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Lake Lurleen multi user trail

Average Rating:    (4.08 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

Overview of Trail System: The Lake Lurleen State Park in Tuscaloosa, Alabama has recently completed Phase I of a major extension to its multi-use trail system. With the completion of Phase I the trail system’s total mileage is approximately 10.5 miles. For now this is an IN and OUT trail which must be taken into account by trail users. After the completion of Phase II the trail will connect with the north end of the Park and will be a 20 mile plus loop trail system.Park officials expect Phase II to be completed in by the Fall of 2006. The trail system is comprised of three connected trails (Lakeside Trail, Tashka Trail, and Five Oaks Loop) and is open to hiking, mountain biking, and running. MOTORIZED VEHICLES and EQUESTRIANS are NOT allowed on this trail system. The trail starts behind Pavilion #1; this is the pavilion on the left side of the Park entrance. Amble parking is available at this trailhead. The Park entry fee is $2 on weekdays, $3 on weekends. The entire trail is rated Intermediate in accordance with guidelines established by IMBA, the International Mountain Biking Association Use caution when on the trail, come prepared, and respect other trail users and the creatures of the forest.
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Latitude
33.28863790820217
Longitude
-87.67982482910156
Trail Directions
Lake Lurleen State Park which is located approximately 15 minutes from downtown
Trail Length
20 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Northport
State/Territory/Province
Alabama
Zip/Postal Code
35473
Country
Tuscaloosa
Web Address
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Review Date
December 18, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Sharky ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First time rider at LL and I really enjoyed it. The overview of the system is listed incorrectly...the full system is now nearly 20 miles long. I started from the South Trailhead and rode the Lakeside Trail (BLUE) then Tashka Trail (RED) clockwise around the Lake. There are 5 other "loops" that veer off from the Tashka Trail at regular intervals around the lake. I did not ride the additional loops on this trip...mostly because Tashka was a lot more challenging than I expected! I'd consider myself an Intermediate rider and found myself either challenged with moderate grade climbs with some very technical portions or fast downhills with more switchbacks than I could count. That said, I would still highly recommend the trail for individuals looking for a challenge. The varying terrain, views and very well maintained and marked trail more than makes up for the moderate climbs and portions of high technicality. I would say only about 10-20% of the main trail system merits a north of intermediate rating. Definitely make sure your bike is in great condition before riding though. Bottom line: I highly recommend this trail.

Recommended Route:
For the first timer...Lakeside trail, then Tashka trail...avoid the additional loops. Give yourself plenty of time to complete the loop (recommend clockwise), there are a lot of scenic stops (bridges, hilltop views, creeks) along the way...and because it's not a beginners' course!



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Review Date
May 30, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: bamamike ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I and my friends come from Birmingham to LL about three time a year for something different. Our last ride was Sunday afternoon May 29th 2011. For me LL is a slow trail because of the climbs and creek dips. I find it hard to make the miles. I would not list it as a fast trail system for those reasons. I would also list it as an advanced trail not for the faint of heart. On our ride Sunday I drank almost 80 oz. of fluids. If your not riding once or twice a week please do not attempt to ride all of this trail it will kick your butt all the way. With that said I enjoy the challange and probably will not attempt it again until the fall then it would be a great chance to camp on this beautiful lake.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak Mtn., Sylaward (sylacauga),



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Review Date
June 6, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jdmaum1 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
After hearing and reading good things about this trail I hate to say that I was very disappointed with Lake Lurleen. We rode counter-clockwise and it had to be 70% up hill. I enjoy going uphill, but really enjoy my downhills and was provided very few on this trail. There was absolutely zero wow factor for me at this state park, hate to say it. Maybe we should have gone clockwise???

Recommended Route:
Clockwise maybe??

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak Mtn, Swayback, Lake Howard, Trussville



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Review Date
March 9, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: gkmeador ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trail at Lake Lurleen is a great one. I prefer riding this trail over the ones at Sokol because it feels more "open." At Sokol there is not a lot of space for the trails so there are constant switchbacks and tight corners that really restrict your speed & flow. At this trail though you get "extended" climbs, long straights, and extended descents. The riding is not as technical at LL as some parts of Sokol, but it definitely requires a hell of a lot more stamina. It is beautiful.

Recommended Route:
I have only ridden clockwise so far

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Munny Sokol



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Review Date
May 28, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: thomp520 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Got to ride this trail memorial day weekend for the first time. Great trail! Very well maintained and not very technical.Lots of short uphill and few downhill clockwise. Lots of sand which made for some loose switch backs and down hills, but overall pretty fast and smooth. Great view of the lake for about 30% of the trail.

Recommended Route:
We rode the trail clockwise had lunch and a rest, then went counter clockwise. If you like fast and more downhill, counter clockwise is definetly the way to go, however both are a great ride. I also suggest taking the additional loop..(I believe 5 oaks loop) it added about 3 miles and was great.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak Mountain State Park Trail



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