Client: Cincinnati Nature Center

Scope: We built award-winning, hiking-only trails for the nationally recognized Cincinnati Nature Center. Working carefully in consideration of culturally and biologically sensitive areas, we not only improved and renovated existing natural surface trails, but we also installed new natural surface and surface hardened trails to create unique trail experiences that guests can enjoy for decades and generations to come. Specific tasks included re-routing unsustainably steep trails and those with dilapidated features like stairs.


Client: Michigan’s Edge Mountain Bike Association

Scope: We were hired to design and build a series of multi-use trails with varying difficulties by the Michigan’s Edge Mountain Bike Association (MEMBA). MEMBA networked with Muskegon County to identify approximately 500+ acres of unused land that could be developed for recreational purposes. These trails are designed for mountain biking, trail running and hiking and some sections are snow groomed for fat biking in the winter months. This trail system was named after the Mosquito Creek stream that runs through the property. The build plan was divided into phases that would be completed over a few years to allow MEMBA time to acquire grants, donations and raise funds for the trails along with a parking lot, bathroom, changing station, signage, benches and bike repair stations. We built phase one as a beginner loop with almost three miles of wide, smooth trail with very little elevation change. Phase two was just over three miles and was built as an intermediate skills loop with more elevation, narrower trail tread and jump options. We built phase three as an advanced skills loop which incorporates even more elevation, steep side slopes, narrow trail features along with inviting views of the Mosquito Creek. Throughout the build phases, we have provided feedback and training to the MEMBA volunteers to teach them how to build wooden puncheons/bridges and sustainably maintain the trails for years of use in all seasons.


Client: Five Rivers MetroParks

Scope: We took a flat field and turned it into a feature-rich mile of trail which users currently love in Huffman Park, just 45 minutes from downtown Dayton. The family-friendly trail not only draws kids and their parents from throughout the region, but it’s also a favorite for area hand cyclists, and it doubles as a gateway trail to provide access for all users to go deeper inside the park and onto many more miles of trail. The project was built especially with small people in mind and includes a surface hardened strider or tot track as well as fun alternate lines with bridge, log and rock features and even a gravity-oriented pump track.


Client: City of Lebanon

Scope: We transformed a level one-mile trail that previously stayed muddy for eight months of every year into a beautiful experience through rehabilitated prairie land. After we completed construction of the elevated trail tread with numerous bridges, a prairie grass contractor then completed the rehabilitation process - our combined efforts produced a trail that gets rave reviews. Our trail tread is also robust enough to allow zero turn mowers the ability to drive the length of the trail to keep the prairie grass from overgrowing the trail and brushing users’ legs.


Client: Nittany Mountain Biking Association

Scope: Dirt Artisans was contracted to build almost 3.25 miles of beginner to intermediate mountain bike trails due to a unique collaboration between a church, a bike club and the local community. Calvary Harvest Fields Church, near State College, agreed to have these trails built on their property which already included a frisbee golf course, ponds and large grassy fields for individual and group recreation. These trails were designed with beginners and youth in mind as a place they could learn to mountain bike with opportunities to improve their skills and become more confident and eventually be able to enjoy the many other advanced/technical trails in the central Pennsylvania area. We built the trails to include all types of riding experiences including, gravel in wide open fields, soil in forested areas, varied elevations, rock crossings, puncheons/bridges along with creating alternate lines with jumps and more challenging rock features.

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