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The Bartram Trail

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 21

More than 200 years ago while the American colonies were fighting for independence, William Bartram, made an epic journey through the Southeast. Born in Philadelphia, Bartram became the first native-born American naturalist/artist. Bartram traveled throughout the South collecting plant specimens and studying Native American culture in the 1770's. Located within Tuskegee National Forest, The Bartram Trail offers some of the best single track in East-Central Alabama. Trail usage is fairly heavy for this part of the state with over 500 riders per week, during peak riding seasons.
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Latitude
32.478342890235496
Longitude
-85.61860084533691
Trail Directions
From Auburn:
Trail Length
about 12 miles out and back no loop
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lochapoka
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Review Date
July 11, 2011

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: WeRtH229 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Hit it up yesterday and was very disappointed. There were trees down 200 yards from the ranger station, then there were 5 more down after that so I just quit a mile and a half into it and hit up Pleasant Hill Trail across the road. It could be a nice trail though, and something different which the Auburn area needs. I started from the Ranger Station side, I don't know what the Little Texas Volunteer Fire Station side looks like but I wouldn't waste my time if you have never ridden.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pleasant Hill Trail



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Review Date
October 23, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rcmaster1029 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trail is extremely torn up, there are roots everywhere that are washed out. I started out on the end where Pleasant Hill is and going out was boring and tiresome, the way back was a bit better, but still not great. There is too much pine straw and sand on the trail making it a little too hairy at times. One of my least favorite trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pleasant Hill, Chewacala



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Review Date
December 29, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: grant4406@yahoo.com ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode this trail for the first time this morning. This Trail is right off south college in Auburn, Across from the little texas volunteer fire department. This is wear the actual trail head is. It ends at the ranger station in the Tuskeege National forest so you can start at either end but I recommend starting on the South College end. This is a fun challenging trial. However it is not very well kept up. I had to get off of my bike 3 times because of huge trees down across the trail, and there are a few sandy sections(but to me that just makes it more interesting). I have read a lot of people complaining about roots but really it is not that bad I mean come on guys we are mountain bikers riding though the woods what to you expect if you want smooth stick to the road. It is rooty, but it is no worse than any other trail that I have ridden. It has got a few bridges that jump out at you from no where( and they can be a little slick after a rain or heavy dew. It also has some big jumps right at the beginning(if you start on south college that are a lot of fun but look like they could use some work. Over all I really enjoyed the trail and when you get to the end of it you can cross of HWY 80 and keep riding on the Pleasant Hill trail if you are trying to get some distance.

Recommended Route:
It is just an out and back but I recommend going all the way to the end of Pleasant Hill too which makes for one long out and back that is close to 20 miles and is about a 2 to 2 1/2 hour trip

Other recommended trails in the same area:
check out flat rock in columbus



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Review Date
December 10, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: 646-ATL ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I haven't ridden here since I graduated from Auburn ('04,) but I cut my trail riding teeth in this forest and the only complaints I ever had were the slick bridges after a good rain or even early in the morning after a good dew. A few sand spots don't seem worth complaining about and I never remember roots being bad enough to warrant talking about them. Sometimes the thick layer of pine straw could cause a little wheel spin on some of the uphills, but overall its an easy ride and when you consider round-trip could offer approx 16 miles its a jewel for the area.

Recommended Route:
any part of the trail itself or you can always ride the dirt roads for some easy cruising

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chewacla is more convenient, but offers many more roots (esp on the hills; lots of bike carrying)and nothing very interesting



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Review Date
September 9, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mercury+Fly ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I agree this is a fun trail, but it could be a lot better. When I rode it, there was a lot of overgrown vegetation, especially in the first couple of miles. The roots made for some fun drops and steps depending on which way you were going, but watch out for fallen trees when you're coming back and don't see them until you're in the air and landing right before them. At the Bartram trail sign at the east end of the trail if you go out the other side of the parking lot there is a series of several gap jumps that are fairly big. Doesn't look like that trail connects to anything at the bottom though.

Recommended Route:
Paper at the ranger station says the trail to the west of the ranger station is hiking only. I went 4 miles out and 4 miles back on the half of the trail going east from the ranger station.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Swayback bridge trail



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