Coldwater Mountain

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4.72 out of 5
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Intermediate
30
miles

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↑ 700 ft
↓ 600 ft
889
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
The first 10 miles of what will hopefully become a 60 mile trail system are now in place and ready for riders. As of the writing of the description, trails currently consist of an easy 1 mile beginners loop and a 9 mile intermediate loop which encircles the mountain and takes full advantage of the terrain and elevation. Think of these current loops as flow trails with elevation. If you crossbred F.A.T.S. and Pisgah, this would be their baby. Trails flow clockwise.

Update 3/5/14: Coldwater Mountain now has 25 miles of trail. IMBA has arrived 3/2014 and plans to add 11 more miles over the next couple months bringing the trail to approximately 35 total miles.
-RemedyRider
added by GoldenGooseSingletrack May 30, 2012
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: would this be a good place for a begginer to come ride? -Guest

A: It's definitely a good place to start. The Baby Bear and Mama Bear trails are a fairly easy beginners trail. As you get better, there are some great challenges further up the mountain!

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Q: I am thinking of heading here in late October- are there any concerns in the forest regarding hunting season? -jsoflo

A: October is my favorite time of year to hit Coldwater! I don't believe hunting is allowed on the property but even if it is, there are so many mountain bikers who use the trails that hunters will be aware of you. Wearing blaze orange is always a good idea in fall just to be on the safe side.

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Bunny Hop

October 12, 2016
Sboehm Bunny Hop  
 
Review: A fire near the trail head at the top of the mountain forced us to start at the lower trailhead. This trail must be what childbirth is like. Right off the bat you have a three mile climb ... The trail was rough and hard to negotiate, I was thinking, "what a mistake"! And then I made the turn and started back down ...woohoo! I completely forgot about the pain going up. This was the most fun that I've ever had on a bike! Can't wait to go back.

Similar Trail: Oak Mountain

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Gramcounter


October 3, 2016
mpeagan Gramcounter  
 
Review: First time at Coldwater. Signage was a bit lacking, but I see new posts are being placed which should alleviate confusion. Trials are great, lots of fun, and offer challenges.

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Bunny Hop


August 26, 2016
rtrybka Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Had about an hour and a half to ride. Rode Baby Bear and Momma Bear. Varied terrain, a few rock spots here and there. Had a very good ride and workout. Trails well marked. No issues finding my way.

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July 5, 2016
ktx Gramcounter  
 
Review: AWEsome! Learned a new trail word "choss-y" to describe aspects of some of the trail surfaces. Sure seemed like there was vastly more fast flowy bermy descending than climbing. Tried to follow dheslep's route (below), but we got sidetracked on a "black diamond" adventure ... followed orange flags through some great rock gardens culminating in a couple massive rock bridges, but then backtracked to Start of Bomb Dog since we didn't have a map that showed the new trail. (Subsequently found one on Coldwater's facebook site ... new trail is apparently McGazza. Also heard there's ANOTHER new "Most Difficult" descending section off of Bomb Dog that's even more built-up!) Going back as soon as I can find ride buddies ... black diamond is technical, not good to ride alone.

Similar Trail: nothing quite like it, but Snake Creek Gap has some similarities (rocky). Can't recall similar roller coasters, maybe Lower Windy Gap.

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May 22, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Best Trail in the State.

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Gramcounter

May 14, 2016
ejs77 Gramcounter  
 
Review: I rode Tortoise and Hare from the Anniston trailhead. It's not technical, but I don't think a beginner would enjoy it. It's rocky, a long climb, and tricky to figure where you are (first time at least). That said, Hare's downhill was awesome! Tighten up your chain or the chain slap will sound like train wreck!!! I'll stick with Bomb Dog and the Bear trails next time...

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Bunny Hop

April 11, 2016
dheslep Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Where have you been all my life? This place is great and a short drive from the Metro Atlanta Area. We started at the Anniston trail head. Rode the following routes: Tortoise > Chilhoweee > Rock Slot > Bomb Dog > Baby Bear > Momma Bear > Papa Bear > Cassidy > Goldilocks > Cassidy > Talladega > Trillium > Hare. Ended up with about 22 miles with that route. The rock slot area is a real challenge with some pushing needed to get through there. Goldilocks is a fun mostly downhill run with some good rocks mixed in. The map is easy to follow and there are plenty of challenging sections. Great work NEABA.

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Bunny Hop

March 23, 2016
Patgoral Bunny Hop  
 
Review: These are some of my favorite trails in the area. Tons of climbing, fun descending, just chunky enough. Perfect day trip!

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March 14, 2016
B0B Gramcounter  
 
Review: Just a great place to ride. Lots of variety, from fast and flowy to rooty, rocky,and technical with plenty of climbing for good measure. Plus they keep adding more trails so this trail system has become a must ride for the south.

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March 11, 2016
arbysauce Gramcounter  
 
Review: I think this trail has overtaken Oak Mountain as the best trail in Alabama. It's well maintained, well marked, and very well designed. There is plenty of rocky, rooty, chunder to go along with the smooth single track on the flow sections, along with just enough climbing to keep you honest on the longest downhill runs in the state.

Similar Trail: Oak Mountain

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Coldwater Mountain MTB Trail 4.72 out of 5 based on 92 ratings. 92 user reviews.
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