AMBC volunteers work hard to maintain Knoxville's Urban Wilderness trails

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- If you've ever wondered what stops the trails in Knoxville's Urban Wilderness from being washed away during East Tennessee's rainy season, just ask the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club.

"We invite members of our organization, as well as members of the community to come out. What we try to accomplish is to do maintenance, find problem areas and fix those wet spots on the trail, or areas that need a little attention or a re-route," said AMBC President, Wes Soward. "We're basically just trying to create access to trails, and more trails for obviously mountain bikers, but also hikers, runners, and everybody else that wants to get outside."

As of Feb. 18, 63 percent of days in Knoxville in 2019 have seen rain or snow. A lot of precipitation for multiple days in a row can spell trouble for trails.

According to their website, AMBC currently maintains more than 80 miles of trails.

"We get a bunch of people out, swinging tools in the woods and creating a new trail."

Anyone interested in participating can learn more at

"It builds a sense of accomplishment when you get people out and give them an opportunity to contribute to the trails that they ride so they have a little more respect, and they learn a little bit more about why it's important to only participate in those activities when the conditions allow," said Soward.

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