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Level: Beginner
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +94/59 ft
Total: 70 riders
 

Mountain Biking USA

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#16 of 96 mountain bike trails in Alabama
#3178 in the world

Singletrack, roots, some sand, most hard pack, mostly flat, bridges over water.

First added by toolba on May 5, 2020. Last updated May 5, 2020. → add an update
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  • JurassicMG
    *****

    I have no experience with what these trails used to be prior to the construction that removed about half of the trails. I did not see anything that looks like the pictures in terms of jumps or boardwalks.
    There are about 5.5 - 6 miles of well-marked trails that form a loop with multiple options. I would call the red trail the main loop at about 3 miles. The white trail adds three extensions to the the red trail for about 5.5 miles total and a somewhat more technical ride. The orange trail is a shorter version of the red trail at about 2 miles or so.
    Overall the trail is flat, fairly tight, twisty single track. Plan to be pedaling pretty much all the time. This is not a gravity or adrenaline trail in any way, but there are some sections where you can get moving.
    I had a great ride. I used it as an opportunity to work on being smooth and maintaining momentum through the tight, twisty sections. This is not what I would call a destination trail but it is a great ride if you are in the area and want to get a great workout. I'll be back when I am back in town.

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  • Juddlewis
    ****

    I rode the advanced trail it was a bit overgrown in places but was full of technical turns filled with countless roots a few bridges across some boggy areas and three jumps. If you aren't going up your going down. A very much on your toes trail don't think I relaxed for the whole 12 miles. Worth a ride if your looking for a slower technical ride

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  • wakum6
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    USA has decided to expand their sports program and in the process destroyed a good portion of the mountain bike trails. There are still a few partial trails left and they're in good shape. I'm pretty sure none of the cool stuff you see in the pictures for this trail exist anymore though. If you put in "USA Mountain Bike Trails" in Hoogle Maps it brings you to the new trail entrance.

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  • LA MantaRay12
    *****

    Sad story- the removal of USA bike trails will happen with the beginning of the 2018 New Year. Due to progress around the University football program structures the woods once known as USA trails will be no more. Many will never know how awesome these trails were for local riders and visitors. Great place to get in miles of trail riding through pines, hardwood bottoms and sandy beds. Hate it had to be so- maybe we will get a replacement soon. So long USA bike trails.

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  • Tuffburg
    *****

    Well maintained, flat trail. Great for beginners or experienced rider.

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  • Russ Brown
    ****

    Great track for beginners / early-intermediates. We did not enter the trail via the traditional trail head area. Was not readily visible with maps or signs. We entered through the back end with double arrows pointing towards each other behind some picnic tables on a hill. Track was mostly flat and slightly uphill. Great cardio workout so be in shape. Make sure you have a map handy because there are a lot of turns and soft switchbacks. We rode 6 miles of it today. Could have ridden the full 12 if we kept following the orange arrows, but this was our first long trail and we didn't want to push our luck with the wet terrain from the rain when we started. Our group liked this trail and will ride it again.

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  • UGAIX1971
    ****

    Pretty cool trail only got ride about a 3rd of due night falling. It flows pretty good it has some tooth areas but manageable even for a newbie like myself. Hope I can get done w work early and give it another go and see more of the trail. Very well marked. The directions are a little off for the trail head due some construction. Parking is behind the football facility.

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  • Seymore Braap
    ***

    Rode here today after several days of rain and it was great! Really fun trail! It's worth it to check it out if you are in the area. It drains very well. Only one spot with a lot of water, but there is a bi-pass. No washouts, ruts, or mud otherwise. The trail is very well maintained except...man they have a litter and glass problem there. Which is weird considering how much effort seems to be put into the trail. I would have given it a 4 star rating because it was so fun, but the trash and glass just bothers me. Overall it pretty flat. There is a little sand, but thanks to the recent rain it wasn't an issue. Really good flow that allows you to get a lot of speed.

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  • taraloo
    *****

    I enioyed it- not as many hills as Chickasobogue, well maintained and entertaining (artwork lines part of the trail). It is very well marked and easy to follow. We followed the red arrows- about 8 miles- and had no problems.

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  • LStadelmeier   ✓ supporter
    *****

    I last ride this trail a year ago, was really impressed to see new trail markings. A very fun basic trail system. One of the better on the gulf coast

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  • Hap Proctor
    ***

    Pretty cool of the University to have a mountain bike trail on their property. Well marked trail and fun to ride for the most part. The section just past mile marker 5 didn't seem well ridden for 2.5 miles. Organic debris, trash, etc., otherwise the trail is in great shape.

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  • LA MantaRay12
    ****

    The track is in great shape. Kudos to the group of folks that keep this place up. Markings are excellent. You have a choice of 3 rides. 3 miles, 8 miles and 12 miles. All are good rides. I ride this at least 4 to 5 times a month. If in the area give it a go. You will be glad you did.

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  • richie1378
    *****

    We just rode this yesterday and for a beginner track I really enjoyed this course. It reminded me of our family trips to Disneyland as a child. Each section had different themes and it was so enjoyable! I really recommend this to beginners all the way to the experts for a fun trail!

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  • sbeedy01@gmail.com
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    This is a good trail to work on basic skills. I give it a 3 star because there are a few sections where it is full of trash like, car parts, glass, toilets, etc. But I will come back since, it is close to home if it were a little further away from me I wouldn't make a trip.

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  • shawnstang
    ****

    Nice flow and well maintained. Why the heck a topo map and good directions are not on this app is beyond me.

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  • LA MantaRay12
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    Great trails to develop MtB skills. I ran the entire gamut last weekend. This entire loop is 12.1 miles based on my GPS. Trails are well maintained and marked. The Playground could use a facelift.

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  • ****

    Full of straw, leaves, and roots..

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  • drewtrosper
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    This was my first time on what I call a mountain bike. Got the ole' xcaliber dirty if you know what I mean, I got a little dirtier if you know what I mean too ;I but any who how, the trail is washed out as stated in earlier posts leaving a ton of small roots to navigate, the trail has lots of offshoots for the indecisive it won't be much fun but I found the trail markings to be helpful so not much trouble there. The playground as its called seems unkempt and lacking in luster, but if you want to learn how not to fall down on a six foot straight down drop this is the place to go. All together I had a blast because it was my first trail and I find you may need to take it quickly to have fun if you're more accustomed to a challenge. Three stars because I like to watch myself get hurt when I download my gopro

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  • ****

    I think one of the best assets this trail has is easy access for a quick ride. Not tough so beginners can have a good time but has a few surprises from time to time. Late fall does put wet leaves/needles on the hard pack trails causing some slippage.

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