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Oak Mountain State Park

Average Rating:    (4.47 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 74

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
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.



Comments
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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Review Date
February 2, 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: Carl Erickson ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
An enlongated loop around a mountain ridge. A mix of nice single track and some fast fire roads. This is the first time riding this trail; it was reccommended and I rode it as I was traveling through the area. Definitely bring your 2.1 or larger tires. I got two pinch flats with my 1.95s on the fast single track downhill sections. I even had 45+ pounds of pressure in my tires.

One negative is that bicyclist are only allowed on the red trail. This place would be even better if shortened loops could be made out of the numerous trails and area.

Recommended Route:
Either direction is good, though I preferred the CW direction because one can warm-up with the steady fire road climb and flatten out on the fire road and then bomb the single track. Props to the B.U.M.P group for nicely designed trails. They are fun and drain well. It had rained here 2 days ago and hardly any standing water. Also, thanks to David on the single speed for the ride back to the trail head after the second pinch flat.



Comments
corb (04/06/2008)
This should be of interest.

http://www.bump.org/news/?nid=50
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