Lake Lurleen State Park Trail

4.27 out of 5
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↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This is a terrific trail that offers plenty of options for mountain bikers. The Ridge Loop trail (approx. 4 miles) is the the most approachable. The Tashka Trail is a 12 mile loop of good singletrack that can be a little technical at times. Add Five Oaks to the Tashka Trail to make it 15 miles. Add the trio of storm loops--Tornado, Storm, and Lightning--to bump it up close to 20 miles; throw in Ridge Loop and you will flirt with 25 miles by the time you return to the car.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (5)
System Trails (5)
J.W. "Bill" McFarland Sr. Memorial Trail
Tashka Trail
Tornado Loop
Five Oaks Loop
Storm Loop
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  Carl Hancock   on Aug 29, 2019
  Carl Hancock   on Aug 17, 2019
  caleslie   on Jun 18, 2019
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Reviews (23)


June 21, 2017
Scooter2 Gramcounter  
Review: Great trail system with something for everybody. Just remember, once you commit to riding the Tashka Trail it is an 11 mile trip around the lake with no bailouts. You can also add several loops to make it longer. I have lonely ridden Tashka clockwise and it seems that is the direction most people ride. The Ridge trail is a great 4 mile warmup loop.

Granny Gear

January 25, 2017
Review: pretty good trails but feel like they weren't very well signed and not very beginner friendly. high potential though.


July 19, 2016
Review: Trails are rugged and very scenic with great shade. Some tough climbs with some fun downhills, but overall trails don't flow as well as other Alabama classics like Oak Mountain and Sylaward IMO. Tashka trail is classic old school mountain bike trail like Tsali. Ridge loop is more modern style machine cut trail.

Campground sites look very nice on beautiful lake.

Similar Trail: Tsali

Granny Gear

July 8, 2016
Towrmonkey Granny Gear  
Review: This is a very well maintained trail system, good trail and intersection marking. The Ridge Loop is a great training loop, I did two laps, it has some small climbs and good down hills. This system is a good place to work on bike control and pacing. If youget the chance to, I recommend riding here.


May 8, 2016
djcmmoore Gnarly  
Review: May, 2016 - This was my first ride here, found the trail here on Singletracks. Let me begin by saying what a fun trail system this is. All I could compare to was a roller coaster ride. The trails are all singletrack and in excellent condition. The hills were moderate at best fantastic payoffs on the downhills, they seems to go on forever. The main description is a bit deceiving, if you do all the trails their is about 2,000 feet of climbing. Total mileage is 23 miles if you ride everything.

There is one main trail "Tashka" that runs around the lake, it is 9 miles long. From there you have four other loops you can add on.

Five Oaks was my favorite. I rode everything clockwise but you can ride either way. This trail will put a big smile on your face, just plain fun.

Tornado and Storm and also well designed, flowing trails. The downhills seem so much longer than the climbs.

The Ridge loop is the easiest trail and would be a great place to bring a newer rider. You can park at the north parking lot and have a nice, easy, scenic 4-5 mile ride. If you want a little more, just turn right and follow Tashka out as far as you want.

I know what you are thinking, I got paid to write this review, nope, just a mountain biker happy to find a great trail to ride. Thanks much to the local club who worked out the deal with the State Park to build and maintain these trails. I look forward to many more partnerships like this in the future.

Similar Trail: Left loop at Tsali


November 9, 2015
caleslie Trailblazer  
Review: Lurleen is a blast. fun flowy trails. Nothing much technical that I rode. Sandy corners are annoying.

Overall, this trail is great and I can't wait to go back!

Bunny Hop

August 27, 2015
floSoulo Bunny Hop  
Review: The entire park is gorgeous! The main loop, Tashka, is a bit rooted and rocky but easygoing, while the branches, like Tornado loop, step up the challenge. The bridges had enough algae to make them ultra-slick as a brief rain came through.. they should lay a thin strip of wiremesh down. Definitely go counterclockwise so you're greeted with the overflow concrete waterfall near the end. I hopped in!

Similar Trail: Oak Mountain


July 13, 2015
Autocrat9 Gnarly  
Review: Very good trail big loop around the lake with a bunch of smaller loops that lead back to the main loop. bring lots of water as this is about 23.5 mile total with no short cuts....unless you want to swim across the lake with your bike.


December 11, 2014
Ian Newman Gramcounter  
Review: Wow! This trail is always so much fun. I feel like it gets overlooked even in its own hometown, seems like everyone rides Munny Sokol, but this trail is really a gem. Its got a primitive feel that makes you feel like your way out in woods, even tho its only 10 mins from downtown Tuscaloosa. Very unique trail. Kinda like blankets creek with all the loops, but so much more "raw". Lots of small rocks and roots all over but no big technical features. I rode it today and it was covered in leaves. I was still able to hit every loop, altho tornado and storm loops were a bit tough to see. Lots of short steep climbs, with switchbacks. Nothing categorized, but you better bring some legs, cause there are several climbs that are in the 150 ft to 200ft range, some pretty steep in spots. I climbed over 3200 feet today in 34 miles, and I felt it for sure. Several spots hit 15% and higher. The descents are a blast!! Got some great video on my Garmin Virb. Tashka is a great trail, and the Ridge loop is really a fast fun time. Totally worth the drive from Birmingham, without traffic I was on the trail and riding in a little over an hour from my front door. Rode it both ways now several times, and I gotta say counter clockwise is the best. Thanks WAMBA!!!!!

Similar Trail: Blankets creek, Oak Mtn

Granny Gear

September 19, 2014
Review: Lots of roots, rocks, fun downhills, and challenging climbs. Coming from Colorado this trail was a great relief and a lot of fun to find around here

Lake Lurleen State Park Trail MTB Trail 4.27 out of 5 based on 23 ratings. 23 user reviews.
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