Wildwood Park Trail - TRAIL

Wildwood Park Trail - Trail, Florence, Alabama

Wildwood trail is basically a large main loop with several small loops that turn off of it. Everything is a loop so no matter which way you go you will eventually end up back at the trailhead. The main loop is only about 3 miles long but the sid e loops can add up to apprx a 5 mile ride. The trail is constantly up and down small but steep hills.Lots of roots, gullies, and some ruts and rocks. It is about 95% single track. It is fun, technically moderate,and intensely areobic.This little trail can wear your legs out.The land is owned by the city so be gentle to our trail and if you carry it in , then carry it out.

User Reviews (14)

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VaNNage   Cross Country Rider [May 05, 2009]

WARNING: DO NOT RIDE THE TOP TRAIL ONCE IT STARTS TO HEAD TOWARDS THE CLIFF. My heart was racing just walking the cliff trail. Also this is a great place to hike especially since the trails are not very long. I once ended up from a rafting trip there and had a blast. I have been to this park many times growing up and it is a good place to hike if you have never been.

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4
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4
Scott Sloan   Weekend Warrior [Jan 14, 2007]

Have just finished cleaning the entire trail system off with leaf blower. A couple of modifications to exsisting trails, some new trails soon to come. Down the street from the main trailhead, behind the Alabama Forestry Ranger Station, there is another trail loop that connects in with Wildwood trails. Don't miss that. Check out Wildwood while it's in this condition. This took me about 35 hours. Enjoy!

Customer Service

From main trailhead, go right. as you start climbing over the washed-out section, turn right onto the Four Ball Trail. This puts you on the Fire Road. Go left to the Powerline. Go right, Then left at top of big hill. Will end up back at the top of the Powerlines. Go 30 yards and go left into the woods. Follow trails from there. Be sure to check out the Cliffhanger Trail.

Am working on some signage so all of you from out of town can find your way around. Am trying to find some old trail maps to post. Email me for a guided ride. Thanks, and enjoy.

Similar Products Used: TVA reservation has "The Rockpile Trail". Five miles from parking lot to the damn and back. Very gnarly in places.
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3
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4
Scott Sloan   Racer [Aug 12, 2006]

Rode this trail Aug. 10 & 12, 2006. Have been riding there for five years, as well as doing a lot of trail maintenance. Some technical sections, lots of climbing. The trails basically have one main trail going right up the middle of about 3-4 acres, all trails on the right side of the main trail are more technical. At the top, you'll encounter a "powerline" run which goes out and back. On the left side of the main trail you'll enjoy the "cliffhanger" trail, an off-cambered trail overlooking the Cypress Creek. It's about 100 feet down to the creek so stay on the trail! Also, be sure to ride the "greentrail". Just up the street and across the street from Wildwood park you will find the Alabama Conversation Station. Behind that, there is a really nice trail loop we've opened back up. Nice downhill run reminds one of Tsali in Carolina.

Similar Products Used: The TVA reservation has a very technical & dangerous trail called "The Rockpile" Trail. You can pick up the trail right from the parking lot just off the main road on the reservation. From the parking lot to Wilson Dam and back it's about five miles. Wear a helmet!

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3
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5
CU-Murph   Cross Country Rider [Jul 06, 2005]

Fun little network of trails. They wined around a lot, crisscross each other. There are some steep climbs or decents, and even a few stunts. The trails are well packed in and kept clear of dead fall, but not marked. There were only a acouple trees down, but we met a local who said he'ld be out soon to cut them! Trail could use a little work on substainiblity issues, but overall its in great shape. Trail head parking is on the north side of the street just west of the intersection of Wildwood Park Rd. and Waterloo Rd. You park on the side of the road. You'll find a few log rides, jumps, ewok bridges, etc. there. Fun, but be careful. There's an old dirt jump area, but its all torn up and filled with debrees. Across Wildwood Park Rd., there about a mile of new trail opened to biking. Take the first right from the 'parking lot' around till you see orange flagging. Cross the steet, go over the wooden bridge and do the loopipop and come back. It rained the day we went, the ground was damp, but the trails were perfect to ride. It seems like if there hasn't been too much rain the trails there stay ridable. Reminds me of Oak Mt. in Birmingham, in that it takes a serious rain to close the trail. (Lots of places when it rains, you shouldn't ride because the trail becomes a mud fest.) NOTE: Heard that the local univeristy wants to buy the land from the city develope it. Might be a good idea to write the city of Florence and tell them your opinion. It would be sad to lose these trails.

Customer Service

Trails aren't marked, so if you ride with a local do. I was told you can get 'maps' at Dick's Sporting Goods, or the local bike shop. For an intermediate ride, just go up and back down the old service rd. that is now over grown into single track. Also try the new trail out. For a more adventurous ride, just ride around and explore.

Similar Products Used: Pine Torch and Bankhead ORV
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4
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4
andrew bolinger   [Feb 23, 1999]

these are good trails for one who is starting out and needing some experience riding technical trails. with all the roots and rocks, one should be careful because even the experienced are dismounted by these obsticles in a rider's path.

Similar Products Used: i dont recomend any in this area....because there isnt any worth riding other than wildwood. anyone wanting to ride...email and let us know when you are coming.
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2
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andrew bolinger   [Mar 03, 1999]

fast,slow,tough,easy,just you will have to ride it...

Customer Service

all of the trails.....

Similar Products Used: none,,,,,
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5
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Dustin Wilson   [Mar 07, 1999]

This trail is very technical and rooty. Not a good trail for endurance building, it is good for race preparation. Bring your knobbies and suspension forks, you'll be glad you did!

Similar Products Used: Oak Mountain, Birmingham
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4
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Chad Hicks   [Jul 18, 1999]

This trail is technically simple in most parts. There's a lot of up and down through it's entireity.
It's a very narrow trail so watch out for trees. Go easy on the mountain side or you will end up in cypress creek. If you are a beginner you'd better bring your hiking boots and a helmet.
It will wear you out!

Customer Service

From the trail head (if you can find it) go to your right. There seems to be more down hill this way.

Similar Products Used: Oak Mountain, Birmingham
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3
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Matt Wright   [Jul 29, 2000]

I think it is a pretty good trail. There are so many different ways to go, you can not get tired of the trail. You have to watch out for the roots running through the trail. The hills are pretty steep and there are a lot of loose rocks, but all in all it is a good ride.

Customer Service

At the beginning, take a right and then a left to go along the bluff beside Cypress Creek.

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4
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Adrian   [Aug 14, 2000]

Wildwood is a scary trail because of the fern beaver.

Customer Service

There is no recommended route because wherever you go youll run into the horrible "FERN BEAVER" it gave me a concussion, chipped tooth ,and a helmet split in two.

Similar Products Used: My back yard.
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3
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