Fort Rucker MTB Trails - TRAIL

Fort Rucker MTB Trails - Trail, Fort Rucker, Alabama

The majority of the trail is singletrack that branches off from the Parcours fitness trail. Mostly smooth-rolling XC-type trail, however if you explore enough there are several sections of fairly technical trail, a few large drops, and some north-shore style gaps hidden in the woods. It's made up of short (less than a mile) interconnecting segments, but there are enough of them that you can ride for a while without ending up on the same trail again. The rolling terrain keeps things interesting, with very few flat sections. You're either climbing or descending, which makes for a great workout and a fun ride. If you don't like to climb on dirt, you can shuttle back uphill by riding up Farrel Rd. or Blue Max st. to the numerous trail entrances.

The trail can be accessed from several spots on Farrel Rd, Blue Max St, behind the BOQ buildings against the woods, from the Parcours Lake picnic area, or behind the sports fields adjacent to the elementary school. In addition to that, if you ride the Parcours fitness trail the MTB trail crosses/joins it in several places so it's a good way to get on to the MTB-oriented segments. The trail is marked mostly by orange tape on the trees, but occasionally by orange flags or yellow blazes. Be alert for walkers on the trail, as the terrain can keep them out of view until the last second. Ride responsibly so these trails aren't shut down!

User Reviews (9)

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Brian of Troy   Weekend Warrior [Jan 28, 2012]

Nice trail that has had some good work done on it. There are some easy and fun trails like "Rucker's Revenge" and some that are a little more challenging like "Ravine" with a great drop. The best part about this trail is the opportunity for it to get better and mold it into a good long continous loop. It is much like a terrain park right now with no overall loop or layout that I could find.

Customer Service

I recommend parking at Parcours Lake and start by the picnic tables. Don't take the walking path up or down - it has to much errosion control to make it worth riding. Wind your way around and pick a new route each time. You can't get lost...

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3
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3
Seminole   Cross Country Rider [Dec 28, 2011]

Has some cool bridges and nice flowy trails. I love the see saw, i spent like an hour riding it over and over.

Customer Service

No idea. The place is a little confusing. I just rode down fire roads and along tree lines looking for white trail signs.

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4
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3
Ben   Cross Country Rider [Nov 06, 2011]

First off, hats to the folks that put so much hard work into these trails! I've been away from Rucker for a few years, and used to ride these trails back in '07-08. Whoever has been improving and maintaining them has done a phenomenal job. Most trails are marked with blaze or tape and many of them are named. Some of the trail names are pretty funny, especially if you're "read-in" on military stuff. Every day I ride I find new territory.
There is something for everyone here! If you are a novice rider there are plenty of "outs" that let you slowly work into the fun. If you enjoy ripping through the woods, daring mother nature to bite back, its easy to find your fix... There are plenty of winding technical climbs, 10-15' drops, jumps, gaps and awesome bridges if you know where to look.
I am taking my GPS along each day and there is a pretty impressive network of 1/2 to 1 mile legs that are all interconnected. So far I have found about 12 miles of trails but I find new ones each day. I'll try to post a map when I get a clear picture of what's back there.
If you are not military, don't let that stop you from riding Fort Rucker! Temporary passes can be acquired without too much hassle. Again, a massive THANK YOU to whomever has been putting in all the hard work.

Customer Service

Go wild!

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5
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4
bhawkdrvr   Weekend Warrior [Feb 02, 2011]

I bought a mountain bike to break the monotony of road biking/ racing in Savannah, GA. Savannah doesn't have any good trails so the mountain bike sits in the garage waiting for a good TDY trip where I'll pack it in an aircraft. I was excited to come to Rucker for the first time in my career since flight school since I read about these trails. All I have to say is that I am truly impressed. The bridges, signs, and effort put into these trails is above par. To the guys that put this together... Damn good work, if you guys need any help with the trails while I'm at Rucker feel free to contact me (bhawkdrvr286@yahoo.com). I do need to get a map, I got a bit lost and didn't make out until 2.5 hrs later, and after dark. It was fun, and I was glad I had lights.

Customer Service

They are all good, I got a bit confused after crossing the bridge on Grubb Run; I didn't know where to go after that so I just reversed back out and went on another trail.

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5
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3
Scottstrek   Weekend Warrior [Jan 25, 2011]

Trais are in awesome shape! Best ever. Ive been riding there for 10 years. The soldiers have done a tone of work. Building bridges, making new trails, built a see-saw(crashed twice b4 i made it over). Best trails this side of Oak Mtn and not sure if their not better than that. Trails are well marked and hazzards marked for safety. Plenty of different trails to ride and different directions to ride trails.

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4
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3
CHANCE B   Weekend Warrior [Nov 30, 2010]

These trails are getting better and better by the day (literally). There are a group of guys that have devoted a lot of their time and money to making these trails the best in Southern Alabama. There are trails for all levels of riders. Insane bridges, 20' + rolling drops, wall rides, teeter totters, fast down hill sections, steep hill climbs, and nice easy flowing sections are some of the features that the trails here at Ft. Rucker have to offer. These trails are very user friendly. Almost all of the trails have signs with names. If you come to a section you think is above your skill level there are optional routes so that you dont have to run the risk if you choose not to. There are trails being constructed as we speak. If you are new to the trails here or if you just want to link up and ride just email me @ cabailey_1@yahoo.com

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5
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4
ianblaster   Cross Country Rider [Nov 23, 2010]

This trail system has something for all skill levels. If you have ridden here in the past but have not been back in the past 6 months, you won't recognize it. The guys out here have put in hours and hours of work over the summer and fall maintaining and cutting brand new trails. There are now 8 to 9 miles of singletrack in addition to 4 to 5 miles of doubletrack running trails. There are a wide range of obstacles to negotiate to include creek crossings, narrow bridge crossings (some are up there), log crossings, steep ravines and drop offs, fast downhills, big climbs and more! Check out the trails page on Facebook at Fort Rucker Mountain Biking or on Yahoo Groups at RuckerCycling. There are trail maps, photos, videos, directions to trail heads and more.

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5
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4
Amber Lamps   Weekend Warrior [Nov 07, 2010]

The first two reveiws sum up the trails pretty well. The loops on the west side of farrel rd are now open and cleared. I would also like to add that most of the trails are named now and have signs posted. I am going to see if I can remeber them and some what describe them.

"Bomb Run" Starts at the top of the railroad tie stairs above parcours lake, it's a fast down hill that comes out at the bottom of the lake, or it's a steep climb I belive this is the one with the 90ft elevation change that Grubby was talking about.

"Swayback Ridge" Starts near the railroad tie stairs also. Go behind the BOQ building that is closest to where the begining of the stairs are and you should see it I think the enterance is right in front of room 107. This trails starts out downhill then has a nice climb, then heads back downhill and has two nice steep ravine drops.

"NOE Flight" Starts either at bottom of Switchback ridge or at the jogging trail enterance closest to BOQ tennis courts. A nice trail that is either climbing or decending depending on witch direction you start in. Nothing real technical. However if you go in the decending direction there is a connector that will let you hit the ravine drops on switchback ridge.

"Ravine" it a trail that leads to a big Noth shore style drop, or you can by-pass the drop and go through the "Sand Pit" or back to blue max road.

"Sand pit" Starts at blue max and goes to the sand pit and back up to the main jogging trail.

All the trails on the north side of blue max are not named except for over by the elementery school. Just look around there are some good ones that are not named.

"School's out" follows the school fenceline has some technical turns but pretty flowing.

"Shrek Swap" Starts on one of the old access roads over in that area or the side of school's out closest to the commisary. It has some fun bridges.

"Al's Trail" Is the first trail on the westside of farrel rd. It also starts near the school has one bridge and comes out on a dirt road that leads to grubb run.

"Grubb Run" When you come out of Al's trail on the dirt road and turn left you'll see the signs for the trail start. There is a creek crossing, drop in or Use the large bridge AT YOUR OWN RISK

Customer Service

I reccomend going on the trails with someone who knows them, that way you can get the layout and make up your favorites from there.

Similar Products Used: Campus trail at Troy University's Dothan campus. Nothing to fancy. I think its about a three mile loop.
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4
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4
GrubbyBajaT   Weekend Warrior [Mar 18, 2009]

I ride these trails a couple times/week during lunch - makes for a good 1-hour workout. Most trails are hard-packed and easy to follow as there are no signs. The trails are fairly technical in spots with at least 4 ravine crossings where you have to use your down speed to make the shoot up the opposite side. Ravines range from 10' to 20' deep with steep entrances/exits. Much of the singletrack is nice and flowing through the trees with some tight turns that can sneak up on you. There is a nice leg-burning climb at Parcours Lake which is roughly a 90' elevation change (that's pretty good for SE Alabama). Most of the trails are located between the elementary school and Lyster Clinic on the east side of Farrel Road. Recently I have marked some additional trails on the west side of Farrel Road which will eventually expand the system into a 6~7 mile loop. The trails east of Farrel Road can be formed into a 4.5 mile "loop" with minimal overlapping of trails. For more information and trail maps, join the RuckerCycling group on yahoogroups; trail maps are located in the files section. As stated in the description, the MB trails overlap the WOC workout trail in spots - BE ALERT FOR JOGGERS ON THE WOC TRAILS where the trails cross and/or overlap.

Customer Service

Contact me for trail map or get map from RuckerCycling group on yahoogroups. Start behind the "Guesthouse" at the WOC trailhead, follow power line to the north, continue in a CCW direction.

Similar Products Used: Swayback Trail/Wetumpka
Troy University/Dothan Campus - nothing technical here.
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4
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4
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