Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area - Trail, Helena, Alabama

Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area - Trail, Helena, Alabama

DESCRIPTION

The trail has a couple of single tracks that runaround the whole 30+ mile perimeter. Its got some technical spots that can be challenging. A ton of lung busters aswell. There is a variety of rocks ,sand and mud. This is a trail that will test your skill if your a pro and for the beginner it will allow you to learn without the hassle of traffic. There isnt too many riders out there and the trails are all over the place so it would be a miracle if you bumped into any riders. The view is simply beautiful. The tracks are pretty well maintained. It has some hilly areas that can be challenging but there are plenty of fast tracks for you speed junkies.

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[Aug 18, 2007]
Justin
Cross Country Rider

This ride can easily be navigated the wrong way. I have ridden this loop over 30 times now and truly enjoy the even combination of fast fireroad, downhill, and very technical climbs. I drive Coalmont Rd. in until it changes to gravel which is where I park. The first couple of rides out here were the toughest because I didn't know where to go or what to expect. After coming up with my own loop, this is by far one of my favorite rides in our rotation of nearly 20 in the South East.


FYI: There is a police shooting range on the property and well marked. This is also a controlled hunting property. Hunting is allowed in season and is posted on the large sign where you park.

Customer Service

Follow Coalmont Road from Helena until it changes from paved to a dirt fireroad. I normally park my car here on the right. Ride up the fireroad hill until is levels out and enjoy the beautiful views as you ride along a ridge overlooking the property for some 3-5 miles.
The road will take you down a couple of fast downhills and finally fork off to the right. (If you go straight here, it has some fun jumps and rutted doubletrack, but leads you to the southwestern end of the property...maybe an out and back? We do and love it.)
You will hear/see some sort of water treatment facility, pass it and the fireroad continues through a gate, sometimes its locked other times its not. We go either way. Ride the level road another couple of miles and it will bear to the left, on your right there will be some sort of gas pump like you see in Texas, there are many of these on the property, go straight ahead up the small hill and follow the dusty doubletrack into the woods.
This is where the fun starts. The trail you are currently on will drop out on the gasline trails. Go right, and follow these until you see where they are blocked by a bunch of boulders. Turn right here and go up the

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hill to the gravel fireroad. Turn left and this will lead you quickly back to your car.

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[May 19, 2005]
BhamBetty
Weekend Warrior

HATED IT. When we first got out there I heard gun shots (In APRIL). This made me very nervous. It is also very dusty and I coughed up stuff for days after that. The bugs were HORRIBLE. Overall I had an awful experience. I have no idea why these people talk about single track. All I saw were fire roads. However, If you want to go... Trail maps are now at the unnamed gas station (looks like a texaco) at 261 & 52. Bring some earplugs so you won't have to listen to the banjos. Don't stop for anyone who tells you to squeal like a pig.

Customer Service

Just don't go. Basically this is the far west end of Valleydale for anyone brave enough. Valleydale turns into 261 then 261 ends at 52 and another road starts and about a mile after 52 you will see the road turn to dirt/clay/gravel.

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OAK MOUNTAIN.

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[Nov 06, 2001]
Commando4

This area is an just a network of logging roads. It can get pretty technichal at some times but is most often easy to ride. There is no single track and during hunting season it is not a good idea to go out there

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Oak Mountain State Park is the best trail in the area

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[May 17, 2002]
hawkman

It's basically a dirt bike trail. I've got one word for it: "Wheeeeeeee!"

It was like a roller coaster. I parked where the trail ends and rode the bike up the dirt road to where the powerline cut-through goes. If you follow the powerline the hills are WAY to steep so I followed the single-track dirtbike trail that parallels the road back to my car. It took about 15-20 minutes to huff and puff up the road. It not too steep, just relentless, there are some level spot in the road to chill at though.

Then you get to the powerline area and you get to start the roller coaster! A lot of bumps, jumps, huge mud puddles, thorn vines, etc.
Some spots are so steep that you just make a controlled slide and then let go and ride it out. There are some dangerous spots at full speed where the ruts are so deep that one false move will end your ride real quick. I didn't wreck once though! The trail keeps going on but there was alot more vegitation and I had already been leg-whipped by enough thorns already.

It's great for a workout and you can repeat it like a ride at Six Flags until you get enough.

I din't want to go along the 30+ miles of logging roads - too boring for me

Customer Service

See the description provided

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Oak Mountain is the best

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4
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[Aug 12, 2002]
rob feature

Trails? Where? All I could find was access/fire roads. Lots of them, but not much other than that. Plus, you must have a permit to be out there and when I went to that store to get one (the only place to get one), the guy was out of them and had no idea when more would be there. So, he signed the back of one of his business cards and said "here, this oughta hold ya". I never saw a ranger, but I kind of doubt the card's validity had I done so. Oh, and the 1 star rating is very lenient. I'd give this one a zero if I could.

Customer Service

none

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[Dec 18, 2002]
Steve

I've lived in Helena for 5 years and have yet to find any good singletrack trail route in the CRWMA. There are some steep trails, but unfortumately most of the single-track leads to dead ends, so you just turn around and go back up the hill.

This land is still mined and forested, so keep an eye out for heavy equipment, especially when you are off the main road. Also, in an effort to keep the off-roaders at bay, the extractive industries have at times dug wide, deep trenches across access roads. Miss the approach to one of these and you're in for a bad spill (Speaking from experience, trust me!)

If you like dirt-road riding it is a decent place since there are 30+ miles of fire roads. If you go out the back and connect with some of the other WMAs south you can get in almost 100 miles of dirt roads. Good for an epic LSD ride with some buds. Cross-bikes rock on these roads!

Wear bright orange and watch out for hunters any time of year. Tin cans are always in season! What traffic there is tends to be bubba in his 4-wheel-drive who is not pleased that you and your bike are on his road.

Customer Service

Singletrack = None. No real route to be found.
Fire roads = Main loop is about 17 miles. Or go to the back entrance for about 15 miles one-way.

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Oak Mountain

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