The Bartram Trail - TRAIL

The Bartram Trail - Trail, Lochapoka, Alabama

More than 200 years ago while the American colonies were fighting for independence, William Bartram, made an epic journey through the Southeast. Born in Philadelphia, Bartram became the first native-born American naturalist/artist. Bartram traveled throughout the South collecting plant specimens and studying Native American culture in the 1770's. Located within Tuskegee National Forest, The Bartram Trail offers some of the best single track in East-Central Alabama. Trail usage is fairly heavy for this part of the state with over 500 riders per week, during peak riding seasons.

User Reviews (21)

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WeRtH229   Weekend Warrior [Jul 11, 2011]

Hit it up yesterday and was very disappointed. There were trees down 200 yards from the ranger station, then there were 5 more down after that so I just quit a mile and a half into it and hit up Pleasant Hill Trail across the road. It could be a nice trail though, and something different which the Auburn area needs. I started from the Ranger Station side, I don't know what the Little Texas Volunteer Fire Station side looks like but I wouldn't waste my time if you have never ridden.

Similar Products Used: Pleasant Hill Trail
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rcmaster1029   Cross Country Rider [Oct 23, 2010]

The trail is extremely torn up, there are roots everywhere that are washed out. I started out on the end where Pleasant Hill is and going out was boring and tiresome, the way back was a bit better, but still not great. There is too much pine straw and sand on the trail making it a little too hairy at times. One of my least favorite trails.

Similar Products Used: Pleasant Hill, Chewacala
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grant4406@yahoo.com   Cross Country Rider [Dec 29, 2008]

I rode this trail for the first time this morning. This Trail is right off south college in Auburn, Across from the little texas volunteer fire department. This is wear the actual trail head is. It ends at the ranger station in the Tuskeege National forest so you can start at either end but I recommend starting on the South College end. This is a fun challenging trial. However it is not very well kept up. I had to get off of my bike 3 times because of huge trees down across the trail, and there are a few sandy sections(but to me that just makes it more interesting). I have read a lot of people complaining about roots but really it is not that bad I mean come on guys we are mountain bikers riding though the woods what to you expect if you want smooth stick to the road. It is rooty, but it is no worse than any other trail that I have ridden. It has got a few bridges that jump out at you from no where( and they can be a little slick after a rain or heavy dew. It also has some big jumps right at the beginning(if you start on south college that are a lot of fun but look like they could use some work. Over all I really enjoyed the trail and when you get to the end of it you can cross of HWY 80 and keep riding on the Pleasant Hill trail if you are trying to get some distance.

Customer Service

It is just an out and back but I recommend going all the way to the end of Pleasant Hill too which makes for one long out and back that is close to 20 miles and is about a 2 to 2 1/2 hour trip

Similar Products Used: check out flat rock in columbus
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646-ATL   Weekend Warrior [Dec 10, 2008]

I haven't ridden here since I graduated from Auburn ('04,) but I cut my trail riding teeth in this forest and the only complaints I ever had were the slick bridges after a good rain or even early in the morning after a good dew. A few sand spots don't seem worth complaining about and I never remember roots being bad enough to warrant talking about them. Sometimes the thick layer of pine straw could cause a little wheel spin on some of the uphills, but overall its an easy ride and when you consider round-trip could offer approx 16 miles its a jewel for the area.

Customer Service

any part of the trail itself or you can always ride the dirt roads for some easy cruising

Similar Products Used: Chewacla is more convenient, but offers many more roots (esp on the hills; lots of bike carrying)and nothing very interesting
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Mercury+Fly   Weekend Warrior [Sep 09, 2007]

I agree this is a fun trail, but it could be a lot better. When I rode it, there was a lot of overgrown vegetation, especially in the first couple of miles. The roots made for some fun drops and steps depending on which way you were going, but watch out for fallen trees when you're coming back and don't see them until you're in the air and landing right before them. At the Bartram trail sign at the east end of the trail if you go out the other side of the parking lot there is a series of several gap jumps that are fairly big. Doesn't look like that trail connects to anything at the bottom though.

Customer Service

Paper at the ranger station says the trail to the west of the ranger station is hiking only. I went 4 miles out and 4 miles back on the half of the trail going east from the ranger station.

Similar Products Used: Swayback bridge trail
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bikenblaze   Weekend Warrior [Mar 25, 2007]

I'm not quite sure why everyone is complaining about "lots of sand and roots" because it's not that bad at all. A very easy trail which consists of mostly wide open paths covered by pine straw and occasional roots. Hardly any rocks. When you go down the dirt road to switch over to the next part of the trail, don't forget to sneak off to the side and ride on the ramp course. This is fairly easy for any one who is mildly athletic and can ride a bike. The sand only shows up in maybe two parts, just slow down and coast through and you'll be fine. Especially take caution on the sandy part before the bridge because if you do happen to lose control, you'll actually fall down a drop instead of bailing out into some pine straw. The only true "techincal" parts are two series of downhill root ledges caused by erosion-- no big deal. If you live in Auburn or Montgomery, check it out.

Customer Service

You can only go one way. You start on Bartram for maybe a quarter of a mile then switch over to some other trail.

Similar Products Used: Chewacla is the nearest but I've heard it isn't great. Try swayback bridge trail in Wetumpka, al
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Brooks Stinson   Weekend Warrior [Mar 25, 2007]

Don't expect to be riding the Bartram trail if you're a biker because most of it is now closed to bikers. You spend the majority of time on some other trail whose name I can't remember but it's equally fun so don't worry. Okay, so I'm not really sure why these previous reviews complain so much about "lots of roots and sand" because it's really not that bad at all. For the most part, the trails is free-flowing pine straw covered paths-- fairly open (not too narrow). There are maybe a couple of sandy parts so go slow through them, especially the one before the bridge. There are only two truly "technical" parts which are just a series of downhill root ledges caused by erosion. This trail is pretty entertaining. When you get to the half a mile stretch of the dirt road don't be discouraged because there is a stretch of dirt ramps to the side about halfway through. You can get some pretty big air. This trail is worth a ride if you live in Montgomery or Auburn.

Customer Service

Like I said, you start on the Bartram trail for maybe a quarter of a mile and then you switch over to another that lasts another four miles, then you head back once you get to the end for a total of about 8.5 miles. Easy peasy and a good workout.

Similar Products Used: Chewacla is the closest but I've heard it isn't nearly is good as this one in Tuskegee. Try Swayback Bridge Trail in Wetumpka, Al.
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AUJWE   Weekend Warrior [Jun 20, 2004]

I want to clarify some things about where this trail is since it is not in, or near, Loachapoka, AL, like the MTBReview staff seems to think. Heading north on I-85 from Montgomery get off on the Wire Road Exit, exit 42, and head East(Right). For begineers the best thing to do is go to the ranger station and look at the map to familarize yourself with the trail. Go over the bridge and take your second left, by the big Tuskegee N.F. sign. There's the ranger station, usually closed, and a good map outside. As of 6/04, part of the Bartram Trail is closed to bikes and ATVs but is still open to hiking. The sign says because of the preservation/conservation of natural resources. WTF? I guess bikes are hard on the land and them cutting timber in the forest isn't. Anyway, he section closed should be noted on the map at the station. The entire trail, including the closed part, is 8.6 miles one way. I would also suggest, like someone else did, that you exercise extreme caution during deer season. People are allowed to hunt in there pretty much anywhere they want and are likely to shoot at anything. Especially a biker that has "ruined" their hunt. THe rules say that they aren't allowed to hunt within a certain distance of the trail but nobody is enforcing that. Trust me. Plus it really doesn't matter how far away they are from the trail when they have a gun. Good luck and have fun on the roots.

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Jason White   [Nov 03, 1998]

This is the only real trail near Auburn University, it is a little too techincal for a nubie, too many exposed roots. And erosion is becoming a problem, but it is still a fun and fast trail.

War Eagle!!

Customer Service

Drive Past the ranger Station when you see the trail head take a Left and park. The trail cross road here, look around a little and you will find the Northern half on the right side of the road. This trail is pretty flat with each end only slightly higher than the middle. So it really doesn't matter which way you choose to go.

Similar Products Used: Chewacla State Park
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Alacritas   [Nov 06, 1998]

Well, it's not that this trail was ever a secret or low-traffic one, but I don't know how I feel about this trail being on this website for everyone to see. It's not a destination, but it's quite convenient for us locals. When I'm in Auburn, I try to ride it at least once per week. My g.f. gives it a 4-5 rating for fun and a 2 for difficulty. I give it a 3 for fun and also a 2 for difficulty.

Customer Service

For the past year I've been parking at the Ranger Station (Wire Road). The part between the station and US29/College street is definitely not as pretty as the part past Wire Road.

Similar Products Used: Chewacla
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