Point Mallard Biking & Walking Trail - TRAIL

Point Mallard Biking & Walking Trail - Trail, Decatur, Alabama

Flat & almost paved, winding along the Tennessee river at Pt. Mallard Recreational Complex. Lots of joggers. Perferct for beginners but still a pleasant ride for anyone. The trail now connects with the larger bike route that runs through Decatur.

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Camshaft213   Weekend Warrior [Feb 16, 2008]

I am a complete novice at mountain biking and I found this trail to be exactly what I was looking for in a beginner course. It's not very challenging and I was able to take most of the course at high speed, which was fun. I rode it on a Saturday morning and there were quite a few walkers and joggers out, so be careful.

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I started in the Pt Mallard parking lot and rode the trail out to the road, then turned around and came back. If you park at the gravel lot near the main entrance to Pt Mallard and do the entire loop you end up spending half your time on pavement. I also rode the trail out to Stratford Rd, which was fun but very short.

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rob feature   [Apr 24, 2002]

For a mountain bike, this trail is really nothing more than spin-training. The only thing that makes this trail remotely fun is that it has lots of turns and it can be ridden at scorching speeds (watch out for the walkers/joggers/runners/dogs/families - yes, this is a heavily populated trail unless ridden at night).

However, if you like to night ride, this trail might be for you. This trail can be ridden on a fairly clear night without a light. The trail is in the canopy of trees, but the fine white gravel provides plenty of light for nightstuff. This trail has recently been extended and goes from the end of Stratford Rd. to the downtown area. I'm not sure of the total mileage now, but it's somewhere between 7 and 9 miles one-way.

Unless the trail washes out due to massive amounts of rainfall, it's never muddy so it can usually be ridden many times. This trail, however, is infamous for washing out...that's because it runs right beside Flint Creek and the Tennessee River. If river levels are up, the water will be up as well and parts of the trail will be underwater. I've kayaked this trail before it's been so far underwater. But, the park staff at point mallard reconditions this trail each time this happens and also several times during the year, so you can count on that trail not changing a whole lot. By the way, the only parts of the trail that will be underwater are the designated Point Mallard hike/bike trail(3 mi.).

The other stuff is paved and is on higher ground. It is also very well-marked.

There is a newer extension of the trail. To get to it, exit the trailhead near the ice rink/waterpark. Get on the main road and ride like you're exiting the park. When you pass the water slides, look for a little trail on the left about a hundred yards past the parking turn-in for the water slides. If you stay on the smooth part, it goes to the end of Stratford Rd. You will discover several trails, most to the right, going into the woods. Most of this is singletrack. There isn't much total mileage here (1 1/2 miles?), but it can be lots of fun. There are several jumps, obstacles, and deep ditches that make for some fun laps.

The rating for this trail is for what it is...not for what it could be. Hardcore riders who can't spill enough blood will not like this one.

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Similar Products Used: Wheeler Wildlife Refuge if you're looking for the same kind of riding, otherwise, try Monte Sano Mountain, Wade Mountain, Colonial Hills, Oak Mtn, Pine Torch (Bankhead).
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Mike   [Sep 09, 2002]

If you really mountain bike... no need to come here. It is all flat w/great scenery of Tenn. river and of the Point Mallard Golf course. Good for families and relaxed rides. I am a much more aggressive rider, so it does not appeal to me much.

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either way.

Similar Products Used: Huntsville area has several trails listed on this site that I have ridden that are fun and tech.
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