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Chewacla

Average Rating:    (3.36 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

Beautiful Chewacla State Park, established in 1935 as as work project of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), is home base to CAMP-SORBA (Let's use this in place of C.A.M.P. universally except for race names) With 696 acres of varied terrain, it is uniquely suited to multi-use trails that highlight the parks truly unique scenery not normally found in this area. Chewacla's association with mountain biking extends to the very early days of the sport, and was host to the 1988 NORBA Nationals, at which legends such as John Tomac and Ned Overend competed.

Chewacla State Park is the site of CAMP's main trail system. With over 15 miles of mixed single track, Chewacla offers a place to ride for beginners and advanced riders alike. With trails such as Falls View, Creek View, CCC, For Pete's Sake, Ranger Dell's Trail, and the historic NORBA trail, Chewacla is an ever-evolving landscape of challenges and excitement.

Having partnered with the Alabama State Parks, CAMP is pursuing focused development and maintenance of the trail system and it's features. Slated for development are a world-caliber BMX track, continued expansion of the skills area at Ranger Dell's Trail (featuring exciting wooden features such as the Great Wall of Chewacla and the Loch Ness Cobra), a new dirt jump track, and the addition of miles of groomed flow trail to complement the technical single track already available. Chewacla is set to become a cycling experience unlike any other in the Southeast!
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Latitude
32.558389
Longitude
-85.474319
Trail Directions
I-85 to the Auburn Univ. exit. Follow signs for Chewacala State Park. Stop at entrance, pay your fee ($2.00), get your map, park and go riding.
Trail Length
7-8?
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Auburn
State/Territory/Province
Alabama
Zip/Postal Code
36830
Country
USA
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Review Date
July 31, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Acme54321 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
New and improved trails. Last time I had ridden Chewacla was about 10 years ago on the old trails, which for being unmaintained were suprisingly decent. These new trails are on the other side of the park which was fun to explore. I rode Falls View, Creek View, and the CCC Camp Trail. They all flowed pretty well and made for a nice ride. I didn't cross the bridge to the other side of the creek due to time constraints, but from looking at the map I imaging the trails feel a little cramped like some previous posters stated.

Also as mentioned there aren't any big/fun downhills or technical sections. The one or two long downhills I rode were plagued with lots of tight switchbacks. The terrain at the park is begging for a techy all mountain type trail with some long/fast descents, hopefully something is in the works. This park could be one of the best in the state with the natural terrain, would hate to see it under utilized.

I applaud CAMP-SORBA for the work they are doing though. Working with the state and getting that much trail installed in such a short time is no easy feat!

Recommended Route:
Start at the beach parking area and follow the bike trail signs.



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Review Date
June 29, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Brian ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail has been a work in progress, but there has been a ton of work and progress made in the last 6 months. It is a technical trail, but every week sections are being improved and the trail is getting faster. It is still not going to be a downhillers dream, but it is serving the area. The local Mtn. biking organization CAMP seems to have big plans and the drive to make this a really exceptional mountain bike park and more.

If your in the area or get the opportunity to race the trail I think it would be worth the trip. BTW the park is actually Chewacla and not Chewacala.

Recommended Route:
Ride it all in either direction and you'll have a good time. The entrance to the CCC trail going clockwise always gives me fits. It is a tight off-camber turn with a tree in the inside radius.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lake Wilmore



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Review Date
June 23, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: John King ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
These Trails improve almost daily! the AORBA group has been absorbed by C.A.M.P.-SORBA (Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers). We've been working on trail maintenance and the Bridge across the Creek, which will link the improved Falls View Trail, the Creek View Trail and the CCC Loop to "For Pete's Sake" and "Mama's Milkshake" on the other side of the Creek. I Highly recommend anyone interested in Mountain Biking to come visit and see for yourself the challenging new 16 miles of ride-able trails!

Recommended Route:
From the Parking lot at the Swim area, follow the bike trail signs, up the road to the first turn off at the Falls View Trail. From there, it is a bit confusing to go across the RV Storage area to find the Creek View Trail, which leads back to the road to the CCC Camp area. There you can find the CCC Loop trail. I following the loop counter clockwise, to the Bridge site and cross the creek. Follow the trail to the right to go UP Mama's Milkshake, or to the left to hit the climb to For Pete's Sake which leads around to the top of Mama's Milkshake for a switchback descent. Return by finishing the CCC loop back across the bridge site.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
That ride I just described covers the entire new trail. There is an old NORBA trail in the back of the park that has not been maintained for a while. I hear that it is still passable and has a Great climb.



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Review Date
June 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: em6901 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Pre 2012 trail reviews are no longer valid. New 16 miles of trails are complete and getting more and more packed. The falls view, ccc, and creek view trails are awesome...scenic. The 8 miles across the creek are a little cramped and repetitive but still enjoyable. Lots of people doing lots of work out here. New 1 mile beginner trail is great for newcomers and should open the gates to new riders. Go check it out.

Recommended Route:
Falls view, then creek view, then ccc, then for Pete's sake. 16 miles total



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Review Date
March 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: MTB-AHOLIC ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The new trails built by AORBA are a step in the right direction. They are vast improvement over the old ones and offer a new setting with a feeling of the true outdoors, secluded from views of RV camps, people, cars and cottages.

The best sections run along a creek or small river which creates fantastic trail conditions in Alabama's hot climate. Moss grows over rocks and the dirt is firm in these sections giving you a nice speedy surface and a great view of the rocky creek.

Over all, the trail has decent flow but there are some sections that are very poorly designed. There is one downhill that has so many tight switchbacks that it is impossible to maintain any real speed which brings me to my next point. Most of the new trails (with the exception of some sections) are pretty slow so if you are an avid downhiller this is not the place for you.

None of the routes that I rode really maximize topography for a speedy decent because you are forced through constant unnecessary turns. The worst thing about this is it feels like you have gone nowhere. You are looped back and forth and forced to ride right next to a section you just did. Perhaps this is because they are trying to squeeze precious miles out of limited land, but I would honestly rather ride a short, well designed trail than miles rat maze. I find myself wanting to go back over to the old steep sections for some challenge and speed. There is a lack of those "woooh!" moments that are so rewarding in mountain biking, because the trail just teases you with the possibility of a downhill and then routes you safely along gentle areas where the trail hugs the contours of the topography.

It seems as though im complaining but I actually ride these trails a lot. I really appreciate any new trail thats built in my area, especially when I had no part in making it happen. AORBA has done some fantastic work here and I fear I am too critical. They have built some really nice berms and ladders that have clearly taken a lot of work. Mad Props. You should go and check it out because I think it has just enough good sections to make it worth the bad ones.

Recommended Route:
The trails near the creek are nice. Check out AORBA's facebook for a map but you could probably hit all the new ones in one ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tuskegee? haha your going to have to piece a good ride together here.



Comments
Acme54321 (07/31/2012)
Agree with the lack of good DH runs worked into the trails. With all of the rocks out there some good techy rock gardens and boulder sections would be nice as options at least.
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