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Oak Mountain State Park

Average Rating:    (4.45 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 75

The 16 mile loop includes singletrack, great fire road downhill, nice scenery. Maintained by Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP).
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Latitude
33.325077905526115
Longitude
-86.75894737243652
Trail Directions
Trails intersect park roads at several points. Get directions or check map at park entrance.
Trail Length
16 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Birmingham
State/Territory/Province
Alabama
Zip/Postal Code
35124
Country
USA
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Review Date
September 1, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: CLB ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Epic loop (red trail) around the park consists of several different trail segments of various skill levels and terrain. Trails can vary from smooth and narrow singletrack winding through pine and hardwood forest (Rattlesnake Ridge, Johnson's Mountain, Garret Gulch) to steep, rocky descents with some of the most jagged rocks you will see on any trail (Boulder Ridge, West Ridge, Jekyll and Hyde, Blood Rock). You can make the loop consist of intermediate to green XC or take difficult options as you go around. Take a weekend to explore and warm up, soon you'll be acquainted and start letting it rip as trails become more familiar. Trails like Boulder Ridge, Jekyll and Hyde, and West Ridge have potential to break bones and bikes. Be prepared to ride gnarly stuff and get in tight situations.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise around park from North Trailhead: Take red road (great warm up climb) up to Boulder Ridge, jump onto West Ridge and then take the BUMP connector to Jekyll and Hyde. Cross Peavine Rd and take Foreplay to Johnson's Mountain. After J. M. take Peavine Rd north until you reach Mr Toad's. After Toad's take Lake Trail to Seven Bridges, to Group Camp Rd. to Garret Gulch, to Chimneys to Cat Dog Snake. End at North Trailhead. Rattlesnake Ridge (off of lake trail) is OK but I wouldn't go out of my way for it next time.



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Review Date
March 31, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: khomes7 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Went this week and loved this trail system. Only rode 12 miles due to time but what a blast. The lightning trail is to die for. I had a huge rush from it. This trail system is a little rooty but my trance ate them up. please check it out!



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Review Date
July 27, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: 00sable ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The BUMP organization just finished another section of multi use trail that goes around the back of the lake and is just beautiful. It takes out all the paved road sections to get to the trailhead. The mileage is somewhere around 20 or more now I was told.



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Fixed1 (08/13/2010)
In Al in December, I love this trail, cant wait to ride the new stuff
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Review Date
January 20, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: DeShazo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
What a great trail. It has a little bit of everything along the way. If you start at the South Trailhead going clockwise it is about a 1/4 mile on asphalt until you bear right onto the single track head down Seven Bridges section for several miles of nice flowing single track. Plenty of roots and rocks to make it fun if you like that sort of thing. Then onto Camp Road which is a dirt road for about 1.5 miles then left back onto single track in Garretts Gulch. This is uphill for a bit then a long fast, fun decent for about a quater mile or so. Then you enter the Rock Garden where the Gnomes live. This is a moderate section of baby head type rocks for a 1/2 mile or so. At this point you enter the section called the Chimney's. This is still single track with some old cabins that used to be long ago with ony the chimneys remaining. It takes you through tight turns where roots grab your tires and trees grab your handle bars. From there you hang a right onto the Red Road section. This section is for all of you who like to test you uphill endurance. It is about 2 miles of serious uphill as you travel on the fire road to the top. Once there you head down to the BUMP Trail section, where you will find the most technical part of the whole trail, appropriately named Blood Rock. Most are content to walk there bikes down this section of large rocks and tight turn towards the bottom of the section. The Blood Rock section is only about 40 yards or so but not for the faint at heart. Once beyond it you can fly. The run is about 1.5 miles of downhill. Rocks will shred your tires if not negotiated on a good line in this section. This again is somewhat technical on the descent. Once at the bottom you cross onto a covered bridge at the bottom of Johnsons Mountain. This is roughly 2 miles of climbs and descents until you get to Foreplay. This section is about 1/2 mile of nice flowing single track onto Mr Toads section which is another mile of free flowing single track back to the South Trailhead for the end of the loop. It is about 16.3 miles total.

Recommended Route:
I prefer clockwise on the loop because of going down Blood Rock and beyond. Some who realy like to fly can go counter clockwise and get some unbelievable air going down the Red Road section. You cross 7 man made creek crossing the essentially make a ramp coming out, especially when you are bombing at 25mph or better.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Trussville Sports Complex has a nice trail maintained by BUMP.



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Review Date
June 9, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: 1X1AA ,  Racer

Summary:
The trails at this park are awesome! Thanks to BUMP, the Birmningham Urban Mountain Pedalers, the 14th Annual Bump 'n Grind Race was a BLAST! You know how to get it done!



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