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Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area

Average Rating:    (2.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

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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Latitude
33.2548294325075
Longitude
-86.8832516670227
Trail Directions
Take I-65 approximately 15 miles south of Birmingham to the Valleydale Road Exit (Exit 247, Rt. 17) Go west on Rt. 17. Go straight across Rt. 31 (approximately 1.3 miles after the highway exit) onto Rt. 261 South. Go approximately 4.6 miles, pass through the town of Helena, and continue on Rt. 261 South for another approximately 1.3 miles At the first light after Helena (Conico and Revco on the corners), continue straight onto Rt. 91 South. Go approximately 2.8 miles to where the pavement ends. The Wildlife Management Area begins with the gravel road. Everyone on the Wildlife Management Area must have a curent, signed permit with them at all times. This permit contains a site map and lists all rules and regulations for the area. The permit also lists all hunting seasons and times, so it is a good reference tool to know when to ride and when not to. Permits are free, and can be picked up at the WeeMart on Rt. 52, approximately 5 miles from the Rt. 91 / Rt. 17 / Rt. 52 intersection in Helena. To get to the WeeMart from Rt. 91, take Rt. 52 east towards Hoover. You will cross the Cahaba River, pass Rt. 13 on your left, and the WeeMart is approxiamately 3 miles further on the left. If you get to South Shades Crest Road (at the light) you've gone too far.
Trail Length
30+ miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Helena
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 19, 2005

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: BhamBetty ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
OAK MOUNTAIN.



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Review Date
December 18, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Steve , from Helena, AL

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak Mountain



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Review Date
August 12, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rob feature , from decatur, al

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
none



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Review Date
May 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: hawkman , from helena AL

Summary:
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

Recommended Route:
See the description provided

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak Mountain is the best



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Review Date
November 6, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Commando4 , from Birmingham, AL

Summary:
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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak Mountain State Park is the best trail in the area



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