Featured MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
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 Huntsville, the 2,140 acre Monte Sano State Park has a 30 mile singletrack loop with limited stretchs of doubletrack and pavement. The trails are very rocky with lots of tough short climbs and numerous switchbacks.
Northeast of Tuskegee in the Tuskegee National Forest, a 8.6 mile stretch of the Bartram National Recreation Trail passes through the Tuskegee National Forest. This scenic section of the Bartram National Recreation Trail wanders for 8.6 miles through hardwood ravines and along pine ridges.
North of Addison near Brushy Lake in the Bankhead National Forest, the Black Warrior Trail System (aka Owl Creek) has about 30 miles of trails from easy to moderate which can form great loops. The trails are marked regularly with colored metal diamonds.
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.
North of Montgomery near Wetumpka, the 8 mile Swayback Bridge Trail on the southeast side of Lake Jordan is a relatively new rolling singletrack. Best in the spring when the Azaleas are blooming. The trail is well blazed and there is a map at the mountain bike trailhead.