Cheaha State Park

3.24 out of 5
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↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 1,200 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
About 6 miles of trail in a "stacked loop" configuration. The main trail is the Mountain Express; other trails include Deer Run, Lower Spring Loop, and Upper Spring Loop. You'll need to backtrack a bit to ride everything in a single visit.

Trails are generally rocky but the elevation changes aren't too bad (longest climbs are about 400 feet). The trail is tough to follow in some places, particularly the Mountain Express trail near the top (lots of side trails leading to the road). Some cool Rhododendron tunnels and great views in winter.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (21)

Granny Gear

October 15, 2018
Russ Brown Granny Gear  
Review: The start is rocky and fast and the wrong line can Crack your frame (we saw a more experienced biker with a more expensive bike walk out with this issue) but overall we had fun during the past Talladega weekend. We started at the main entrance and the uphill is long and steep. We did about three quarters of the trail but had a great time. This was a week after Hurricane Michael so there were several down trees and branches on the trail. We will come again.

Bunny Hop

September 23, 2016
rtrybka Bunny Hop  
Review: Roots, rocks, and ditches. Skip this one. Save your energy and hit Coldwater Mountain.


September 21, 2015
bAwesome Gramcounter  
Review: This trail has so much potential. It's absolutely beautiful. Otherwise, it's the least maintained trail I've been on. I did about 50/50 walking through down trees VS riding. The description at the park says flow. There is no flow at all. At several places the trail is too narrow to pedal. The park states an interest in building a beginner trail. I think if this trail was maintained it could have very fun beginner sections. Overall I'm glad I rode it because of some very cool spots on the trail. More like a hike on your bike. If you are in the mood to shred fast then go to Coldwater Mountain 15 minutes away.


August 31, 2015
Sheri571 Gramcounter  
Review: This trail is rocky and poorly maintained. It appears to be a hiking trail that allows mountain bikers but the mountain bikers (and the hikers) seem to have abandoned it for other nearby trails. According to the park management, the trails here are maintained by volunteers and the volunteers have not been around to maintain it for quite a while. Huge trees were down everywhere and we finally gave up the idea of riding these trails. Cheaha State Park is so beautiful, it is a shame that the trail system is in such poor shape. At this time, I am NOT recommending it for mountain bikers. Coldwater Mountain, Sylaward, and Oak Mountain SP are all within a fairly reasonable distance and are much better choices for mountain biking.


August 21, 2015
rick417 Gnarly  
Review: Attempted to ride Upper Loop & Lower Loop, but had to turn back after 1 mile because of downed trees. What part I could ride was fun with huge potential. Very disappointing that the trails no longer appear to be maintained. Hope it's just a temporary thing. Cheaha is a great state park!


September 11, 2014
duddetts11 Gnarly  
Review: Terribly over grown with tons of huge down trees. Walked more than I was able to ride. Really sad. The drive to the park was amazing. Cheaha has Great potential, but for now I would suggest going to the many other great rides in Alabama.


May 28, 2014
Goob Gramcounter  
Review: Recent storm damage has caused many fallen trees work needed.

Granny Gear

May 27, 2014
ctavel Granny Gear  
Review: These could be really fun but they are currently really overgrown.


Granny Gear

May 27, 2014
Review: Bummer. I've only ridden here in winter but I can see how the trails could get overgrown. With Coldwater sorta nearby I'm guessing these trails don't get as much love as they used to.


April 6, 2013
Review: Prettiest mountain bike trail I have ever been on. Kept telling my husband...look at that moss! Look at the reindeer lichen! Cool wildflowers! This is partly because I had to stop and pant a bit. It's a liitle gravelly, leafy, and technical, and I would love to catch it when the massive thickets of mountain laurel are in bloom. While you're there visit the Bald Rock overlook and also check out the Depression-era handhewn rockwork at the Lodge. Highest point in Alabama.

Similar Trail: Chewacla State Park


October 27, 2011
Review: Fun and technical trail. Great scenery. Always fun to ride up to Bald Rock and hang out a minute and enjoy the view before blazing back down the mountain.

Cheaha State Park MTB Trail 3.24 out of 5 based on 21 ratings. 21 user reviews.
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