Cheaha Mt. Express - Trail, Cheaha State Park, Alabama

Cheaha Mt. Express - Trail, Cheaha State Park, Alabama

DESCRIPTION

Nothing but singletrack! Be sure to take the right turn onto the Deer Run section. Super singletrack downhill! Not too steep but high speed fun. The trail sits atop the highest peak in the state so drainage after a storm is quick and complete. There are three small loops that make up the system. Try looping them together in different directions for a fun time. The whole system is only 8-9 miles so you'll need to overlap to make it worth the drive. Better yet camp! The campground facilities are first rate and I've been to some dumps. Clean bath houses, water, power, hell the store by the trailhead even sells beer. Nothing chi-chi (or cold so put it on ice before you ride) but a welcome refreshment after a long day. The campsites proximity to the trail makes night rides a must.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 24, 2008]
flamdrag8
Weekend Warrior

This is an awesome trail. Very steep in places, both down and up. The switchbacks and rocks, make this a tech journey of exploration. After a rain this trail is epic with the fog and waterfalls. A truly great place to ride.

Customer Service

Follow the signs for the race course.

Similar Products Used:

Iron legs, gene's loop

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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5
[Oct 02, 2005]
jomamma
Racer

Yep. Lots of rocks to keep your attention. Took advice from the forum on route keeping on Deer Run and then the long technical climb. This portion nearly wasted me first time around as I wasn't expecting it. Rode the hardtail out here and had a blast! The yellow trail rocks! (literally). There are a couple of huge deadfalls blocking the trail in a couple of sections. This is slightly annoying as they evidently have been around since hurricane Ivan. I politely asked folks working in the shop to relay info. about trail maintenance to local volunteers. They had no idea what I was talking about. Found out next day at Cahaba Bikes in B'ham (Oak Mtn.) that the Cheaha Express trail has been put on the "backburner" so to speak as far as priority goes. What a shame! A good trail regardless.

Customer Service

Ride it all and don't complain about the rocks or switchbacks. Go to a clinic instead and learn some skills, crybaby!

Similar Products Used:

Arrowhead State Park (Macon, GA), Oak Mtn (but of course!)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 17, 2004]
UCFJosh
Racer

I was at Cheaha for a race, and I just wasn't all that impressed. The drive into the park is very nice, and the trails are maintained as well as most. However, for pure fun of riding, it just didn't do much for me on my hardtail. Sharp rocks all the way down the hill, loose and bumpy all the way around. I'm not afraid of technical riding, but this just didn't blow me away. However, if you like to make your whole body hurt, this is the place- the downhill beats the upper body, and the climb back up is a leg burner.

Customer Service

followed the race route.

Similar Products Used:

Oak Mountain- I like it better.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 28, 2003]
Emery
Cross Country Rider

A really fun single track with plenty of sharp edge rocks and short steep inclines with concurrent short steep declines! Call 1800ALAPARK and reserve a cabin, chalet for groups, hotel room, primative or camper campsite. Great place to back pack as well. Lookout restaunt is mediocre and has plenty of fried foods as well as a Sunday brunch buffet. Hunting is not allowed in the state park but is surrounded by Talledega National Park so wear bright clothing if hiking about. A great weekend getaway and physically challenging trail. Ride it 2-3 times a day in different directions and low usage by others.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 04, 1999]
Linda

This is a great trail. I have riden this trail a few times. Stop at the store to get a map of the trail. I recommend you drive up and park at "Bald Rock...this is a nice walk to a great view of alabama". Great for after the ride. One nice loop is to go down the yellow loop until you run into the green trail take the green trail clock wise until you hit the blue trail loop around the blue trail until you hit green trail again. This is all nice smooth single track. Once you get to the yellow tail again turn left on the trail. follow the yellow trail down...this is a nice fast downhill. you will hit some nice fast switch backs...you can either turn on the pink trail or follow the yellow trail to the store for a cold drink. once you get to the pink trail you will have a nice smooth single tack...hardly have to peddle here...near the end of the pink trail you will have a long clime back up to the blue trail...there is a cool stream on this trail to cool off at...some really nice views.. frome there you can follow the blue, green or loop back around. enjoy the ride...great trail..Have fun...

Customer Service

same as above

Similar Products Used:

Oak mountain, Monto Sano Mountain,

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 27, 1999]
Derek Boyd

One of the worst trails I have ever ridden. Definantly not something to travel to in order to ride. I was extremely dissapointed. Trails are very rocky, rooted and not very well maintained. Talked with three park employees who knew nothing about the trails. More suitable for hikers than anything.

Similar Products Used:

Oak Mountain park in Birmingham.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 06, 2000]
Mtb7000

The man who reviewed this trail that said the trail was rocky and rooty is right. It is very rocky and rooty, but that is the point isn't it? I'd be willing to bet you are either a roadie, or spend most of your mountain bike time on golf paths. I too have noticed that the park rangers are not the most bike oriented people. However, the trails are in pretty good shape. They are challenging and technical. But that is what creates the fun. Plus, the trails are very well marked and the store inside does have trail maps if you ask for them. So ride a couple loops and enjoy the view from Alabama's highest point.

Similar Products Used:

The wonderful Oak Mountain State Park, Kentuck ORV, and Choccolocca state forrest (Iron legs, Mark's loop, etc.)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 03, 2000]
smsjdad

Challenging trail, fairly technical with alot of rock on one section. Singletrack all the way. The rockiest section is the trail to the left after you leave the lower trailhead. I personally would rather ride up this section than down. This would mean that I recommend riding the trail clockwise. The uppper portion of the trail is relatively free of significant rock as is the return trail to the lower trailhead. Some nice scenic sections when the leaves are off the trees...that is if you have time to even take in the view! I found the ranger that I talked with very helpful and knowledgable.

Similar Products Used:

Oak Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 02, 2000]
cryo

Next to Oak Mountain, its the toughest in the area. It has lots of loose rocks and downed trees so be careful. Going clockwise is good if you like adequate downhills, but after the downhill is done theres a mile of uphill to get back to the beginning.If you go counter-clockwise the switchbacks are pretty tough and it has a few downhills to take a breather.

Customer Service

Take trailhead to the red loop. Its a sharp right turn so look out for it. Then take yellow. Then back to trailhead or try blue loop which forks with red.

Similar Products Used:

Iron legs, Genes loop, and Marks loop are a fun ride, but go to Cheaha for a real workout.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 28, 2000]
Connie Misket

This is a really great trail! It is very rocky - but it's a great place to learn how to handle more difficult terrain. Watch your feet - there are some rocks just the right height to knock your feet off the pedals, but the trail is worth the effort. I would say that it's actually very well maintained, but they've kept it challenging by not taking out all the obstacles. I'd recommend it to intermediates.
Last time I was there was on a Sunday and I only ran into one other biker, but the campsites were pretty full. The shop at the trailhead is very convenient and you'll love the drive up to the top of the mountain - I wish I had a motorcycle on that road. Take some time to look off the observation points - the view is excellent. I had to keep reminding myself to watch the trail at some points because there are nice views from the trail too. I had a blast and plan to be back there whenever I can.

Customer Service

I followed the blue signs out and the yellow ones back last time. The yellow route has more switchbacks. It's pretty well marked no matter which way you go - just check out the map before you start.

Similar Products Used:

The Kentuck ORV park is a blast! It's just down at the bottom of the hill. I did both trails the same day and it was one of the best biking days ever. Also check out Oak Mountain State Park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
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