4.50 out of 5
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↑ 700 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
This trail is a lot of fun. It is an out and back with 4 separate loops off of the out and back section. The trail was machine cut by Trails Unlimited and the NFS and is incredibly smooth, virtually no roots and most of the trail is over hard-pack.
This is a very well laid out contour line trail with a great mix of elevation change. Nothing too long or steep but it keeps the blood and pedals pumping. Total length for the entire trail including the 4 loops off the trail is 14.5 miles. You can pick and choose different loops to make it shorter or longer. Trail is well marked with signs, mileage post and colored trail blazes for the different loops.
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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
Rider Questions


Q: Are dogs allowed? -Jeff Barber

A: yes.... i've seen many.....and there is a real sweet black lab who lives there

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Q: What tire for a 27.5 hardtail would be recommended? I have Minion DHF/R 2.3, Ardent race 2.2, and Ikon 2.35 -jbassett78

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Reviews (38)


June 11, 2019
LeighS68 Singletrack  
Review: This is a fun trail system for a nice little work out. There are not obstacles that require advanced skills and only a few shirt climbs. The trail is well marked and it is very difficult to get lost. The only disappointment was large sections are very overgrown. If it was cleaned up, this would be a great ride

Granny Gear

November 18, 2018
Seekers Granny Gear  
Review: We're beginners and loved this this trail. Some uphill climbs but well worth the fast flows down. As a beginner some of the edges and turns on the way down were tricky.


March 10, 2018
wh400 Trailblazer  
Review: One of the under reviewed trails in the area. It is fast, flowy, no huge hills and well maintained. I like it because you can see far ahead so you can fly through the corners. It makes me feel like I am a better rider than I really am because you can go so fast.

Plenty of parking, generally very few people there, signage is good (just make sure you look at the maps so you know each of the loops before you head out.

About an hour south of Birmingham and it really is worth the trip.

Come to Birmingham,AL for a long weekend and within an hour's drive you Oak Mountain, Coldwater Mountain, Sylaward and Tannehill. Birmingham is the unsung hero of mountain biking.

Similar Trail: Feels like parts of Tannehill


July 4, 2017
DirtNapper Gramcounter  
Review: Drove 2 hours down there. Lake Howard CLOSED on Mondays. WTF?


December 28, 2016
Caspr Gramcounter  
Review: I had a great time on these trails. There is nothing too technical about them but there fast, flowy and really fun.


November 14, 2016
wh400 Trailblazer  
Review: Tons of fun. Not technical but still fun. It is like a long flow trail. A few steep climbs but once you are at the top just ride and ride in a high gear and have fun. Very well maintained and smooth. One thing that I like a lot is that you can see far ahead so no worries about running into someone.

Similar Trail: Thunder and Lightning at Oak Mountain

Bunny Hop

July 25, 2016
Review: I'm very fortunate to have this amazing singletrack right in my backyard... it's fast, flowy, and tucked in between beautiful scenery! As a bonus, it runs into the Talladega National Forest which opens up so many mileage possibilities by accessing the gravel/dirt forestry service roads. There is something out here for every rider...


May 23, 2016
Kazy Gramcounter  
Review: Beautiful, beginner trail


April 17, 2016
Dogwood Gramcounter  
Review: Love this trail! Good flow, very well maintained! Ferns, wild flowers, etc coming back after a controlled burn - very beautiful area! Have visited several times and I need to come back more often.

August 31, 2015
Review: Great trail, really fast. Good to combo this with coldwater on a weekend

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