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Digging Where You Ride

September 17, 2020 1 min read

You know that feeling flowing down a trail, ear to ear grin, living your best life.... some call it “The flow state” or it may be a serious case of “stoke”! 

Before “flow state,” and “stoke” comes good trail design, and to keep the design up to par, we need dedicated trail maintenance.

We are fortunate here in Western North Carolina to have two world-class trail systems in Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest. Both forests are multi-use, which means they see traffic from mountain bike users, hikers, and equestrians.

We spent a good part of a Tuesday morning digging, cleaning, and reshaping drains on one of the most popular flow trails around: Ridgeline in DuPont State Forest. 

Thanks to a cooperative effort from Pisgah Area Sorba and Friends of Dupont Forest, 23 volunteers showed up, and we together knocked out just over 40 drains! Not only do properly maintained drains keep the trail dry and fun, but it’s also the key to long term sustainability for the trail and the ecosystem around it.

Dupont State Forest

Here at Cognative, we are dedicated to giving back to our public trail systems through monetary donations and our time.... and we want to encourage you to do the same with your local trails!  As more users hit the trails, it’s going to take all of us as a community to come together and care for the trails we all love and cherish. We hope to see you riding (and digging) on your favorite trail soon!


Austin Bankert


Learn about our 2% for the trails initiative HERE