Carrabassett ValleyThe Northern Forest Center is delighted to announce that Carrabassett Valley Trails has joined the Borderlands mountain biking collaborative, expanding the number of Borderlands trail networks to eight.

The Borderlands initiative helps create and promote quality mountain biking experiences in eight communities across northern New Hampshire, western Maine, southern Quebec, and northeastern Vermont. It helps revitalize communities by creating new recreation opportunities for residents, attracting more visitors to support local businesses, and gaining positive attention for the region.

“We share an interest with the other Borderland locations in promoting recreation and conservation in the region,” said Carrabassett Valley Trail manager Joshua Tauses. “It’s good to see growth of the communities that are involved. As a member, we’re hoping to give and receive advice around relationships with stakeholders, discuss challenges and successes facing our partners, and communicate around the future of our region as a destination for recreation.”

“We’re excited to align ourselves with like-minded groups promoting the region and broaden our reach beyond New England,” added Tauses. One of the Borderlands initiative’s long-term goals is to attract mountain bikers from across the country to ride in the Northern Forest region.

Carrabassett Valley Trails is a collaboration between the Carrabassett Region chapter of the New England Mountain Biking Association, the Town of Carrabasset Valley, Maine Huts and Trails, and Sugarloaf Ski Area. Together these groups have built and maintain over 75 miles of diverse mountain biking trails – and have plans to expand.

“Because Carrabassett Valley is fairly well-known among New England mountain bikers already, including it will help smaller Borderlands trail networks get more exposure,” said the Northern Forest Center’s Maura Adams, who manages the Borderlands initiative. “At the same time, it’ll motivate more people to explore Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region. We’re eager to see the Borderlands community grow!”

Gabe Perkins, executive director of Mahoosuc Pathways, a Borderlands member in Bethel, Maine, said he welcomes adding another Maine destination to the Borderlands. “Our neighbors to the north in Carrabassett Valley have a trail system that we’ve looked up to for years, and we look forward to learning, sharing, and meaningfully collaborating for years to come.”

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