Coldwater Mountain

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.69 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
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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 planning a trip through the South later this year. If I could only ride one, which trail system should I ride and why -- Oak Mountain or Coldwater Mountain? -mongwolf

A: My vote would be coldwater. Both locations are excellent, but coldwater is pretty unique to the state in that you'll probably (depending on what trails you do) climb for about 4-5 miles followed by 4-5 miles of descending. Bomb dog loop is a must do. It is pretty chossy, so be sure to bring a spare tube.

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Granny Gear

July 20, 2017
 
Review: For the most part was fun like most reviews shows how ever riding in the middle of July the heat was tough but the overgrown of plants and brush was even worse. I has to turn around mutiple times to find the trail for gaza. I'll come back in the fall.

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Gramcounter

June 28, 2017
 
Review: I love this place! I always enjoy riding here. The soil was in epic condition. Only complaint was it was a bit overgrown in spots and had quite a few trees down. It is a little old school as for the most part you are either going straight up or straight down. The climbs keep you honest and make you earn the crazy awesome downhills. The rocks scare less experienced riders and can make it tough for intermediate and newer riders to go up or down on. Oval Office, Goldilocks, and Bomb Dog, are all gnarly down hills with jumps and a ton of baby heads. Baby Bear, Momma Bear, Trillium, Hare, and Bunny are smoother, more buff down hills.

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Bunny Hop


June 15, 2017
rmap01 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This is a great & challenging trail system. When I reflect on my 20 mile ride the words that come to mind are: climbs (gradual, but long and sustained), rock (chunder in this case), and, most importantly, epic downhill. NB: This is not a place I would take a beginner (especially when Oak Mtn is only 1 hr away). Started at the Anniston trail head. Plenty of options to start the climb from "easy" to "more difficult". Took Tortoise up the mountain to Power Trip and then took the Oval Office loop which is where I learned what chunder is. Some decent downhill with a number of bumps. From there I took Chilhowee all the way across the mountain to Bull Frog and Rock Slot. Lots of climbing intermixed with some cool descents... all with rocks to keep you on your toes. Next was Bomb Dog and it was epic! Incredible downhill fun with plenty of opportunity for speed and air. The downhill just seemed to go on and on and may well have been the most fun I've ever had on a mountain bike. Climbed back up to Baby Bear and took a short break at the Coldwater trail head. Headed down Momma Bear, to Papa Bear to Cassidy. Each has plenty of elevation change. At the next trail intersection I took Goldilocks by mistake (wrong direction) and found myself further away from the Anniston trail head. Having ridden 18m in 90 degree heat without water I decided to bike the 2 miles back to the Coldwater trail head and ride the 6 miles back to the Anniston trail head by road. Overall an incredible trail system that is worth the journey. So glad I went. Check out the NEABA website for trail conditions and detailed descriptions of each trail. I found this very helpful.

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Trailblazer

February 27, 2017
 
Review: What a set of trails. Now, Coldwater Mountain isn't perfect, but there's a lot of good stuff here. You start out on what is, in my opinion, the worst section of trail, Baby Bear. The clay is very bumpy and there are loads of small rocks as well. It feels like you're being rattled to death. Don't let that stop you, though, as things get better. I rode Talladega and it offers some solid technical riding. I also rode Trillium and the first section (if I'm remembering correctly) was amazing. It was like the rollers of FATS but on steroids. From here on out it was a mix of good to great trails. Hare is an awesome downhill trail that goes to the Anniston trailhead. You do have to ride back up, but I didn't find the uphill to be too bad. Oval Office is pretty cool, but the rocks do detract a bit from it. Still very much worth doing. I came back on Chilowhee and it had some pretty good sections. I could see it being pretty good going the other way as well. Bomb Dog was pretty sweet. It does get rocky at times, but it's a lot of fun. I did end up crashing on it which dampened the fun a bit, but nonetheless it was great. I drove 2 hours to get here and it was definitely worth it.

Similar Trail: FATS (which is much tamer), Oak Mountain

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Epic


February 16, 2017
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: Here are few helpful links for those new to the trails like me. Hoping to ride CWM this coming November. http://www.mobilemaplets.com/showplace/12989 http://www.mobilemaplets.com/thumbnails/18960_thumbnail-1024.jpg http://neaba.net/coldwater-mountain.html http://neaba.net/assets/mapanddirectionscwm_20oct.pdf

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Granny Gear

January 25, 2017
 
Review: so much fun! Not very beginner friendly though

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Gramcounter


December 28, 2016
Caspr Gramcounter  
 
Review: On our first ride in Anniston we rode Bomb Dog. I believe it was about 4 miles of uphill to the top, just be prepared. The down was epic, however the trail needed some maintenance, especially the berms. Overall it was really fun. We passed a couple of beginners on the way who had a very hard time and walked most of the trail. So if your new to biking be warned. Our second ride was up the other side of the mountain where we rode trillium to hare down. It was another epic downhill with berms and jumps. Overall Anniston is great fun. Just be prepared to climb.

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Bunny Hop

December 14, 2016
 
Review: Awesome group of trails. Long uphills followed by long downhills. Some of the best the south has to offer.

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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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Trailblazer


October 3, 2016
mpeagan Trailblazer  
 
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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