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Hurricane Creek Park

Average Rating:    (4.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

My name is John McCrary I am manager of Hurricane Creek Park, this the same park that some else posted about but got the name incorrect, he called it Hurricane Ridge Park.
I appreciate his initial post, but we have come a long way since then.
I have added close to 3 miles of trail and many new wooden features,I have plans to continue with expanding into Alabama,s only Free Ride Park.
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Latitude
34.307764216345085
Longitude
-86.899334192276
Trail Length
8
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Cullman
State/Territory/Province
AL
Country
US
Web Address
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Undercut ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Do you like to Downhill and Freeride? Then get off your computer and head our way! The Cullman Freeriders have been working constantly with john to improve trail/adrenaline conditions. I am one of a few local riders that help park manager John McCrary to build these drops, doubles, wooden obstacles, and berms. There is a 5-10 foot drop (depending on your speed)a 12-15 foot drop in the making, huge dirt berms in allmost every turn of the Race Course, dirt doubles, and the sickest of the sick downhill stretch known as "The Gauntlet" If you ride here, better bring a full face, knee/shin gaurds, and possibly a pressure suit. There have been serious injuries here (including myself), but when you go big, you go down hard right? Don't wanna drive to Moab, SnowShoe WV, Windrock TN, or Vermont? Then come here, catch some air, and tell us what you think!

Recommended Route:
Technical right out of the gate on the entrance trail (if you can ride the first 300' without putting your foot down, you'll be fine), then cross the concrete road to the small uphill stretch that leads to the Start/Finish Line of the Race Course. You will find a wooden spiral in the trees, 1' wide skinny boards, wooden doubles, and other features there. Then go counter clockwise on the Race Course, staring on the top higher elevation side of the wooden obstacles. Ride the Course a few times then go clockwise on the Race course to the Drops, dirt doubles, and eventuall the "Gauntlet". At the end of the gauntlet, go right along the creek, then back out of the canyon on the CC road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
We have done em' all. Alabama consists of mainly xc trails, so we don't ride them. We are spoiled downhillers who ride out here all the time.



Comments
ROCKJOCK88 (04/10/2008)
Hey man , thanks for the good review.
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Review Date
March 23, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: uabmedic ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I just had my first visit to Hurricane Creek Park, and I must say, WOW!!! This place is great! Ireally enjoyed the race look with the most fun wooden berm and 12 ft. high "corkscrew". The downhill trail, "the gauntlet" is the steepest, most technical trail I have ever rode! A must ride for downhill lovers. Overall a great experiance with lots of attractions and friendly staff.

Recommended Route:
Race route

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak ountain, Trussville.



Comments
robertbeckman (03/27/2008)
Thanks for the review. Hope you and your friends come back!
ROCKJOCK88 (04/10/2008)
Thanks.

John
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Review Date
March 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: mpvanger ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I visited Hurricane Creek last weekend for the first time in over a year and I was super stoked and impressed to see all of the building and improvements that John has made. The new manmade freeride obstacles are unmatched by anything I've ridden in the Southeast, and more are planned for the near future. The newest feature, the 12-15 foot tall corkscrew (check the website for pictures), is wide enough for moderately skilled beginners to ride without being in great peril, but branches into a cool skinny, and will soon have trannies built for big drops off of the top. The smaller manmade ladder bridge drop on the trail is dialed; perfect run-in to a sweet, wide landing in well groomed soft dirt. (then keep up your speed around the berm and hit the hip jump to air it out a bit).
On the mountain bike race course, there are a few natural and manmade jumps and several bermed corners that are a blast to ride. The berms aren't huge, but they're well placed and built solid.
Conditions last weekend were a little wet, as it had rained the day before, but ideal, as the sandy soils get a little loose when it really dries up. The only part of the trail that suffers from the rain is the uber-steep downhill section leading into the gauntlet. There is a section of the DH that crosses a small stream that feeds into Hurricane Creek. When it rains, this section gets pretty wet, resulting in a super steep, slick, rocky ride. I got tossed twice in about 30ft before walking the next 100ft down to the wooden gauntlet. I can't wait to get out there again and tackle it when it's dry. The DH is steep and tech, not at all a wide-open speed record run. The connector trail that leads to the DH, however, is much faster and has one of the most fun series of swooping roller coaster turns in the park. Talk to John or someone at the welcome center to find out where this is. It's purposefully omitted from the map to keep hikers from taking the trail and ending up running into downhillers.
I didn't get a chance to ride the South Ridge loop, but I'm going back ASAP.
To wrap it up, Hurricane Creek is an awesome place to ride and enjoy being outdoors. It's a very family friendly park, and a great place to get into freeride biking. Great trails to play on the stunts and hike-a-bike with the big bike, or get lots of rolling climbs and descents with the XC bike.

Recommended Route:
Very difficult to get lost. The MTB race course with the big features is my favourite, and is very well marked. It is a directional CCW loop. Get a map in the welcome center and ask where to turn off to get to the gauntlet. Everything downhill feeds into the creekside trail to head back to the picnic area, and climb out of the ravine.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The only other freeride stuff in the Southeast I've ridden is Windrock in TN, and Santos in Ocala, FL. Hurricane Creek is far more beginner friendly than Windrock (where you are NOT hardcore enough unless you're in full Dainese body armour riding a 9" fully), and Santos is a heck of a drive.



Comments
ROCKJOCK88 (04/10/2008)
I really appreciate the great review! John.
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Review Date
February 25, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: loydal ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
If you haven't been in 2008 you better check it out. John and all the locals have been working hard. You have the "race track" up top, which leads over to a connector trail that heads to the "gauntlet". The race track is a flowing berm filled blast with a few scattered jumps. The gauntlet is a technical downhill that rocks your socks. There is also a good 4 mile single track loop across the draw up on the opposite hill. To get to it you have to push up a technical up/downhill, but you get to ride back down it so it is all good(best view in the park on this hill). Also there are some flat easy out and back dead ends that follow two different creeks at the bottom.

Recommended Route:
I like the Race Track the best....followed by the Gauntlet if you like some sweet downhill. If you have enough time its good to hit up the 4 mile loop on the south ridge, it is the oldest and most packed trail in the park.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sportsmans Lake Park if you are less experienced....but not as much fun.
Bankhead National Forest....ride the pinetorch loop during the weekdays to avoid horses.



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ROCKJOCK88 (04/10/2008)
Thanks dude.
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Review Date
December 24, 2007

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: robertbeckman ,  Downhiller

Summary:
The trails are short but sweet! Many cool obstacles, with one of the sickest downhill rides in the SE, (The Gauntlet). John has worked hard making this place fun for all kind of riders. But if your the kind of rider looking to test your downhill/freeride skills, come here. We are currently working on a 10 foot drop, with a downhill landing and many jumps & burms. The place has a ton of gradient, so get ready for a workout!

Recommended Route:
The race course, next head to the gauntlet. Then if your lucky and have cell service, you can call john for a truck ride out of the canyon!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
He has many trails, some have had more work than others. After you ride the gauntlet, you can head over to the loop on the oppisite side of the creek.



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ROCKJOCK88 (04/10/2008)
Thank you.
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