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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +519/460 ft
Total: 18 riders
 

Mountain Biking Choccolocco WMA

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#47 of 96 mountain bike trails in Alabama
#9645 in the world

Network of singletrack and 4x4 roads bordering the Talladega National Forest and Fort McClellan. Fast, flowing singletrack, lung burning climbs, and muddy, rutted 4x4 tracks provide something for everyone.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From I-20, exit at AL Hwy 9 heading north. Go about 1.5 miles, turn left onto US 78/Hwy9. Drive approx. 4-5 miles, then turn right to continue north on AL Hwy 9. Go approx. 3 miles, turn left onto Joseph Springs Motorway and look for a wooded parking area on the right.
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  • auarch99
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    Most of this area at Morgan Mountain has been logged and over grown. Even f the trails still exist at the higher wooded elevations I found no way to get to them.

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  • jweathers
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    I just started mountain biking and since I couldn't find Gene's Loop and Iron Legs sounded a little intimidating I decided to try Mark's Loop. It started good, but once we crossed a road at maybe a mile or less in we lost the trail in a clear cut area. We then decided to climb the mountain and look for the trail. The next part we found was right at the rock formation at the top. We rode the trail back down until we hit more clearcut and had to walk back out. It looks like it was a great trail, but most of it was wiped out. I hope that we can get it cleared again because I would love to ride this trail and give it a higher rating.* Review edited 7/18/2011

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  • GoldenGoose
    *****

    Morgans Best, the blue arrows, rivals the nearby Iron Legs trail for the best trail in the WMA. Sweet singletrack that will challenge you and really get the heart rate up. Really interesting rock groupings at the top of the hill that made me wonder the origin; civil war, indian, other? New singletrack reroutes look like they were just cut but they were fun.

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  • Jeff Barber
    ****

    Great trail with new singletrack added as recently as this year. The singletrack winds its way up the ridge and back down again and features just a few technical spots to keep you on your toes.

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  • GoldenGoose
    Reviewing Gene’s Loop:
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    Found "parts" of this trail while riding today but it looks like the majority of it has been wiped out from bulldozers and loggers. I saw several signs that seemed promising but only ever found about 1 mile of actual trail. IF, there is still a trail out there, it looks like you might want a local to show you around so you can follow it.

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  • Jeff Barber
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    From what I've seen, Choccolocco is a mixed bag (in a good way). There are mellow, singletrack climbs, chunky ATV trails, and gut busting climbs. From what I've ridden, my fave is Mark's Loop/Morgan's Best.

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  • Jeff Barber
    Reviewing Gene’s Loop:

    I went looking for these trails today and couldn't seem to find any singletrack. I had a map with me but everywhere I tried to get on the trail either the trail wasn't there OR it was an ATV-type trail. I did find a tiny bit of singletrack (less than 1/4 mile) on the east side of Hwy 9 but it quickly looped back to the fire road. Anyone know if these trails are still around?

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  • flamdrag8
    Reviewing Gene’s Loop:
    *****

    This was one of my favorite trails and has recently been messed up. The second half of the trail (the same side of hwy 9 as the hunters camp) has been logged and bulldozed. This is a serious bummer. The first half is still a good place to ride, but this cuts the distace to probably 3-4 miles in total. On a positive note, locals are really working hard to get this trail back to what it was.* Review edited 4/3/2009

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  • flamdrag8
    Reviewing Gene’s Loop:
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    This trail is fast and fun. Locals are improving this trail all of the time. It is super smooth, has one tough climb (blow hard hill) and one fast decent. A great trail for anyone.* Review edited 8/25/2008

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  • flamdrag8
    *****

    In the past couple years this trail has been extended to about 5 or 6 miles. A great trail, and the newer additions add some technical and off camber challenges. With Gene's loop being bulldozed recently, Mark's and Iron legs have been the go to trails for most of us in the area.* Review edited 1/24/2010

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