McClellan MTB Trail

 

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This trail is located on old Fort McClellan in Anniston, Alabama. This is the first phase of the trail system and the four trails total about 4.5 miles. This the first Mountain Bike Trail certified by the NICA, National Interscholastic Cycling Association. The dedicated purpose is school sponsored MTB teams. The trails are open to everyone and are free.

The trails are rated as easy, but some skill is required. There are climbs that might be difficult for some and some trails have downhills that generate some speed. The trails do not have any rocky sections or difficult places. Although the trails ride like singletrack they are wide enough to pass. They are fun trails.

This trail can be crowded on weekends and bikes should yield to walkers and runners.

Much thanks is owed to the city of Anniston, the Northeast Alabama Cycling Association, IMBA, and the McClellan Development Authority.

There is talk, maybe just a rumor, that there will be several more miles of trail added during phase two. Talk is that it will happen this spring.

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The pdf map should print from your browser. It came from
NEABA's web site. Visit their site for current information.
It is a very good map, but is upside down. North is at
the bottom of the map instead of at the top.

The trails are named Reveille, WAC, 2 Star Betty, and Retreat. WAC and 2 Star Betty are loops. Here is how the trails are laid out. Reveille via a series of switchbacks climbs up the hill and joins with WAC. The WAC loop later joins 2 Star Betty. Which then rejoins WAC. Those trail markers have the letters "TH" on them which denotes that that section of WAC will join Retreat and take you back to the Trail Head.

Taking all of the trails and loops will make the ride about 4.5 miles. The first two times I rode there I missed the second half of the WAC loop. My favorite ride there consists of riding Reveille up to WAC and going past the first junction with that loop. Then riding around WAC, passing both junctions with 2 Star Betty the first time around, and then taking 2 Star Betty the next loop of WAC. Then I ride two loops of 2 Star Betty until I rejoin WAC marked "TH". That then takes me to Retreat and back to the trail head. That is just over a 6 mile ride. For more riding just ride Reveille up to the jct with Retreat and then back to the trail head.

The trails are clearly marked, but the junctions with the other trails are sometimes confusing. I have met more than one person who did not know which trail to take in order to return to the trail head. My last ride there I met a first time rider who was lost. I told him to take WAC to get to Retread. He failed to take the part of WAC marked with the "TH" letters, but took the other half. When I saw him the next time we were close to the section of WAC marked that way and he was able to take it.

 

You can email me at: piedpiper@lightinside.org

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