Oak Mountain State Park - Trail, Birmingham, Alabama

Oak Mountain State Park - Trail, Birmingham, Alabama

DESCRIPTION

The 16 mile loop includes singletrack, great fire road downhill, nice scenery. Maintained by Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP).

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 19, 2017]
John Grham
Cross Country Rider

I ride at Oak Mountain regularly. Having it only 2 miles from home helps, but I would still travel to get to it. A great mix of fast, technical, flow, climbing, rocky and whatever else you can do while mountain biking (outside of the big out west downhill runs). I am going to say 95% or more is singletrack with only one 4 mile section that is an old trail road but it has gotten so that it is nearly a singletrack at this point.

I am updating this to tell people about the new Lake Connector Trail that opened in September of 2017. It is a multi-use trail but, being really honest, B.U.M.P. had a lot to do with its design and it is a phenomenal trail for biking. You can ride fast, you can have a few climbs to get a workout, some small jumps and even practice pumping. It is only 2.4 miles but what a fun 2.4 miles.

Oak Mountain - Keep building more trails. The trails only get better and better and better.

Customer Service

Honestly - any of them. From the most fun to the least fun:
* Lightning
* Thunder
* New Lake Connector Trail
* Rattlesnake Ride
* Jekyll and Hyde
* Johnson's Mountain
* Foreplay
* North Trail (Hell) Head Trail - Red Trail

They are all fun, but if i could only go ride one today, that's my list.

Similar Products Used:

Coldwater Mountain - Phenomenal set of trails. A lot more climbs and downhills and more miles. I would ride it regularly but just over an hour from Birmingham

Sylaward, Sylacauga - Lake Howard - 16 miles of fast and flowing trails with only two major hills, that aren't necessarily that major. Pretty views, plenty of vision ahead so you don't have to worry about running into someone and there is the most friendly black lab to greet you when you get there!

Tannehill State Park - Good, not my favorite. Sort of hilly, sort of flowy, but not a bunch of either. I know others love it. i have been there once so I am not necessarily the one to give a review but definitely worth visiting if you are in the area.

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5
VALUE
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3
[Jul 18, 2015]
DNick
Weekend Warrior

The Red jeep trail which climbs and descends the highest and most fun section of trail , is badly in need of a major repair. This is about a 4 mile section of the classic Red trail. Several sections are so badly rutted and strewn with loose softball size rocks on the climb and downhill , they are about impossible to enjoy if you have any type of job to go to for the next 6 weeks . I'm a vocal advocate of not dumbing-down trails but this section needs a bulldozer and trail machine.
Right now, the Johnson Mtn section of trail offers the most fast somewhat technical fun .

Customer Service

Pea vine Rd to Johnson Mtn then Rattlesnake ending up at Lake trail. 8 miles . Repeat as many times as possible .

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3
VALUE
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3
[Nov 13, 2014]
Borobiker
Weekend Warrior

Lots of trail to ride! We only did the lake portion and one called rattlesnake ridge. Liked them both but the lake ride was really fast and fun. Rattlesnake a little more technical. We hope to explore some more of the trails tomorrow, our last day in town.

Customer Service

We parked at the marina, and rode the road back to the lake trail entrance.

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5
VALUE
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3
[Sep 01, 2014]
CLB
Cross Country Rider

Epic loop (red trail) around the park consists of several different trail segments of various skill levels and terrain. Trails can vary from smooth and narrow singletrack winding through pine and hardwood forest (Rattlesnake Ridge, Johnson's Mountain, Garret Gulch) to steep, rocky descents with some of the most jagged rocks you will see on any trail (Boulder Ridge, West Ridge, Jekyll and Hyde, Blood Rock). You can make the loop consist of intermediate to green XC or take difficult options as you go around. Take a weekend to explore and warm up, soon you'll be acquainted and start letting it rip as trails become more familiar. Trails like Boulder Ridge, Jekyll and Hyde, and West Ridge have potential to break bones and bikes. Be prepared to ride gnarly stuff and get in tight situations.

Customer Service

Clockwise around park from North Trailhead: Take red road (great warm up climb) up to Boulder Ridge, jump onto West Ridge and then take the BUMP connector to Jekyll and Hyde. Cross Peavine Rd and take Foreplay to Johnson's Mountain. After J. M. take Peavine Rd north until you reach Mr Toad's. After Toad's take Lake Trail to Seven Bridges, to Group Camp Rd. to Garret Gulch, to Chimneys to Cat Dog Snake. End at North Trailhead. Rattlesnake Ridge (off of lake trail) is OK but I wouldn't go out of my way for it next time.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 31, 2013]
khomes7
Cross Country Rider

Went this week and loved this trail system. Only rode 12 miles due to time but what a blast. The lightning trail is to die for. I had a huge rush from it. This trail system is a little rooty but my trance ate them up. please check it out!

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5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 27, 2010]
00sable
Weekend Warrior

The BUMP organization just finished another section of multi use trail that goes around the back of the lake and is just beautiful. It takes out all the paved road sections to get to the trailhead. The mileage is somewhere around 20 or more now I was told.

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3
VALUE
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4
[Jan 20, 2009]
DeShazo
Cross Country Rider

What a great trail. It has a little bit of everything along the way. If you start at the South Trailhead going clockwise it is about a 1/4 mile on asphalt until you bear right onto the single track head down Seven Bridges section for several miles of nice flowing single track. Plenty of roots and rocks to make it fun if you like that sort of thing. Then onto Camp Road which is a dirt road for about 1.5 miles then left back onto single track in Garretts Gulch. This is uphill for a bit then a long fast, fun decent for about a quater mile or so. Then you enter the Rock Garden where the Gnomes live. This is a moderate section of baby head type rocks for a 1/2 mile or so. At this point you enter the section called the Chimney's. This is still single track with some old cabins that used to be long ago with ony the chimneys remaining. It takes you through tight turns where roots grab your tires and trees grab your handle bars. From there you hang a right onto the Red Road section. This section is for all of you who like to test you uphill endurance. It is about 2 miles of serious uphill as you travel on the fire road to the top. Once there you head down to the BUMP Trail section, where you will find the most technical part of the whole trail, appropriately named Blood Rock. Most are content to walk there bikes down this section of large rocks and tight turn towards the bottom of the section. The Blood Rock section is only about 40 yards or so but not for the faint at heart. Once beyond it you can fly. The run is about 1.5 miles of downhill. Rocks will shred your tires if not negotiated on a good line in this section. This again is somewhat technical on the descent. Once at the bottom you cross onto a covered bridge at the bottom of Johnsons Mountain. This is roughly 2 miles of climbs and descents until you get to Foreplay. This section is about 1/2 mile of nice flowing single track onto Mr Toads section which is another mile of free flowing single track back to the South Trailhead for the end of the loop. It is about 16.3 miles total.

Customer Service

I prefer clockwise on the loop because of going down Blood Rock and beyond. Some who realy like to fly can go counter clockwise and get some unbelievable air going down the Red Road section. You cross 7 man made creek crossing the essentially make a ramp coming out, especially when you are bombing at 25mph or better.

Similar Products Used:

The Trussville Sports Complex has a nice trail maintained by BUMP.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 09, 2008]
1X1AA
Racer

The trails at this park are awesome! Thanks to BUMP, the Birmningham Urban Mountain Pedalers, the 14th Annual Bump 'n Grind Race was a BLAST! You know how to get it done!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 02, 2008]
Carl Erickson
Cross Country Rider

An enlongated loop around a mountain ridge. A mix of nice single track and some fast fire roads. This is the first time riding this trail; it was reccommended and I rode it as I was traveling through the area. Definitely bring your 2.1 or larger tires. I got two pinch flats with my 1.95s on the fast single track downhill sections. I even had 45+ pounds of pressure in my tires.

One negative is that bicyclist are only allowed on the red trail. This place would be even better if shortened loops could be made out of the numerous trails and area.

Customer Service

Either direction is good, though I preferred the CW direction because one can warm-up with the steady fire road climb and flatten out on the fire road and then bomb the single track. Props to the B.U.M.P group for nicely designed trails. They are fun and drain well. It had rained here 2 days ago and hardly any standing water. Also, thanks to David on the single speed for the ride back to the trail head after the second pinch flat.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 10, 2007]
Manimal
Weekend Warrior

This trail is very well maintained and a lot of fun. All climbs are do-able for riders except maybe blood rock but with a little practice it should be. The first day I rode this trail, I lost a bolt in my chainstay and was lucky enough to be a short walk to the road. I caught a ride from a ranger who was extremely nice and even made a call to find out where the local bike shop was. The park also has a BMX track that was tempting but didnt try. The trail itself is nice tight, twisty singletrack for about 75% of the time with a few miles being on fire roads.

Customer Service

I only had time to ride this trail 1.5 times due to my bolt incident. So i only got to try it out CCW from the north trailhead. The only problem I had is when I came out to the road after seven bridges I had a hard time trying to find where the trail started again. You have to ride up the road about 1 mile and on the left by the picnic areas. I have to thank cahaba cycles which is located close to the park who got me back to riding in no time.

http://cahabacycles.com/index.cfm

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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