trail of tears - TRAIL

trail of tears - Trail, phenix city, Alabama

all conditions very techincal, short steep hills. great downhills and some real huffing climbs. a real thrill ride

User Reviews (15)

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TheAngryMonkey   Weekend Warrior [Nov 26, 2011]

This trail sucks now. I last rode it 4 years ago and was excited to finally ride it again only to be very disappointed. It looks like it has not been ridden or maintained in at least 3 years or more. I could barely tell if I was on a game trail or the bike trail because it was covered in leaves and not marked at all. The only evidence of activity I saw were deer and dog tracks as well as the occasional set of atv tracks as well. With a lot of work, this might be a fun trail to ride again but for now I would recommend going somewhere else.

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tkirsch   Cross Country Rider [May 21, 2008]

Trail is in good condition. Short Steep drops with plenty of switchbacks and man made bridges/obstacles. Trail is great change of pace from XC riding.

Added bonus: hospital located across the street.

Customer Service

Follow someone who has ridden trail. I have ridden about 12 times by my lonesome and did a lot of wondering around. Start at gate (as described previously) and head right. Do loop and follow river north.

Similar Products Used: Ghost Town Trail in Salem is ideal
Flat Rock Park
West Point Dam Trail
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5
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4
vincentvega77   Cross Country Rider [Jan 18, 2007]

Directions to Trail of Tears Hwy 280 from Birmingam take US-80 towards Columbus Take the Summerville Road Exit Take immediate LEFT onto Stadium Dr Travel down Stadium Dr in Phenix City,AL Parrallel to football stadium there will be a lake on the Rt and ball fields on the Lt. You will come to a stop sign go through it and follow till the pavement ends. Part at the Fence and the Trail starts on the Rt. Follow the trail it will cross the road and then it gets crazy!

You can also ride throught the gate and their will be trail entrances on the left. Most of the Trail is marked with yellow paint or markers. Very technical. (directions from a mechanic at Ride on Bikes)

I was doing some Applications training at the New Hospital in Phenix City "Summit Med Center" which is Super Close to the trail head. I finished early and decided to do a little recon mission. I entered the trail head directly to the Right of the Gate. I followed the trail around for a while. As others have said the views of the River are very nice. One down side though is the amount of Litter and trash that is scattered about. Some parts of the initial trail resemble a landfill. Once you cross over the road and follow the trail along the river away from the Dam the trails get much better. Most of the trail I would consider All Mountain riding with very abrupt and steep decents/ascents with a liberal helping of switch backs thrown in. As you ride the trail you will see some pretty scary looking Ramps and Drops. One that immediately comes to mind ramped off a boulder and dropped at least 15-20ft. I did a fair amount of walking with the bike due to the fact that I'm still getting used to my new Time Atac pedals. All in all this trail offers a fantastic departure from the standard vanilla XC singletrack. I highly recommend checking out this trail if you're into AM of FR.

There are tons of trails. I'm sure having a guide would make the the trail even better. Unfortunately being from out of town makes that difficult. I did call Ride on Bikes before venturing out. I spoke with one of the Mechanics and he was very friendly. He gave me directions to the trail head with a warning about the terrain.
So go check it out.

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3
bullitt   Cross Country Rider [Dec 14, 2005]

I have just read the reviews on the Phenix City trail known as "Trail of Tears" and I agree that the trail is awesome. I would have to though because I helped build it and help maintain it. I noticed that a lot of credit was given to the Mike's Bikes crew for directions and the trail itself. I would like to point out the fact that the crew at Mike's Bikes had nothing to do with building the trail or maintaining it. I'm sure that this is just an assumption made by some people because I don't think the guys there would make any un-true claims. I think that they have done a good job in promoting the trail and i thank them for that. I feel that the credit should go to the proper people and I don't mean myself. The work that I do on the trail is nothing compared to several other guys that regularly do trail work. So, in my opinion, if you want to say thanks to some just say "thanks Phenix City guys" and the right people will know. There is another shop in Columbus, not to try to take anything away from the Mike's crew, that can help you. Ride-On Bikes (706)324-1132 is not far from the trail and most of the guys at this shop are mountain bikers. If your are looking for some Free Ride stuff the guys at Ride-On can give you directions to a great local place known as "Buddy's Place".

Customer Service

The trail is laid-out to ride in certain directions so that the loops can be proprerly connected for the best trail flow. I recommend that you try to contact a local rider for a guided ride your first time. Directions to the trail are best obtained from the local shops.

Similar Products Used: Flat Rock Park trail has just opened and it is a cross country course that was designed for all levels of riders. This trail came about being with the help of the Mike's Bikes crew, a.k.a. the Columbus Cycling Club, that did a great job in land procurement and with the help of a couple of local riders did the trail lay-out and construction. "Buddy's Place" is a free-ride area with a lot of stunts and it has about 7 miles of trail.
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4
Patrick Whack   Weekend Warrior [Dec 07, 2005]

I'll have to agree with the gentleman who reviewed before me. This trail is the BISDANG!!! Yes I am a local so I may seem bias but you just cant beat the scenery. The trail was quite tough and exhausting the first time I went and still continues to be. A local bike club known as Columbus Cycling Club takes pretty good care of the trail through volunteers. There have been trails added and changed lately so I believe the mileage might be more than listed. Anyway, the trail in wintertime is amazing. Riding along the Chattahoochee the woods are bare, the spanish moss is hanging, the temps just right and the views of the river are peaceful. There is a small cave along the trail, Lake Oliver Dam, the bridge between Ga and Ala, killer downhills and some CRAZY jumps. I ride a hardtail but I defenitely recommend this trail to all you crazies with the full on jump bikes. Some group has designed some pretty leg breaking jumps. Still the trail is very rideable and fun. Bring a camera.

Customer Service

Many routes. Just use the river as your guide.

Similar Products Used: Flat Rock. Fast and fun.
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5
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4
Downhill Bomber   Weekend Warrior [Oct 13, 2005]

This trail is the BISDANG!!!! It is very technical trail with the dips and obsticals. the jumps and drops and log rides need some work but they are a couple of years old.

Customer Service

none.

Similar Products Used: Ellersly has some bigger stuff and it as not as old.
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5
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4
IJR   Weekend Warrior [Mar 04, 2005]

Nice riding area, compared to the trails I normally ride it wasn't as technical as the other reviews lead me to believe. This area has huge potential if it doesn't get developed, the topography is very similar to hick park in NC. The little freride area was fun, a couple of nice skinnies, one with a small drop on the end. The big roll down was fun, if it was further back up the hill it would be an easy drop. A couple of the bridges were in bad shape, falling and leaning but that just made them that much more challenging. I suggest riding around the mud holes, I went through a couple the first one was hub deep and apparently the second had no bottom. I had to take my bike to the creek to wash it off to continue riding.

Customer Service

Trails go everywhere on the other side of hwy 80. It would be hard to get lost, you've got borders on three sides of the riding area. I'm sure the locals have a sequence they ride the different trails in I just rode around until I couldn't find any more trails.

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4
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4
Chris Snyder   Weekend Warrior [Jan 12, 2004]

My wife and I had been wanting to ride this trail for a while and finally got over to Phenix City for the ride. It took us a while to find the trail head. Here are directions to the trail from the Alabama side of the river. Take US 80 from US 280 towards Columbus. Take the first exit which is Summerville Rd. Turn right and then immediately left into Idle Hour Park. Drive straight past the Tennis center on your left to the last parking lot for the ball fields. Park here. You will see road construction and a powerline. Head accross the new road being built and accross the powerline. There is a road that heads down towards the river which is partially paved. Towards the bottom you will see the singletrack marked with pink blazes on your left. This trail is a fantastic place to test your technical skill. That doesn't mean that it is too hard for the intermediate rider. You can pick and choose what obsticles you ride. Very fun and a super ride. Most of the trail is on the other side of US 80 which you go under.

Customer Service

We had fun by ourselves but really had fun when we met all the builders of the trails. Great riders and super nice guides. If you ride by yourselves follow the blazes. There are different coloers out there. A super suprise!

Similar Products Used: Bartram, Camp Thunder in GA, Swayback
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5
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3
kevin adams   [Apr 18, 2000]

I rode the trail a few weeks ago when I went home. What started out as a gentle 4 mile loop that Matt and I cut about 5 years ago is now about 9 miles of very challenging single track. the hills are tough. The downhills albeit short are thrilling. 90% of the trail is shaded, so summer rides don't kill you. There are many obstacles to cross on the trail and even an old cave for your viewing pleasure. I would say this is one of the most challenging trails in the southeast.

Customer Service

You would owe it to yourself to call my friends for a guided tour. MIKE'S BIKES (706) 569-1875. Not that the trail is illegal. You would really be better off if one of these guys show it to you.

Similar Products Used: gotta travel - 45 min. to bartram trail in tuskeegee al.
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Canis Lupus   [May 22, 2000]

This is not a road bike ride. Be prepared to go home with a few scratches and covered with red clay.

Customer Service

A great ride. In my opinion, you are better off going in the cooler months. The snakes are not as active and it gets mighty hot here in the spring/summer.

Similar Products Used: Be sure to visit what our group calls "The Puke Site", i.e. the hill I lost my lunch to on President's Day 2000.
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