The Dothan Forever Wild Trails is part of the ongoing Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust, creating mountain biking and hiking trails throughout the state. The Leisure Services Department was heavily involved in spearheading the efforts to make the vision of the Trails a reality. It began with 40 acres of city-owned land inside the city limits near the old Beaver Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. When Wells Fargo Bank added 60 nearby acres to the 40 already owned by the city, the vision to do something even bigger began to form. Eventually, about 400 acres were secured and submitted to Alabama 's Forever Wild program, which identifies land to be protected forever as a natural preserve.The beginner trail and pump track opened in 2015.
The rest of the trails opened on October 1, 2016 and are a 10 mile system consisting of six separate trail loops linked together by connectors/bridges. The Trails are accessed from 3 parking lots, one off of Flowers Chapel Road and two off of Fortner Street.
The trails are typically open from 6:30 am until dark unless they are undergoing maintenance.
Read more at http://www.dothan.org/index.aspx?nid=544.
Fantastic place to ride. The entire trail system is well maintained. Every single trail is fun. Today was my first time out and I will be going back. Each rest stop has tools, tire pump, water and a wash rack for bikes, as well as clean porta potty's. Which is way more than I can say for many of the places I've gone to ride. Just a really great place.Thank |
Awesome trails! Unfortunately they are closed right now due to the damage from the hurricane.Thank |
Outstanding trail system.... Great Flow....Great layout. There are no tough climbs....but you can get in a great workout on the ten miles of trails.Thank |
I had been told about these trails and wanted to check them out my next time through the area. what a pleasant surprise, especially for the terrain in the area. the trails are well maintained, flow very well and are well marked. This is a great trail to get a good cardio work out on and just enjoy riding a few miles. If your craving some air, or rock gardens its not your place.Thank |
I was in Dothan for work, saw there was a trail system so I brought my bike. While I didn't get to ride the entire trail due to time, I have to say I left impressed.
If you are looking for rock gardens, 4' drops, log jumping, etc. - this isn't your place.
If you are looking for a fun ride, not too strenuous, lots of fun banked turns and just a nice ride - this is your place.
Mostly flat, so beginners do not be afraid. A few rollers so you can do some pumping or jumping or manuals. There are enough 'downhills' that you can get zipping right along and make the most of the many banked turns and pump hills.
One section, Dragon Tail, you ride between a twisty trail inside of a pine tree grove. It really was fun.
Signage is good, not great. A couple of times I just ended up on a section of trail without knowing I started it. But you really can't get lost since it is all loops. If you keep making rights you will do the entire trail.
So if you are in the area, check it out. It really is worth the ride.Thank |
Most of the trails are intermediate or beginner. Excellent flow throughout the trails with some decent hills. Several trail heads with great accommodations. In my opinion, only two of the six trails were not were not a fun ride, but that's due to the level of intensity (easiest). Overall, an excellent place to have a fun ride by yourself, with friends, or with family.Thank |
I was born and raised in Dothan. Moved away and visited recently. I was BLOWN away. Great trail system. Nothing too technical or difficult, just great trails. Plenty of mileage....great flow thru the woods. You can tell the IMBA had some involvement with design.Thank |
Relatively flat but a few punchy type climbs.
Great bridges built thru some swampland offering spectacular views. Nice clay base trails with some light sand offering several rollers/whoops with nice tight dirt berms.
If you are a Dothan resident.....you should be very proud of this facility. Among the best in the state.
This facility would be a PERFECT place to host a large MTB race.
Color me impressed.
Absolutely great trail. Lots of fun and expertly built. Previous reviews state that it is flat. While there certainly aren't significant climbs, it is not "flat" either. There are gentle uphills that feed to fast and flowy sections. This place is an XC's dream as you can go here and drop the hammer to get a great cardio workout. Its also a great place for young riders or folks just getting into the sport.
I just wish there were some loops for medium and advanced riders, which may come in the future.Thank |
beginner friendly but I signage was lacking.Thank |
Very nice trails! Easy to ride... tends to be a fast trail but not difficult to keep it to a manageable speed for beginners, like myself.Thank |
The best trail here! An awesome ravine provides a super fun challenge. Worth doing a couple of times!Thank |
For southern Alabama I'm impressed. In all there might be 8-10 miles of trails. They are relatively flat, no hard climbs and not a lot in terms of technical riding. Its a great place to be introduced to biking and even seasoned riders can have fun cruising around. The pump track is pretty fun also!Thank |
It can get busy on the weekends with walkers. Sunday morning is the most quiet time to ride on the weekend.
The city has certainly invested heavily in this purpose-built and well-designed mountain biking trail and boardwalks. Fast and fun undulations that are well signposted and ride well in any direction. The bike repair station at the start with tools and pump is a fantastic touch!Thank |
Great fun. Very nicely built trail. Lil climbing. My Garmin said 11 miles. Go try it.Thank |
All 10 miles of singletrack are now open!! The trail system consists of 6 separate trails with connectors for navigation. Over a mile of bridges connect the trails throughout the plateaus and swamps. Fun, flowy goodness!!Thank |
Big Levee is awesome!! A couple nice bump sections and flows great. Also, a nice jump down by the swamp!!Thank |
A good start to this new trail system. It currently consists of a 1 mile loop trail and a pump track. The trail is wide and smooth with a few big berms thrown in. There are plans for 2 more single track trails to be built so the riding here will continue to improveThank |
The Beaver Tail Flats loop is a true beginner trail. It's about 4 feet wide and 1 mile loop. There are a few challenges for brand new MTB'ers, such as a short climb across a road, a climbing 180 turn into a descent, and that's about it. This is the trail to introduce someone to mountainbiking! Watch the video of the trail opening.Thank |