Lake Lurleen multi user trail - TRAIL

Lake Lurleen multi user trail - Trail, Northport, Alabama

Overview of Trail System: The Lake Lurleen State Park in Tuscaloosa, Alabama has recently completed Phase I of a major extension to its multi-use trail system. With the completion of Phase I the trail system’s total mileage is approximately 10.5 miles. For now this is an IN and OUT trail which must be taken into account by trail users. After the completion of Phase II the trail will connect with the north end of the Park and will be a 20 mile plus loop trail system.Park officials expect Phase II to be completed in by the Fall of 2006. The trail system is comprised of three connected trails (Lakeside Trail, Tashka Trail, and Five Oaks Loop) and is open to hiking, mountain biking, and running. MOTORIZED VEHICLES and EQUESTRIANS are NOT allowed on this trail system. The trail starts behind Pavilion #1; this is the pavilion on the left side of the Park entrance. Amble parking is available at this trailhead. The Park entry fee is $2 on weekdays, $3 on weekends. The entire trail is rated Intermediate in accordance with guidelines established by IMBA, the International Mountain Biking Association Use caution when on the trail, come prepared, and respect other trail users and the creatures of the forest.

User Reviews (12)

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Sharky   Cross Country Rider [Dec 18, 2012]

First time rider at LL and I really enjoyed it. The overview of the system is listed incorrectly...the full system is now nearly 20 miles long. I started from the South Trailhead and rode the Lakeside Trail (BLUE) then Tashka Trail (RED) clockwise around the Lake. There are 5 other "loops" that veer off from the Tashka Trail at regular intervals around the lake. I did not ride the additional loops on this trip...mostly because Tashka was a lot more challenging than I expected! I'd consider myself an Intermediate rider and found myself either challenged with moderate grade climbs with some very technical portions or fast downhills with more switchbacks than I could count. That said, I would still highly recommend the trail for individuals looking for a challenge. The varying terrain, views and very well maintained and marked trail more than makes up for the moderate climbs and portions of high technicality. I would say only about 10-20% of the main trail system merits a north of intermediate rating. Definitely make sure your bike is in great condition before riding though. Bottom line: I highly recommend this trail.

Customer Service

For the first timer...Lakeside trail, then Tashka trail...avoid the additional loops. Give yourself plenty of time to complete the loop (recommend clockwise), there are a lot of scenic stops (bridges, hilltop views, creeks) along the way...and because it's not a beginners' course!

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5
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4
bamamike   Weekend Warrior [May 30, 2011]

I and my friends come from Birmingham to LL about three time a year for something different. Our last ride was Sunday afternoon May 29th 2011. For me LL is a slow trail because of the climbs and creek dips. I find it hard to make the miles. I would not list it as a fast trail system for those reasons. I would also list it as an advanced trail not for the faint of heart. On our ride Sunday I drank almost 80 oz. of fluids. If your not riding once or twice a week please do not attempt to ride all of this trail it will kick your butt all the way. With that said I enjoy the challange and probably will not attempt it again until the fall then it would be a great chance to camp on this beautiful lake.

Similar Products Used: Oak Mtn., Sylaward (sylacauga),
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4
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4
jdmaum1   Weekend Warrior [Jun 06, 2010]

After hearing and reading good things about this trail I hate to say that I was very disappointed with Lake Lurleen. We rode counter-clockwise and it had to be 70% up hill. I enjoy going uphill, but really enjoy my downhills and was provided very few on this trail. There was absolutely zero wow factor for me at this state park, hate to say it. Maybe we should have gone clockwise???

Customer Service

Clockwise maybe??

Similar Products Used: Oak Mtn, Swayback, Lake Howard, Trussville
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2
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4
gkmeador   Cross Country Rider [Mar 09, 2009]

The trail at Lake Lurleen is a great one. I prefer riding this trail over the ones at Sokol because it feels more "open." At Sokol there is not a lot of space for the trails so there are constant switchbacks and tight corners that really restrict your speed & flow. At this trail though you get "extended" climbs, long straights, and extended descents. The riding is not as technical at LL as some parts of Sokol, but it definitely requires a hell of a lot more stamina. It is beautiful.

Customer Service

I have only ridden clockwise so far

Similar Products Used: Munny Sokol
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5
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5
Chris   Weekend Warrior [Jul 25, 2007]

i took my dad (58) out on this trail trail and he thought he was going to die once or twice but he made it. we followed the suggested route from the trail entrance which seems make most of the trip up hill... the down hills are more un in this direction and a few small jumps could have given some good air. all in all it was a good ride. however, i think ill try it in reverse this weekend to see if i can get a few more jumps. i rode the first mile in reverse and it seems to be that its going to be the way to go for more of a down hill ride.

Customer Service

start at the end of the trail past camping area and ride trail in reverse. youll find most people seem to ride the trail in the reverse direction. less loooong climbs and better longer decents.

Similar Products Used: munny sokol and oak mountain

none of the trails in this state really compare to north shore riding so my review is based off of the technicality of other XC and local parks
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4
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4
thomp520   Weekend Warrior [May 28, 2007]

Got to ride this trail memorial day weekend for the first time. Great trail! Very well maintained and not very technical.Lots of short uphill and few downhill clockwise. Lots of sand which made for some loose switch backs and down hills, but overall pretty fast and smooth. Great view of the lake for about 30% of the trail.

Customer Service

We rode the trail clockwise had lunch and a rest, then went counter clockwise. If you like fast and more downhill, counter clockwise is definetly the way to go, however both are a great ride. I also suggest taking the additional loop..(I believe 5 oaks loop) it added about 3 miles and was great.

Similar Products Used: Oak Mountain State Park Trail
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4
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4
Mark Simpson   Racer [Feb 08, 2007]

I've been on this trail dozens of times, and it seems to get better every time I ride it. It's almost entirely singletrack with constant elevation change. There aren't any long or terribly difficult climbs but enough to give you a great workout especially if you push hard. Not very technical, perfect trail for ridged singlespeed, a 36x18 is manageable, others ride a little lighter gear. Alot like Tsali, but without the horse scat and mud holes. Great job to all the voluteers of Druid City Bike Club who built and constantly maintain the trail.

Customer Service

Both directions are great! If you start the trail at the south trail head, you finish with a short ride to the vehicle on the pavement. If you go to the north trail head, you come right out of the trail at your vehicle.

Similar Products Used: Oak Mountain
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5
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4
montymtb   Weekend Warrior [Jan 14, 2007]

Rode this trail today for the first time since the loop was completed. Must give major kudos to the folks in T Town - very good trail! No extended climbing, but plenty enough for a good workout - all middle chainring stuff. Several places remind me of Tsali, good fast rolling fun singletrack for the most part, with some good downhill action towards the end if ridden clockwise, nothing technical. Rode it for the first time back in the summer of '06 and it was very dry which made for some sandy conditions in certain areas, but when the area gets decent rain the trail is in good shape. Cannot say how well it drains as I have not ridden it soon after rain. If you are anywhere near the area it is for sure recommended.

Customer Service

Only way I have ridden it is clockwise - South trailhead is right next to the parking area at the entrance so we just go in there. You can add 3 miles by taking the Five Oak loop for a total of around 15, or skip it for a total of about 12.

Similar Products Used: Oak Mountain of course, Cheaha State Park, Trussville
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4
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3
B'ham rider   Weekend Warrior [Jan 12, 2007]

I rode this trail in December and was very impressed. This is a relatively long loop ~15 miles, essentially all single track. The trail leads back and forth up and away from the lake then back down, leading to a surprisingly demanding aerobic work-out. Although, none of the climbs are extremely prolonged. The trail is well maintained and a lot of fun.

The entire trail runs through thick woods. At the north/northeastern aspect of the loop you almost feel like you are in the Appalachains with thick vegetation and rhododendrons growing along the trail. On a Sunday afternon, I did not see another cyclsit. While I find Lake Lurleen more physically demanding than Birmingham's Oak Mountain, it probably doesn't have as much variety as Oak Mtn.

Customer Service

Start at main parking lot, left of the ticket booth and go clockwise around the lake. First srtetch along the lake is uninteresting, but ince you cross the spillway the fun begins.

Similar Products Used: Oak Mountain
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4
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4
jmajcher   Cross Country Rider [Nov 19, 2006]

This trail is a fantastic new edition to riding opportunities in the area. It is about 15 miles of rolling hills with a view of the lake most of the times. Very similar to Tsali North Carolina. The trail is intermediate and will provide a good cardio workout. The trail design follows IMBA guidlines so you can ride hard and fast. This is a great new opportunity for the folks that live in Mississippi where the state doesn't do much for the community along the lines of having trails. Great work on the trails guys!

Customer Service

Start at south entrance by the entrance gate. Take the 5 Oaks loop option. Take trail to North entrance. Ride road back to your car.

Similar Products Used: Oak Mountain.
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4
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4
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