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NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Sessions

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

NEMBA Guidance for Rides

Out of an abundance of caution NEMBA put a hold on Trial Care days and Group Rides as the Covid-19 Pandemic escalated.

Currently it seems like every day one or more of the New England States change their recommendations and guidelines. Their overriding concern, of course, is safety.

As each state sets its own policies NEMBA’s policies must be flexible. Our policies must follow at least the minimum guidelines set by each state. But since these guidelines vary in their directives, we have developed some parameters that we believe support the cautious resumption of group rides and trail care sessions. You can help support the health and safety of all riders (and other trail users) by following these practices!

See State by State restrictions below.


NEMBA Recommendations for Group Rides

· Non-household Group rides are allowed in all New England states. The permitted size of those groups varies. NEMBA recommends group sizes of 10 people or less. This is a common requirement in many riding areas. It also reduces interruptions to other trail users and helps keep groups safe and fun. But we leave it to local chapters and their ride leaders to determine what is best for them.

· Maintaining at least 3 bike lengths between each rider ensures physical distancing, at least 30’ but the more the better. The standard 6' social distance may not ensure safety when riding behind a rider or group for long periods of time. So we recommend many times that distance, as far as is practicable. The exception is with family members.

· Ride with a mask at the ready so that you can quickly put it on if you come across other trail users in an area where you can’t maintain a social distance of at least 6’. Or better yet, leave it on. A mask is primarily a courtesy to others. It is a source control measure that limits what you may spread via exhalation. It also provides some protection to you.

· Exaggerate your courtesy to other trail users. When encountering other trail users, slow down or stop and move off the trail to provide room for people to pass and maintain social distance. This is a time when nobody should assume a “right of way”.

· Do not linger in groups before or after rides. We will all get our “social” on when this Pandemic is over.

· Don’t overcrowd a riding area. If a riding area is busy, try to find an alternate time or location to ride but try to stay close to home. There are state-by-state restrictions on traveling across state lines. Observe them!

· Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a large pain point at many riding areas. If a parking area is full, find another legal place to park.

· We leave it to local chapters to decide what is best for their area and the comfort level of their ride leaders.

· NEMBA requires using some method of rider registration so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it.

· If you or your chapter would like to hold a group ride, either with or without Eventbrite, send an email to . That way you will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.


NEMBA Recommendations for Family Rides

· Follow all the requirements of your local governments (State, City or Town) and requirements of the property where you wish to ride.

· Best practice is to ride with members of your household.

· Wear masks when in the presence of others and it is not possible to be at least 6’ apart.

· If possible, choose riding areas without crowds.


NEMBA Recommendations for Trail Care Events

Since each State sets its own policy for outdoor group size, NEMBA’s policy must be flexible. But it must follow the guidelines set by that state. Since these guidelines are in some cases contradictory, we have developed some suggested parameters of our own.

Traditional Trail Care days where more than 30 people might show up in a parking lot, hang out together for instructions, grab tools and head out should be put on hold for now. As must the traditional after trailwork parking lot thank you party. We recommend:


  • 1  Trail Care sessions must be limited to 4-9 people.
  • 2  Social distancing of at least 12’ must be maintained at all times.
  • 3  Face coverings must be used whenever one is within 15’ of anyone else.
  • 4  Tools must not be shared unless they are sanitized before handoffs.
  • 5  For the time being, doing small projects should be the goal.
  • 6  Advance sign up or, events run by invitation only, may be used to put limits on the numbers.
  • 7 After the event, participants should leave the gathering area as soon as possible.
  • 8 NEMBA requires using some method of volunteer registration so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it.


If you or your NEMBA chapter want to sponsor a Trail Care Event send an email to . This will ensure that your event will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

Maine Covid-19 Response    Maine Bureau of Parks

Vermont Covid-19 Guidance    VT State Parks

New Hampshire Covid-19     NH State Parks

Massachusetts Covid-19    Mass DCR Guidance

Connecticut Covid Response    CT DEEP Response

Rhode Island Covid Information    RI DEM Guidance

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WM NEMBA Weekend Trail Work


5/18/14 9:00am to 12:00pm

We have scheduled the following dates for our 2014 Trail Care Season. Please come out and help support the trails.
•    Sunday, May 18th
•    Sunday, June 15th
•    Sunday, July 26th and 27th - our 14th annual MTB weekend
•    Sunday, August 17th
•    Sunday, September 21st


Location TBA, Check website


White Mountains

Event Leader

Rob Adair

Gorham NH MTB Weekend


10/18/14 9:00am to 10/19/14 3:30pm

Mt Biking in Gorham, NH.  October 18th & 19th  2014

Presented by Top Notch Inn, Coos Cycling Club, Libby's Bistro & White Mountains NEMBA

We invite you, friends and family to Gorham! Plenty to do here in the White Mts. Ride the trails, hike, paddle and party!  Stay at Top Notch Inn & dine at Libby's Bistro. All are welcome.

Sat & Sun there will be signed trails, maps and guided mt bike rides leaving Top Notch Inn at 10am and 2pm.

Fri, Sat & Sun rooms at the Top Notch Inn discounted for participants. Libby's Bistro Saturday 5pm cocktail party and 6pm a family style dinner for just $15!

Must call the Top Notch Inn to make reservations for rooms & reserve dinner 603-466-5496

Stay connected and learn about the latest by checking out the Facebook event page.


Gorham, New Hampshire


White Mountains


Event Leader

Sally Brassill

White Mountains NEMBA Leaf Peeper Bash


10/12/19 (All day)

White Mountains NEMBA Leaf Peeper Bash

WHEELS UP TO THE BIGGEST PARTY IN TOWN! White Mountain NEMBA & Ride NoCo are throwing an evening sender at Theater In The Wood in Intervale NH known as the great first annual LEAF PEEPER BIKE BASH! Be a part of history and join us - you’ll be glad you did!

Evening Highlights:

- BIKE RAFFLE! Presented by Stan & Dan Sports, a brand new Rocky Mountain Bicycles C50 Instinct up for raffle - valued at $4,759. Special raffle tickets are $5 for the bike and you can buy as many as you want! BUY TICKETS HERE!

- Potluck Dinner! Join the MWV bike community and bring a dish for a $5 ticket discount. Food is family! Challenge yourself to contribute - this is where it counts!

- Beer! We will have plenty of refreshing libations to offer from a variety of beer providers!

- Movies! Premiere of Anthill Films latest flick Return to Earth (47 min running time)! See trailer below.

- Local Films! Debut of three local riding films to show in front of the crowd!

- Special trail development announcement about the future of riding here in the Valley!

- Professional Athlete and Rocky Mountain Bicycles team rider Peter Ostroski!

- 20 vendors to provide a festival-like atmosphere from brands to retailers to local trail groups - let's welcome our neighbors!

- Raffles, silent auctions, free swag, and more!

Don't miss this massive launch of a new dawn in mountain biking here in the Valley. The future depends on it - Thank you for your support!


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White Mountains

Event Leader

Chris McKay

FA NEMBA Tour de Borderlands Stop 1


5/18/19 (All day)

Franconia Area NEMBA Tour de Borderlands Stop #1!!

Wow are we excited to share our trails with you!

Join us Saturday May 18th for some group rides, we will have different level rides to make sure everyone can join in. With the snow finally melting up here are figuring out which trails to take based on conditions so stay tuned for updates!

We will be set up at the Franconia's Dow Park, located at 1 Academy Ave at Noon so you can chat with our Volunteers and learn about our trail network, projects and trail days we have coming up and about our Franconia Area NEMBA chapter and group events!! We will also have some raffle items to help raise money for our traill project this year.

Rides will start at 1pm and end based on the groups needs, but we will have everyone back for 3:30pm. Once we have all gathered together we will take some group photos and take a nice easy short ride down to Iron Furnace Brewing for some post ride food and drinks and announce raffle winners!
There will be easy, intermediate and advanced level rides.  All will be fun no-drop rides.

Please feel free to contact Sara at if you have any questions.
We are looking forward to seeing you on May18th!
You can save time by siging NEMBA's once-a-year Ride Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so.


Franconia Area


Event Leader

Sara Thomson

FA NEMBA Spring Trail Care Day


Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun May 05 2019 .
4/28/19 (All day)

FA Nemba Spring Trail Care Cleanup Days

Sunday April 29 2019 and Sunday May 28, 2019  9:30 AM

Gather at White Mountain Bike Shop at Franconia Inn

Bring Gloves, Clippers, maybe a light trail rake, bug spray if it's warm enough for bugs.

We may do some trail repair as well.   We will break up into several groups and head to different locations around the network.

We may ride to test the trails after conditions permitting. 

You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to take part.  You just have to want to make our trils better,

Save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Trail Care Waiver ahead of time.


Franconia Area


Event Leader

Christopher Nicodemus



2/17/19 (All day)

PRKR MTN FatBike Poker Run

PRKR Trails, Littleton Bike & Fitmess, LIttleton Parks & Recreation and Franconia Area NEMBA are Hosting a FatBike Poker Run on Sunday 2/17 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Join us for our third FatBike Poker Ride on Sunday February 17,2019 at 10am on the fabulous PRKR Mtn Trail system one of New Hampshire's few groomed singletrack trail systems for FatBikes. The idea of a Poker Ride is to ride to five different points throughout the trail system and collect a playing card from each point. At the end, prizes are given to those with the best Poker hands. This fundraiser's proceeds will be put towards building maintaining our network of singletrack trails

What's included? Poker Sheet, PRKR Sticker, Lunch and Non alcoholic beverage, swag and prizes.

What do I need to bring? Yourself, a Fatbike, a helmet, and the willingness to have alot of fun.

The ride will start from the top of School St., Littleton, NH, 03561

   You can register for this event HERE!


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Franconia Area


Event Leader

Dave Harkless

Franconia Area Trail Collaborations

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Borderlands: A collaboration of emerging and established mountain biking destinations in the area north of the New Hampshire Notches including adjacent Vermont and Maine have been working to establish a coordinated set of riding destinations for visitors to northern New England. Founding institutions include Franconia Area NEMBA and Parker Mountain as well as Kingdom Trails, Circuite Frontieres in East Hereford Quebec, Coos Cycling/Hub North in Gorham NH and Mahoosuc Trails in Bethel Maine and the effort is being coordinated by the Northern Forest Center (link) with a goal of leveraging the MTB cycling as an economic driver of the north country. The brand of “Borderlands” has been chosen to label this collaborative and folks should expect the Borderlands to roll out in the Spring of 1919.

Trail Grants and projects: A collaboration of community leaders and local organizations including FA-NEMBA, The Friends of Profile Trails, Lafayette Recreation, Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, and The Profile School have been working to formalize the trail networks in the Franconia, Sugar Hill and Easton Valleys and also to link them to our our adjoin communities of Bethlehem and Littleton. Grant funding has been received through the Mountain Bike Collabroative, the NH Department Education, The Recreational Trail Program, and private donors and work to improve the trails is in progress. A big project seeks to link Franconia Village to Profile School and on to Bethlehem Village as a keynote addition to the emerging Profile Trails network.

New Eateries in the Franconia Village: 2018 saw establishment of several new eateries in the Franconia Village. At the west end of town the Iron Furnace Brewery has been launched. It is at a popular location just down the street from the start of the new Art trail adjacent to the iconic stone furnace viewing area on west main street by route 117. At its launch it is operating on weekends limited by the capacity of the brew master, but expansion is anticipated soon. In the heart of town, the hungry bear café has just opened offering both breakfast and lunch offerings with a good variety of choices and at the East end of town on the Cannon Mountain at the junction of 142 Plain Kates Saloon is a popular new location for dinner and drinks. These compliment Dutch Treat and Chef Joe’s as well as the restaurants and pubs that can be found at our many regional classic England inns Read more about [node:title]

Northern NH

Profile Trail Network: Franconia Inn Trails

1172 Easton Rd
Franconia  New Hampshire  03580
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Franconia Inn, Glider Port and Nordic Center is three miles south of the Village Center on route 116. The Nordic center in winter serves as home to the White Mountain Bike Shop in summer.

MTB bicycle network shares sections of the Nordic Ski and snow shoe trail system and some purpose built bike trails. For those seeking adventure these trails also adjoin old forest ways that follow the lower slopes of the Kinsman ridge and hiking biking on old forest ways is permitted by the Forest Service but these trails are not maintained to any standard, are not marked and are not authorized for formal use.

Parking is available at the Inn and a number of beginner and intermediate loops can be followed starting from rating with Birch Run on the opposite side of the airfield.

Maps and guidance is available at the White Mountain Bike shop during the riding season.

The trails around Franconia Inn also connect via Middle Earth and Ians trail back the Lawrence Family Forest and hence to Fox Hill Park.

An additional more advanced single track connection can be followed via Red Flyer on the higher slopes below Mittersill Village.

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Local Shops

Littleton Bike & Fitness

Links to Relevant Resources

Northern NH

Lafayette Trails, Franconia

141 Butterhill Rd
Franconia  New Hampshire  03580
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Lafayette Trails are a section of National Forest West of I-93 adjoining the Franconia Notch State Park and extending down to exit 36.
The trailhead is 100 yards in from the trail head parking off route 141 (Butterhill Road).
This land is promoted by the national forest for ungroomed Nordic skiing along the former road bed of route 3 and with several additional loops. These are detailed in a kiosk map at the site.
The area is suitable for mountain bikes but the forest service is not maintaining these trails for single track riding. They are suitable for those seeking to explore relatively gentle terrain adjacent to Franconia Notch State Park and bicycles are permitted.
This parcel also adjoins the Franconia Notch State Park Extension and may represent a future opportunity for interconnection.

Local Shops

Littleton Bike & Fitness