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    Alabama Trails

    Looking for good, challenging trails in SE or East Central AL. He bikes, I hike. We are looking for a place to vacation for a few days.

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    Umm Swayback near Montgomery's good I hear. I really don't know much about SE AL I guess. Oak Mnt in birmingham's prob the best in the state, I don't know that may be a little too far N for ya?

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    A few Alabama trail descriptions listed here:

    http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trai...ls.php?state=1

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    I just rode Swayback Bridge in Wetumpka (www.trailoflegends.org) for the first time on Tuesday and it was nice. Oak Mountain in B'ham is really nice from what I hear, but I haven't been yet. And, you may want to check out Cheaha State Park. From what I understand there is only 1 bike trail, but they have plenty of hiking and lodging options.

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    Oak mtn for mtb.

    Oak is the place to ride in the area you are talking about. It is a 17 mile loop that can be rode by all. I don't know about any hiking in the area so sorry about that. The riding is very good though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanker7
    Oak is the place to ride in the area you are talking about. It is a 17 mile loop that can be rode by all. I don't know about any hiking in the area so sorry about that. The riding is very good though.

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    As great as the rideing is at Oak Mnt theres much more hiking there than even rideing.

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    Oak Mountain

    I ride and hike Oak Mtn on a regular basis and it has lots to offer. As already mentioned, there is a 17 mile bike trail and miles of hiking trails. There are some really nice views on some of the hiking trails. I have not seen a good map of the hiking trails, but I'm sure there is one out there. You can go to www.bump.com to get a copy of the mtn. bike trail.

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    Oak Mtn

    I was also interested in Oak Mtn and was excited to see the link www.bump.com , but I am unable to access the website. Is the address correct?

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    www.bump.org

    This is the correct website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jspharmd
    I was also interested in Oak Mtn and was excited to see the link www.bump.com , but I am unable to access the website. Is the address correct?
    http://www.bump.org/trails.html

    For the Hikers:

    Hike the Blue for views; yellow is more of a valley trail; the white trail is a good hiking trail too....kind of a mix of valley and ridge.

    Too bad we can't RIDE the blue trail !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    What is the length of the Swayback trail?
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    Swayback

    Swayback is about 12.5 miles if you ride it all (old and new stuff). If you do a lap in each direction it's a good 2.5 hour ride. Lotsa fun!
    The standing eight count & three knockdown rules are in effect on this trail.

    http://compvelo.com/content/

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    Hope to ride Oak Mountain on March 1st, Oak Mountain and Swayback on March 3rd. Anyone else off those days?
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    Quote Originally Posted by paddlefoot64
    Swayback on March 3rd. Anyone else off those days?
    When would you be riding? I might be able to take half day...
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    Does anyone know the status of the trails near Anniston? Years ago there was Iron Legs, Gene's Loop and others on or near land that had belonged to the now closed Army base there. I had heard that Iron Legs was off limits for a while for ordnance retrieval (yikes!), but surely its open again, right?

    Also, when I left AL in 2001, there was talk of building this pretty massive system of trails on Coldwater Mountain, also near Anniston. Anyone know if this happened?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantB
    Does anyone know the status of the trails near Anniston? Years ago there was Iron Legs, Gene's Loop and others on or near land that had belonged to the now closed Army base there. I had heard that Iron Legs was off limits for a while for ordnance retrieval (yikes!), but surely its open again, right?

    Also, when I left AL in 2001, there was talk of building this pretty massive system of trails on Coldwater Mountain, also near Anniston. Anyone know if this happened?
    Ask these guys. http://www.neabc.org/ They still have Gene's loop and Iron legs maps on the site but I don't know thier status. Seems like Iron Legs was closed due to pine beetles. Not sure about that though.
    The standing eight count & three knockdown rules are in effect on this trail.

    http://compvelo.com/content/

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    Quote Originally Posted by xray_ed
    Ask these guys. http://www.neabc.org/ They still have Gene's loop and Iron legs maps on the site but I don't know thier status. Seems like Iron Legs was closed due to pine beetles. Not sure about that though.

    Thanks! Looking at the topos of those trails really brought back some memories.

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