Vulture's Knob Mountain Bike Trail

$10,136 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 107 people in 18 days
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Rhodes Walter  WOOSTER, OH
Vulture's Knob Mountain Bike Trail is one of the oldest privately owned, public access trails in the cycling community.  Beginning in the early 90's, this 126 acre parcel has consistently offered up technical single track challenges that have encouraged cyclists to push their abilities, physically and emotionally.  Though considered a "local" trail for many reading this, last year alone saw visiting riders from 20 states and 4 countries.  Family focused, the Knob has seen two generations create memories in this special place.

A small, core group of local enthusiasts have managed to keep the trail open during it's life; funding the effort through racing, private rider contributions, and personal donations.    In late 2016, the property changed ownership and has presented new opportunities.  

Friends of Vulture's Knob is a newly formed board, made up of mountain bike enthusiasts, that will be managing the trail system.  A three year agreement has been approved, continuing to lease the land the trail resides on, ensuring public access.  The immediate goals are to establish non-profit status, facilitating public grant eligibility, division of responsibilities, to allow for continued trail improvement, and increasing public awareness and communication.  Having accepted the responsibility for managing the trail system and it's related expenses, we are now turning to the cycling community for support.  

In an effort to be transparent,  the Friends of Vulture's Knob want to share with you the costs involved with operating the trail system.  All figures are annual costs.

- Property Lease - $3500.00 
- Rider Insurance - $3.60 per rider, $7200.00 
- Porta Potty - $600.00 
- Electric - $350.00
- Maintenance consumables - $1000.00
- Legal fees - $250.00

Annual costs - $12,900

Last year, there was a total of $1995.00 donated by 2182 individuals, averaging just .91cents.  We need to do better to keep this resource.

The boys of 331 Racing have generously covered the 2017 lease cost and given the Friends of Vulture's Knob $1k in start up money, but that falls short of the expected costs to maintain access this season.

We are seeking $8000.00 to cover 2017.   A successful campaign will allow public access to continue, provide for maintenance and trail improvement, and assist the Friends of Vulture's Knob with the time necessary to attain non-profit status so that more permanent grant funding may be secured.  All funds will be withdrawn by Rhodes Walter and passed onto the Friends of Vulture's Knob at the time the entity obtains legal entity status.  Our campaign will run until July 1, 2017.

At the time this trail was born, cyclists struggled to find legal places to ride.  Mountain bike trails did not legally exist in government owned parks and property, there was no access for cyclists to enjoy time in the woods.  Vulture's Knob opened its arms and welcomed this fringe group of cyclists in.   Now, this special trail finds it's self struggling to stay open as it is surrounded by tax funded options.  What these new trails cannot provide, however, is the rich, unique history that Vulture's Knob owns, the ability to challenge rider ability with funky, fun features, and a venue where family and friends are free to pitch a tent, share a fire, drink a beverage, and create their own epic tales of their riding experiences.  

Please consider jumping in and supporting Vulture's Knob during this time of transition, your future grandkids will thank you. 

The Friends of Vulture's Knob

Aaron Holmes - President
Ryan Falk - Membership
Mark Miller - Web/Social
Mike, Teresa Ladrach, Joe Campbell - Trail Maintenance
Mark Jones - Race Coordinator
Rody Walter

Vultures Knob Website...Come see us!
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Update 3
Posted by Rhodes Walter
12 days ago
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We had a meeting of the Friends of Vulture's Knob board this week...without a doubt, we were all blown away with the support the community has shown for the trail system. From the earliest days, one of the goals was to develop a recreational opportunity that families could participate in together, encouraging a shared life long activity. This video from Bob Grim, of one of the kids races, epitomizes the spirit of what we hope will continue here at this trail system thanks to the generous donations given during this campaign. If you have friends who you know use this trail who have not yet had the opportunity to contribute, please continue to share this campaign...all monies donated return to you, our mountain bike family.
Family...it's one reason we exist!
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Update 2
Posted by Rhodes Walter
15 days ago
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Wow, I'm amazed at the support of our mountain bike community.

In less than 48 hours we've achieved a goal that we have struggled to reach each year previously through racing and trail donations. Your actions affirm the work that has been done by many diverse individuals over the years to maintain access, improve the trail, and give back to the community.

I've received many emails from folks who would like to contribute but need a few weeks more to participate. Please know that any amount is appreciated. Any additional funds will be earmarked for immediate trail improvements, including permanent trail signage for the Cross country, Down Hill, Short Track, and High School Course and replacement of the Rainbow bridge.

Thank you so much, your kindness has made for a bright 2017 season. I look forward to seeing y'all on the trail.

Rody
Pretty Baby is happy!
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Update 1
Posted by Rhodes Walter
16 days ago
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Wow, we're off to a great start! Just over 24 hours since we let folks know of our need and we're well over half way to our goal. A little more generosity and we will be able to keep the trail open for 2017 and set up the Friends of Vulture's Knob for future success, Thank you to the 44 people who have brought us this far. Please share our need with others you know who utilize this important resource, as we need to pull together as a community to guarantee access for all. Your kindness has been uplifting. The Friends of Vulture's Knob
It is a special place to build memories!
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Teresa Ladrach
17 days ago

Our little diamond in the rough. Love going out here to ride with friends and watch the sun set!

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$10,136 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 107 people in 18 days
Created March 10, 2017
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MC
$20
Michael Connolly
8 days ago
2
2
DN
$100
David Nonno
10 days ago
2
2
SD
$100
Spencer and Matt Dilyard
10 days ago
2
2
BS
$50
Benjamin Smith
10 days ago
2
2
AD
$50
Andrew Durniat
10 days ago
2
2

I knew of Vultures Knob before I knew of Wooster

JC
$50
James Carey
11 days ago
2
2

Only ever walked these trails a few times and don't even own a mountain bike. But the Knob provides a valuable service to our cycling community, especially our youth. Keep up the great work!

DB
$100
Dan Brock
12 days ago
2
2
WB
$100
Wayne Bowers
12 days ago
2
2

331 ROCKS!

$50
Anonymous
12 days ago
2
2
KK
$100
Kevin Krol
13 days ago
2
2

Looking forward to riding there again sometime soon!

Teresa Ladrach
17 days ago

Our little diamond in the rough. Love going out here to ride with friends and watch the sun set!

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