4. Coldwater Mountain, Anniston, Alabama

Rider: Greg Heil. Photo: Jeff Barber

Rider: Greg Heil. Photo: Jeff Barber

Visit here if you live in:

  • Birmingham, AL: 1hr
  • Atlanta, GA: 1hr 30min
  • Chattanooga, TN: 2hr
  • Montgomery, AL: 2hr
  • Columbus, GA: 2hr 15min
  • Augusta, GA: 3hr 30min
  • Nashville, TN: 3hr 30min
  • Jackson, MS: 4hr
  • Mobile, AL: 4hr 15min
  • Memphis, TN: 4hr 30min
  • Charlotte, NC: 5hr
  • Savannah, GA: 5hr
  • Tallahassee, FL: 5hr
  • New Orleans, LA: 5hr 45min

While some have claimed that Coldwater Mountain will become the next North American mountain bike mecca, even if they manage to flesh out the trail mileage to the full 60-80 miles that they hope it this trail system will embody, that’s still really only enough for a weekend of riding. But that will be one heck of a weekend!

Currently there are over 25 miles of trail completed at Coldwater, ranging in style from just classic singletrack, to flow trail, and even dedicated DH runs. The riding here is already incredibly diverse, and the massive flanks of this southern mountain offer astonishing geographic relief that I personally didn’t expect to find in Alabama. While I’d not recommend someone fly from Colorado to check out Coldwater, this trail system has already become a major Southeastern weekend draw, and its appeal will only continue to grow.

# Comments

  • Chris Daniels

    Clever topic! I like the criteria and a chance to hear about that niche of really great riding in the shadows of the big boys. I’ll add Hood River (Day 1: Surveyors Ridge, 2: The Whoopdee, 3: Post Canyon, Bonus ride: Syncline)

  • Fitch

    Thank you so much for showing some love to Kingdom Trails in VT! The New England mountain bike experience is very different than a lot of the country since our terrain doesn’t normally entail what you call “flow” as much as other locales, but KT is a haven to us all. And you’re dang right it’s a camping weekend!!!

  • John Fisch

    Price, Utah
    Home to the Luke’s Trail network, Driver Trails, Goodwater Rim — and not much else.
    2 hrs from Salt Lake City/2.5 from Ogden/6 from Denver.

    Vernal, Utah
    Perfect for a long weekend. Red Fleet, McCoy Flats and the Flume.
    3 Hrs from Salt Lake/2.5 from Provo/3.5 from Ogden, 6 from Denver
    Did this as a long weekend from Colorado Springs (7 hours)

    Pine Valley, CA
    Big Laguna Trail, Noble Canyon, Cayamaca State Park, Noble Canyon
    45 Min from San Diego, 2.5 Hrs from LA

    Idyllwild, CA
    The Idyllwild Park Trails will keep you entertained for a long weekend.
    2 hrs from LA/3 from San Diego

    Prescott Arizona (for after you’ve tapped out Sedona)
    3 or 4 great trail systems.
    1.5 hours from Phoenix, 2.5 from Tucson

    Los Alamos, NM (for after you’ve tapped out Santa Fe and Taos)
    1.5 hrs from Albuquerque

    Luray, VA
    Elizabeth Furnace, Kennedy Peak
    1.75 hrs from DC

  • RobertD

    North Georgia and Western North Carolina. Love those areas. Thanks for the report because some of those are doable. 🙂

  • Bubblehead10MM

    The road goes on forever and the party never ends. Back home there’s cuyuna, nice drive from fargo to green bay. And levis mound. Granted both could be considered destinations, but not when you set them next to ut or co destinations. I love potters pasture in Ne but there’s not much near by. I don’t think you drive from Denver for that.

  • Skoofer

    I took a nearly identical picture to the one you used for Oakridge when I was there…I knew it looked familiar!

  • Allgrainer

    Good to see my local trails mentioned Carvins Cove in Roanoke. However there are close to 50 miles of trails within the boundaries of the property not 30….Most are single track with some fire road. I ride them 2-3 times a week due tliving very close to them. Crews are currently building a new trai called Rock and Roll and so far its one of my favorites cant wait till its completed. There is a shape nearby that it top notch! Just the Right Gear.

  • marlene-campbell

    I know this article goes back to 2015, but I think your assessment of Kingdom Trails isn’t accurate. They continue to add over 10 miles of mountain bike trails each year plus there is the bike park on the ski mountain. It is more than worthy a destination for a week. Just ask the thousands of riders that go every year. And the best part is it is soooo family friendly. I love seeing kids on bike and not playing video games. Go – you won’t be disappointed!

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