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    Nockamixon State Park

    We received all the approvals needed to build MTB trails at Nockamixon S.P.

    Trail build days will be posted at http://bikevmb.com/ http://www.phillymtb.org/ and http://groups.google.com/group/nocka...ark-volunteers Nockamixon specific info can be found at the Google Group and anyone can join.

    Sep 26 we will begin clearing the corridor for the first official "build" day which will be in mid Oct. The trail head is located at Tower Rd and Fink Dr. 18942
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    That's great to hear. Can never have enough local "approved" rides. What types of trails are going to be implemented?
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    Kool- Just joined VMB a couple weeks ago. Live right in Quakertown and can absolutely be there to help clear the corridor on the 25th - have own hand tools. Psyched -first mtb trail in Upper Bucks Co.!

    What time meeting at trailhead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boxman12
    That's great to hear. Can never have enough local "approved" rides. What types of trails are going to be implemented?
    Boxman, all I remember hearing is "beginner-to-moderate". Do you live in Upper Bucks Co.?

    We've needed this for a long time in the Quakertown/Perkasie area- can't wait to help build. Hats off to VMB for getting this ball rolling!

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    Thanks to all the individuals and clubs who worked to get this approved!

    I can't wait to get my hands dirty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roxnroots
    Boxman, all I remember hearing is "beginner-to-moderate". Do you live in Upper Bucks Co.?

    We've needed this for a long time in the Quakertown/Perkasie area- can't wait to help build. Hats off to VMB for getting this ball rolling!
    Cool.
    I actually live in the Fort Washington area but work in Montgomeryville.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boxman12
    Cool.
    I actually live in the Fort Washington area but work in Montgomeryville.
    Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. Wished you and other guys down there lived up this way. There are NO mtbrs in Quakertown - always have to ride alone around here. Hope the new trail generates some interest in this area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roxnroots
    Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. Wished you and other guys down there lived up this way. There are NO mtbrs in Quakertown - always have to ride alone around here. Hope the new trail generates some interest in this area.
    Oh, I'll definitely roll up there once it's done. I'd like to see if I can wiggle some work room into my schedule, to feel like I contributed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boxman12
    Oh, I'll definitely roll up there once it's done. I'd like to see if I can wiggle some work room into my schedule, to feel like I contributed.
    Sounds good. I lucked out - the new trail's 3 miles from where I live in Q-town in one direction and only 2 miles from my work in Perkasie the other. I'll actually have a "home" trail to ride and help maintain.

    What's really cool is that there won't be horses allowed on it from what I understand unlike the rest of the park so it won't be like that crapfest over at Green Lane or up at Jacobsburg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roxnroots
    Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. Wished you and other guys down there lived up this way. There are NO mtbrs in Quakertown - always have to ride alone around here. Hope the new trail generates some interest in this area.
    I am a former Quakertonian. I live a few miles west now in the Upper Perk area.
    I mostly ride Green Lane because it is so close. Lot's of crap but it's still fun for a local ride. Hit me up if your ever out my way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Ro
    I am a former Quakertonian. I live a few miles west now in the Upper Perk area.
    I mostly ride Green Lane because it is so close. Lot's of crap but it's still fun for a local ride. Hit me up if your ever out my way.
    Cool. Basically, you're telling me that the only other mtbr in Q-town moved out? Planning on the corridor clearing at Nox on the 26th or else the trailbuild days to follow? Maybe see ya there.

    As for Green Lane, my wife (we've been married 6 years) grew up there and my in-laws' place actually backs up to the reservoir off Knight/Ward/Knightsward roads. Needless to say, I seriously try to avoid the Pennsburg area these days as much as I can.
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    Hey Box and Rox the trails at Nox will be bike and hike only single track. the corridor clearing will be on Sunday Sep 26. meeting at 9am
    http://maps.google.com/maps?rlz=1C1C...ed=0CBQQ8gEwAA

    more info can be found at http://bikevmb.com/

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    Wow, this is awesome news. Shame I'm not in the area right now as I'd love to help, but it's still good to see some new trail being cut in around the Bucks area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kool
    Hey Box and Rox the trails at Nox will be bike and hike only single track. the corridor clearing will be on Sunday Sep 26. meeting at 9am
    http://maps.google.com/maps?rlz=1C1C...ed=0CBQQ8gEwAA

    more info can be found at http://bikevmb.com/
    just signed up - see you there

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    Quote Originally Posted by roxnroots
    Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. Wished you and other guys down there lived up this way. There are NO mtbrs in Quakertown - always have to ride alone around here. Hope the new trail generates some interest in this area.

    Myself and atleast 10 others live in quakertown! We get group rides going all the time. We do greenlane once a week, and jacobsburg every Wednesday with saucon valley bikes! I would suggest checking out their site for ride info. You can meet some people from the area!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doneverett
    Myself and atleast 10 others live in quakertown! We get group rides going all the time. We do greenlane once a week, and jacobsburg every Wednesday with saucon valley bikes! I would suggest checking out their site for ride info. You can meet some people from the area!
    That's very cool - I often ride around town for fun, 10-15 fast loops around the rec field bike path for conditioning, and around the Brickyard pond/quad trails in the woods east of Heller Road (pretty cool back there) for "tech" whenever I'm not racking the ride for the singletrack on South Mountain at Lehigh U. or French Creek (which rocks). I've seen one guy on a Kona in the park during the four years that I've lived here so I figured no one in town rode.

    I've ridden Green Lane (my inlaws' place backs up to the park), Jacobsburg, and Blue Marsh and like them OK. I ride a gt Sanction 1 full-squish 6" 34 lb. FR rig so I'd like to ride with you guys but might be bringing up the rear if you all got fast XC HT mid-20-something-lb.-type rides on that type of trail. What day/time does the Q-town crew typically ride Green Lane and do you meet at the main parking lot on Knight Road just in from Route 29 or the other lot at Knight and Ward Roads between the bridges just off 663?

    Any of you signed up as Valley Mountain Biker members yet and/or planning to cut open the Nox trail next Sunday? If so, I'll see you there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kool
    Hey Box and Rox the trails at Nox will be bike and hike only single track. the corridor clearing will be on Sunday Sep 26. meeting at 9am
    http://maps.google.com/maps?rlz=1C1C...ed=0CBQQ8gEwAA

    more info can be found at http://bikevmb.com/
    Would love to be there, but I have my daughter's fourth birthday party. I don't think momma would approve....

    ETA: I just signed up at VMB, under sxharr05.
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    No problem, plenty of work days ahead. I'm Kenny on VMB

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    Kool beans!

    I won't be able to make it this weekend. Doing the Bike MS City to Shore ride saturday/sunday. But I'm glad to hear this is going forward. I've been following the progress over on the VMB board from time to time, but aren't as active in the on-line forums as I used to be.

    Anyway, I live in Ferndale (maybe 4 miles from Tower & Fink.) - so I'm very excited about the trail-building and will happily pitch in whenever I'm able. It'll be nice to have another ride option even closer to home than High Rocks!
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    Nice stick, that makes you the third homebrewer on the project. Were going to have some fun trail days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kool
    Nice stick, that makes you the third homebrewer on the project. Were going to have some fun trail days.
    Got that right. I do my best to keep 7 taps flowing w/ another handful of back-up kegs just in case people get really thirsty.
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    So, everybody ready to cut some brush tomorrow?

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    O yea. Some people will be going for a ride after the work day at Stover Park, bring your bike if you want to ride.

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    Great job today Kool and VMB! Thanks to the guys from PMBA too. Amazing how much got done!

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    Just wanted to let everyone know the first corridor clearing day went
    incredibly well. 16 volunteers showed up on a beautiful day and
    totally exceeded what I expected to accomplish for the day. Almost
    everything that was approved during the first walk through has been
    cleared and much of it is finished trail.
    We will be going out Sundays to work on the trail (think its best to
    stay out on Saturdays due to hunters in the woods). This Sunday Oct
    3, 9am we will finish clearing the trail and begin bench cutting. As
    an extra incentive I have coffee and donuts left over from last week
    still in the back of my truck.

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    Workday on 10/10?

    I'd like to help out this Sunday... Is it a scheduled workday? 9am? What tools to bring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldnfat
    I'd like to help out this Sunday... Is it a scheduled workday? 9am? What tools to bring?
    When I left the trailhead last Sunday afternoon we were planning on meeting 9 AM this Sunday at Fink and Tower roads. Weather looks great. Guys have been bringing pickaxes, shovels, and pulaskis for filling holes and in bench-cutting, loppers for pruning roots during bench-cutting and around small stumps. Saws are good. Those stiff "wire" (NOT plastic) style leaf rakes are really great for sweeping the debris out of the trail down to bare dirt. What's been nice is that people have brought enough of the right tools that we've made great progress in just two Sundays.

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    The walk through today with DCNR to approve the rest of the proposed trail went very well. There are some spots in question but we already have a plan to avoid those areas. It may be a couple weeks till we hear from them.
    We have plenty of work to do in the area we have been working on. We still need to bench cut some areas and fix sections of the existing trail so water flows across the trail rather then down it. We also have a a few spots that need to be rock armored and that will take a lot of time, and there is the never ending trash clean up. Yea we have fix what the horses destroyed last Sunday.
    I think we have the ok to ride the trail during work days, just need the ok from the park manager. We all agreed that it's best to ride the trail to find any adjustments that may be needed. THE MTB TRAILS ARE NOT OPEN FOR THE PUBLIC TO RIDE UNTIL WE HAVE THE TRAIL DONE. Volunteers are more than welcome to help us out.
    Sunday's 9:00am till 5:00 pm. We will be out there. You could help out all day or just stop out for an hour or two

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    Trail work on the first section is coming along nice, still waiting on the approval of the final section.

    Working on Sundays 9am till ?

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    new to the area moved to doylestown and would love to find some local trails. Originally from LI and tons of trails, but not alot around here. Heard of high rocks and now nockamixon.

    Are the trails pretty easy to navigate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kleinmantra
    new to the area moved to doylestown and would love to find some local trails. Originally from LI and tons of trails, but not alot around here. Heard of high rocks and now nockamixon.

    Are the trails pretty easy to navigate?
    We have two loops done and are just starting a new section, the trails are not yet open to the public although we can ride on build days which is every Sunday 9-4. More info on the trails at Nockamixon can be found at bikevmb.com you can also find maps of many trails in the Lehigh Valley(30-40min from Doylestown) on the VMB website.

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    can anyone volunteer to help build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kleinmantra
    can anyone volunteer to help build?
    Yes, we meet at Tower Rd and Fink Dr 18942

    http://maps.google.com/maps?rlz=1C1C...ed=0CBQQ8gEwAA

    Hope to see you out some day

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    How many miles of total trail are going to be built?
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    Right now we have 8 miles flagged and approved, and another potential 4 miles on this particular section of the park to be flagged this winter.

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    From an ex-mountain biker To everyone involved in the creation of these trails.. Great job! I was deer hunting (taking the shotgun for a walk) at tower road and ran across all these little trail markers, so I started following them until I ran across a placard placed on a tree explaining the new trails. The trails are well made and marked with lots of turns and good use of existing terrain features. everyone must have put in a hell of alot of work to make them cause they pop in and out of those thick pines. Just some nice rolling singletrack with some log and creek crossings perfectly suited for mountain biking and devoid of the issues with equestrian use. I saw a couple day hikers checkin out the new trails and bumped into them later in the day, they really seemed to dig these trails (rave reviews) so its good to see there getting used even when its butt cold. I havent been out on my mountain bike in several years and even then havent really been into the sport in more than a decade as work,family, and other interests have taken its place, but I think I'll dust the cobwebs off my specialized and see if I still got it. Good job on the trails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GPSAR
    From an ex-mountain biker To everyone involved in the creation of these trails.. Great job! I was deer hunting (taking the shotgun for a walk) at tower road and ran across all these little trail markers, so I started following them until I ran across a placard placed on a tree explaining the new trails. The trails are well made and marked with lots of turns and good use of existing terrain features. everyone must have put in a hell of alot of work to make them cause they pop in and out of those thick pines. Just some nice rolling singletrack with some log and creek crossings perfectly suited for mountain biking and devoid of the issues with equestrian use. I saw a couple day hikers checkin out the new trails and bumped into them later in the day, they really seemed to dig these trails (rave reviews) so its good to see there getting used even when its butt cold. I havent been out on my mountain bike in several years and even then havent really been into the sport in more than a decade as work,family, and other interests have taken its place, but I think I'll dust the cobwebs off my specialized and see if I still got it. Good job on the trails!
    Thanks , I'm one of the group of mostly Upper Bucks mtbrs associated with Valley Mountain Bikers that's been building every single Sunday 9:00 AM to about 3:00 P.M. or so since late September. We can always use more volunteers to ensure a Spring 2011 official opening of the entire trail system - we're roughly halfway done now. So bring the Spesh and join us on a Sunday to build and ride.

    We've had help from really great guys from Philly Mountain Bikers Association and the Crank Crew out of Hatboro-Horsham area too. Once the ground freezes, we'll continue corridor clearing all winter regardless of temp until spring when we'll resume benchcutting and grooming. We've been meeting at Fink and Tower, now starting to meet at Fink and Foellner, might eventually start meeting along South Park near the dam as work progresses on the half of the trail system south of Foellner.

    Just FYI that the state has NOT yet open these trails yet to mtbrs except those building on Sundays to testride and beat in the fresh dirt. We'd love to build on Saturdays in the fall but we've been trying to avoid guys like you with shotguns.

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    PLEASE

    Respect the Hunters. Wear BRIGHT ORANGE.

    Respect the trail. DO NOT RIDE WHEN THE TRAILS ARE WET.

    Enjoy the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kool
    We have two loops done and are just starting a new section, the trails are not yet open to the public although we can ride on build days which is every Sunday 9-4. More info on the trails at Nockamixon can be found at bikevmb.com you can also find maps of many trails in the Lehigh Valley(30-40min from Doylestown) on the VMB website.
    We're still working every Sunday through the winter if anyone wants to stop by and help out. Starting around 10 am, meeting near the dam on South Park Rd. We even have extra tools for you to use!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kool
    PLEASE
    Respect the Hunters. Wear BRIGHT ORANGE.
    Respect the trail. DO NOT RIDE WHEN THE TRAILS ARE WET.
    Enjoy the ride.

    So when do you think the first official time or month will be to ride here?
    Will there be any TM in January? One more thing, when is hunting season over?

    Thanks.
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    Hunting season is open until the end of January, we have TM days every Sunday and will probably switch to Saturdays in Feb. when hunting season is over.
    Most of the trails should be completed by May.

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