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Level: Beginner
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +217/ -290 ft
Total: 132 riders

Mountain Biking Sylaward

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#5 of 99 mountain bike trails in Alabama
#899 in the world

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.

First added by on Dec 1, 2009. Last updated May 5, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Birmingham; take Hwy 280 East toward Sylacauga. Take CR 45 left. (Chevron station will be on your left) Go left on Odena Road S. and take it to the end. At the "T" go right on Broadway Ave. Take the second left onto Harper Springs Rd, take this down to the rail road crossing and take the immediate left on Oldfield Rd. Lake Howard Rd is down about 400 yards on the right. Follow Lake Howard Rd to Boat Dock Lane, the trail head is on the right before the boat ramp.

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Rider questions

Q: Are dogs allowed?
A: yes.... i've seen many.....and there is a real sweet black lab who lives there

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