Located in Alabama, the mountain biking in Birmingham is known for three cool mountain bike rides. The best Birmingham mountain biking based on popularity are considered to be Oak Mountain State Park, Cheaha Express Trail, and Coldwater Trail System. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Birmingham mountain biking trail below.
Located 15 miles south of Birmingham near Pelham, the 9,940 acre Oak Mountain State Park has 13 mountain bike trails totaling 30 miles. The 17 mile Red Trail has ten miles of singletrack through pine-studded, magnolia-covered ridges and lush green valleys. The trail has some sharp switchbacks and killer technical sections.
East of Birmingham and south of Anniston, the 2,800 acre Cheaha State Park has a 4 loop trail system cut around Mt. Cheana, which is the highest point in the state. The most popular mountain bike trail is the Cheaha Express beginning from the Bald Rock Parking Area. Also known as the Mountain Express Trail, it is fast, rocky and technical route that is marked with yellow blazes. The Cheaha State Park is completely within the Talladega National Forest.
East of Birmingham near Anniston, the Coldwater Mountain trail system is currently being built out to 75+ miles of purpose-built mountain bike trails spread over 4,000 acres with a maximum vertical drop of 1,000 feet. As of Spring 2015, the first phase is complete with the construction of the 30 mile Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail loop.