Northeast Alabama Mountain Biking Area
I did an update
this page spring 2020
I currently do not think any of the trails are rideable
Location and Directions
Trail Descriptions and Maps
What is there: This Riding area has been wrecked. It is very
sad, but nothing lasts forever. I walked the trails in February 2012 to check
them out. Here is what I found.
1. Genes Loop has been clear cut for the most part and much of the trail plowed for fire breaks. For some reason they followed the trail when they plowed it. Very muddy and rough. This would be a good trail to explore when it was very dry. Maybe someone will restore it by summer.
2. Marks Loop has been clear cut on the back side making it very short. When riding the trail you will come to a gated road from which you can see the new school across hwy 9. Turn left and go a few hundred yards watching for the trail on the left to come back to the parking area. Maybe someone will open the trail through the clear cut area before it grows up.
3. Iron Legs is open and rideable. It is rough and needs new marking.
The three trails here once contained some of the best riding anywhere around. I have ridden in Tennessee, North Carolina, North Georgia, Texas and all around in Alabama and these trails were once some of the most fun trails around. Not as scenic as some others, but prime riding. They are at the present time not worth much. Destroyed by the State and Conservation Department. The Conservation Department has fought the Bicycles for several years plowing up trails for no reason and making it difficult to repair them. They have finally won. Sad! Maybe Coldwater Mountain will some day be a great trail system.
This trail is difficult. It is suitable for riders in good condition with good riding skills. Some of the trail is very steep down hill and requires experience and good brakes. Much of the trail is tight and rocky. This trail is not for beginners unless they are careful and walk the bike through the tough sections. Start at either parking area on the right side of Bain's Gap Road. Ride 0.1 or 0.2 miles to an information center and trail map located at the junction of the two roads from the parking areas. Travel straight up this road to the first fork. The "Entrance Road" is the left side of the fork and the right side is "Bail-Out Road". Take the left side of fork and follow Entrance Road to the first road on the left. There should be a sign denoting Iron Legs Loop and an arrow pointing the way. The single track starts about 100 feet on the right side of this road. The trail is marked at junctions with white or fluorescent yellow arrows pointing the way. Follow the tight, twisty, up-and-down single track for 2.5 miles to a great view atop an old gravel pit. Go another 0.5 miles to another gravel pit, which the trail crosses. The trail re-enters the woods on the left at the east end of pit. After 0.5 miles the trail crosses one woods road then another and enters an extremely technical rocky section. It crosses another road and passes through a jungle village built by the military for training. This area was once an active part of Fort McClellan. Follow the trail as it goes through an old cargo plane body called Bloody Nose. After B. N. the trail goes left and after about 0.5 miles hits a jeep road. The trail goes left (there is a point of interest to the right. Up the road and the first left there is a wrecked copter). After you return from the copter the trail is fast as it follows the top of an earth mound, then abruptly turns right down the steep face of the mound. Know your limits and don't ride above them. The trail will enter a large grassy area. To hit "Bail Out Road" and return to the trail head, take the double track to the left out of this area, then turn right when it hits Bail Out Road. To re-ride the single track go right up a long climb to the entrance road. Turn left on Entrance Road to return to the start of the single track. This trail is a challenge and is fun to ride. This is what technical single track is about. Be careful. You can get hurt on this trail
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Please do not park at or near the game checking station on the dirt section Joseph Springs Motorway across from the trail head. The conservation officer does not want us to park there. Park just across hi-way 9 in or near the hunters camp. The trail starts as a single track down a wide lane through the woods. Travel down this trail for about 0.5 miles across a stream with a rock bottom and watch for the trail on the left marked with a fluorescent orange arrow. (The trail also goes straight ahead about 150 ft. to join a jeep road.) The single track trail is easy to follow and is marked with arrows along the way. This part of the trail is easy and fast. The single track crosses a couple of fire lanes and then goes straight across a Forest Service road and follows an old jeep road. About 0.75 miles up this jeep road go across a small stream and a hard climb up "Blow Hard Hill". At the top it joins the old trail and turns right. This is a fast and curvy fun down hill. Great Ride. Inexperienced riders should go slow. Follow the trail and orange arrows. After the downhill the trail follows fire lanes until the trail crosses Hwy. 9, a paved road. Across Hwy. 9 follow 1 mile of single track and you will arrive at another paved road. It is Joseph Springs Motorway, the road you parked on. There are two options from here. A right turn on to the paved road will return to parking less than a mile. Straight across will make a double track for 1.25 miles and rejoin J. S. Motorway for the return to parking. As of August 97 the loop was about 6.2 miles. This trail is loads of fun and is one of my favorite trails, because I have made some of it. It does get muddy after a rain, but someday maybe we will make some new single track to go around the muddy fire lanes.
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Mark's Loop: This trail is being constructed as a memorial to Dr. Mark Wiltshire who was a local cycling enthusiast and advocate. The trail has been hurt by the clear cutting of the back half of it. It is not all easy and fast trail as it was. Some sections are more difficult, but is a great trail. The trail head is in the back on the hunters camp which is on the North side of Joseph Springs Motorway about 200 yards from Highway 9. It is near the end of Gene's Loop and makes a nice ride in combination with it. Mark's Loop, like Gene's Loop is suitable for Mountain Bikers of all skill levels.
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Choccolocco State Forest, White Plains, Alabama (in Calhoun County). One trail head is on state hi-way 9 and two are just off of Choccolocco Road on Bain's Gap Rd. They are two miles apart and are connected by Joseph Springs Motorway. There is a new sign, put up by the state, on Hwy. 9 marking the Mountain Bike Trails. You can see a map of Calhoun County at Maps of Alabama Counties, the riding area is on the extreme East end of the Fort McClellan Military Reservation. Hwy. # 9 cuts the riding area in two. New map "Directions" located below under trail descriptions and details, shows where the biking area is located.
It would not be safe to ride here during these hunts anyway. During Archery hunts there is no riding Before 9 AM or After 3 PM. This is not so much for the danger as it is courtesy hunters. The 9 'til 3 rule also applies to squirrel and turkey season on the Management Area. During Turkey season you may ride anytime after 9 AM. The dates for Archery and Turkey season are
|Archery - October 15 through January 31 /// normally......... actual dates TBA|
|Turkey - March 20 through April 30|
These dates are accurate according to the 2007 - 2008 Schedule of WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA SEASONS, but are meant only to be a guide. For more information go to Ourtdoor Alabama
Last Updated: 03/6/08
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