Chewacla - Trail, Auburn, Alabama

Chewacla - Trail, Auburn, Alabama

DESCRIPTION

Beautiful Chewacla State Park, established in 1935 as as work project of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), is home base to CAMP-SORBA (Let's use this in place of C.A.M.P. universally except for race names) With 696 acres of varied terrain, it is uniquely suited to multi-use trails that highlight the parks truly unique scenery not normally found in this area. Chewacla's association with mountain biking extends to the very early days of the sport, and was host to the 1988 NORBA Nationals, at which legends such as John Tomac and Ned Overend competed.

Chewacla State Park is the site of CAMP's main trail system. With over 15 miles of mixed single track, Chewacla offers a place to ride for beginners and advanced riders alike. With trails such as Falls View, Creek View, CCC, For Pete's Sake, Ranger Dell's Trail, and the historic NORBA trail, Chewacla is an ever-evolving landscape of challenges and excitement.

Having partnered with the Alabama State Parks, CAMP is pursuing focused development and maintenance of the trail system and it's features. Slated for development are a world-caliber BMX track, continued expansion of the skills area at Ranger Dell's Trail (featuring exciting wooden features such as the Great Wall of Chewacla and the Loch Ness Cobra), a new dirt jump track, and the addition of miles of groomed flow trail to complement the technical single track already available. Chewacla is set to become a cycling experience unlike any other in the Southeast!

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 31, 2012]
Acme54321
Weekend Warrior

New and improved trails. Last time I had ridden Chewacla was about 10 years ago on the old trails, which for being unmaintained were suprisingly decent. These new trails are on the other side of the park which was fun to explore. I rode Falls View, Creek View, and the CCC Camp Trail. They all flowed pretty well and made for a nice ride. I didn't cross the bridge to the other side of the creek due to time constraints, but from looking at the map I imaging the trails feel a little cramped like some previous posters stated.

Also as mentioned there aren't any big/fun downhills or technical sections. The one or two long downhills I rode were plagued with lots of tight switchbacks. The terrain at the park is begging for a techy all mountain type trail with some long/fast descents, hopefully something is in the works. This park could be one of the best in the state with the natural terrain, would hate to see it under utilized.

I applaud CAMP-SORBA for the work they are doing though. Working with the state and getting that much trail installed in such a short time is no easy feat!

Customer Service

Start at the beach parking area and follow the bike trail signs.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 29, 2012]
Brian
Weekend Warrior

The trail has been a work in progress, but there has been a ton of work and progress made in the last 6 months. It is a technical trail, but every week sections are being improved and the trail is getting faster. It is still not going to be a downhillers dream, but it is serving the area. The local Mtn. biking organization CAMP seems to have big plans and the drive to make this a really exceptional mountain bike park and more.

If your in the area or get the opportunity to race the trail I think it would be worth the trip. BTW the park is actually Chewacla and not Chewacala.

Customer Service

Ride it all in either direction and you'll have a good time. The entrance to the CCC trail going clockwise always gives me fits. It is a tight off-camber turn with a tree in the inside radius.

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Lake Wilmore

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 23, 2012]
John King
Weekend Warrior

These Trails improve almost daily! the AORBA group has been absorbed by C.A.M.P.-SORBA (Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers). We've been working on trail maintenance and the Bridge across the Creek, which will link the improved Falls View Trail, the Creek View Trail and the CCC Loop to "For Pete's Sake" and "Mama's Milkshake" on the other side of the Creek. I Highly recommend anyone interested in Mountain Biking to come visit and see for yourself the challenging new 16 miles of ride-able trails!

Customer Service

From the Parking lot at the Swim area, follow the bike trail signs, up the road to the first turn off at the Falls View Trail. From there, it is a bit confusing to go across the RV Storage area to find the Creek View Trail, which leads back to the road to the CCC Camp area. There you can find the CCC Loop trail. I following the loop counter clockwise, to the Bridge site and cross the creek. Follow the trail to the right to go UP Mama's Milkshake, or to the left to hit the climb to For Pete's Sake which leads around to the top of Mama's Milkshake for a switchback descent. Return by finishing the CCC loop back across the bridge site.

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That ride I just described covers the entire new trail. There is an old NORBA trail in the back of the park that has not been maintained for a while. I hear that it is still passable and has a Great climb.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 20, 2012]
em6901
Cross Country Rider

Pre 2012 trail reviews are no longer valid. New 16 miles of trails are complete and getting more and more packed. The falls view, ccc, and creek view trails are awesome...scenic. The 8 miles across the creek are a little cramped and repetitive but still enjoyable. Lots of people doing lots of work out here. New 1 mile beginner trail is great for newcomers and should open the gates to new riders. Go check it out.

Customer Service

Falls view, then creek view, then ccc, then for Pete's sake. 16 miles total

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 20, 2012]
MTB-AHOLIC
Cross Country Rider

The new trails built by AORBA are a step in the right direction. They are vast improvement over the old ones and offer a new setting with a feeling of the true outdoors, secluded from views of RV camps, people, cars and cottages.

The best sections run along a creek or small river which creates fantastic trail conditions in Alabama's hot climate. Moss grows over rocks and the dirt is firm in these sections giving you a nice speedy surface and a great view of the rocky creek.

Over all, the trail has decent flow but there are some sections that are very poorly designed. There is one downhill that has so many tight switchbacks that it is impossible to maintain any real speed which brings me to my next point. Most of the new trails (with the exception of some sections) are pretty slow so if you are an avid downhiller this is not the place for you.

None of the routes that I rode really maximize topography for a speedy decent because you are forced through constant unnecessary turns. The worst thing about this is it feels like you have gone nowhere. You are looped back and forth and forced to ride right next to a section you just did. Perhaps this is because they are trying to squeeze precious miles out of limited land, but I would honestly rather ride a short, well designed trail than miles rat maze. I find myself wanting to go back over to the old steep sections for some challenge and speed. There is a lack of those "woooh!" moments that are so rewarding in mountain biking, because the trail just teases you with the possibility of a downhill and then routes you safely along gentle areas where the trail hugs the contours of the topography.

It seems as though im complaining but I actually ride these trails a lot. I really appreciate any new trail thats built in my area, especially when I had no part in making it happen. AORBA has done some fantastic work here and I fear I am too critical. They have built some really nice berms and ladders that have clearly taken a lot of work. Mad Props. You should go and check it out because I think it has just enough good sections to make it worth the bad ones.

Customer Service

The trails near the creek are nice. Check out AORBA's facebook for a map but you could probably hit all the new ones in one ride.

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Tuskegee? haha your going to have to piece a good ride together here.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 21, 2012]
WeRtH229
Cross Country Rider

I have to second Mason's analysis. The new trails are legit and will be very nice once they are broken in. Check out AORBA's facebook page for up to date info on the construction process. I have even heard rumors of an eventual pump track. My hats off to the folks who are making this happen.

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Lake Wilmore

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 17, 2012]
Mason Heffernan
Cross Country Rider

Reviews are outdated. Over the last year, tons of work has been done. I know a local and so I made the trip to ride this new course. This is a very technical new trail system that is going to be world class. It needs to be ridden and used, but it is awesome. It is certainly not for beginners. There are 16+ miles of challenging, technical single track that is very scenic. I enjoyed it very much. My limitation, as always, is my physical conditioning. It is a physically demanding course with many climbs and what seems like little descent. There are many times when the trail is carved into the side of the “mountain” where error would likely be disastrous but the trail during these sections is well established. The newer sections ground is spongy which will take care of its self as it is ridden. It looked as if there were cabins available which would make it a great multiday ride and breaking it up into two days would make it pretty enjoyable. There are lakes that feed a creek in a gorge which is very nice and I would assume during the summertime would make for some great recreation. I suspect the goal is to make this a race course. The older reviews are no longer valid and this is a great destination.

Customer Service

We did the brand new section last. Most of the trail is less than a year old but this section just opened up in the last few weeks. I would do it first, if I had it to do over again.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 06, 2008]
lushima
Weekend Warrior

Trail is not very well maintained. Many of the trail markers are missing, knocked down, or don't have numbers. I spent most of my time lost on other trails. Take note of the reccomended route of the other review (the trail map from the guard shack doesn't help much).

Customer Service

It is a short trail and you should plan on making a couple of laps or as suggested ride one way then turn around and ride back. At the end make sure to ride a short section of Trail 7 down past the restroom. It has a nice drop off an eroision barrier.

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OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 29, 2005]
ensau
Weekend Warrior

Trail hasn't been kept up as well as one would hope, you have to get off of your bike way more than you would like. It is hard to follow the trail in some parts also. There were numerous times that I would get off by accident, but that was where some of the best riding was. There are a couple of fair climbs with some pretty fast decents with some mean rocks along the way. I'll try it again, but I wouldn't make a trip out of the way to hit this trail.

Customer Service

Stay on trails 7 and 8 (they merge together for a long way). Do not go on trail 5-it hasn't been kept up at all, and even if it were there are parts that are unrideable.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 01, 2004]
SomeDudePPF
Cross Country Rider

I ride this trail fairly often, but it's too technical for the short length of it if you ask me. There's one point where the trail splits and it's probably the most vertical climb you've ever seen. Plus there's a rock quary you have to worry about diving head into, which makes it just the more exciting.

Customer Service

There's several places where the trail splits and you might get lost, but just stick to following the same trail number at every intersection. The first time I rode this I thought the trail markers were actually mile markers, so don't do that because you'll get really lost.

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Pleasant Hill Trail, Tuskegee National Forest.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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