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Level: Intermediate
Length: 19 mi (30.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +526/ -487 ft
Total: 48 riders

Mountain Biking DeSoto State Park

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Pick up a map from the country store to help. Or, park at the lodge and ride towards the cabins to enter Gilliam and Chalet trails. These two trails combined are about 5 miles total when you loop back to the lodge parking lot, therefore make a good warm-up for the remaining 14 miles. Gilliam loop includes a pump track, bike teeter, and a few skinny's. Once back at the lodge parking lot, head down the road towards the country store. Directly across the street from the paved entrance to the country store, you will see the entrance to the trail system. The next 4/5 miles is the most technical section of DeSoto - good climbs over rocks and roots. Now the remaining of the system is well-marked with mileage totals and the names of each trail. You'll hit the family loop first, then go across the road and see entrances to 3 seperate trails, one of which takes you back to the camping area and the country store, the other two are loops. Again, all of the system from here on is marked well with orange metal signs.

First added by tagroover on Aug 4, 2007. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
I59N to Ft. Payne R onto Hwy 35 L onto Gault Ave follow into downtown just past park on the R turn and follow signs up the mtn. At the top turn L and follow signs approx 5miles. Park at General store, trail map in store. Trail head starts across street from entrance to parking lot. The loop ends here to the L but take the R trail head to start.

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Q: Beginner friendly?
A: Intermediate rather than beginner trails but not that technical. I don't see why a beginner couldn't ride the trails I've ridden but you might have to walk a few sections.