Listen to Episode #44 | Knoxville Series Part 3: Matthew Kellogg E.D. of AMBC


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Topics Covered:

  • Matthew Kellogg Backstory
  • The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club Background
  • Restarting the Club with a new agenda and aligning with SORBA and IMBA
  • How a trip to Kingdom Trails inspired a greater vision for Knoxville
  • Collaborative process with public and private land owners and managers
  • How the Bell Built Grant Campaign really put Baker Creek and the Urban Wilderness on the map
  • How a Plan / Master Plan can spring board trail building
    • How plans leverage grant funding 
    • How plans offer a road map to the future
    • How plans provide building in phases
    • Building progression into trails
  • A Breakdown of the various trail systems around the Knoxville region
    • Urban Wilderness (40 or so miles of trails)
    • Ijams Nature Center
    • The State of Tennessee – Forks of the River
    • Private Lands (about 25 private land owners) – MOU Breakdown for owners
    • County Land
    • Hastie Park
    • View Park
    • Baker Creek Preserve
    • Stanley Lippencott
    • Fort Dickerson
    • Sharps Ridge (used to reduce undesirable activity in the area)
    • I.C. King
    • Concord Park
    • Lake Norris / Loyston Point
    • Clinch Valley Trail Alliance / Haw Ridge
    • Cherokee National Forest (future project)
    • Big South Fork (NPS land)
  • The Secret Sauce for a diversity of different trails and trail types
  • Vee Hollow
  • Famous AMBC Failures
  • The mix of Professional Trail Builders with Volunteer Builders and the importance of this mix
  • Trail Champions
  • The #SoNoLimo Story
  • Closing Comments


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Trails build community and Communities build trails. What came first you may ask… Host Josh Blum digs into the stories of how trails effect and affect the people and places we call home and those we might like to call home.


Josh Blum is a father and doer of stuff – paired with Advocate, Builder of Trails and Community. Originally from La Crosse WI, Josh has been enjoying the outdoors, trails, and mountain bikes since a young age. Always curious and learning about better ways to improve trail users’ experiences. Josh is employed by WisDOT, and is the owner / operator of Evolution Trail Services.


Author: Ben

Ben is originally from Southeastern Wisconsin. After graduating college at UW La Crosse, he lived in several Midwestern cities, Denver, and Western North Dakota before relocating to Hayward, Wisconsin in 2017, providing a lot of opportunity to experience the outdoors throughout the country. Ben started mountain biking in 2006 after five years of other endurance sports including running and triathlons of various distances. In 2012, he created Mountain Bike Radio and has been dedicated to mountain biking since. He has a lot of experience racing all distances, including 24 hour solos, 12 hour solos, 100 miles, 50 milers, XC distance, fatbikes, gravel, and everything in between. He’s married to wife, Amy, with two young children – Claeson and Paige. Ben hopes that his passion for mountain biking and the outdoors drives his commitment to creating, improving, and maintaining opportunities in the outside world.


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