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trail of tears

Average Rating:    (4.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

all conditions very techincal, short steep hills. great downhills and some real huffing climbs. a real thrill ride
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Latitude
32.50125656495561
Longitude
-85.00619888305664
Trail Directions
go to phenix city call MIKE'S BIKES (706) 569-1875 the trail is kinda incognito and you're much better off with a guide
Trail Length
7 +miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
phenix city
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Review Date
November 26, 2011

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: TheAngryMonkey ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail sucks now. I last rode it 4 years ago and was excited to finally ride it again only to be very disappointed. It looks like it has not been ridden or maintained in at least 3 years or more. I could barely tell if I was on a game trail or the bike trail because it was covered in leaves and not marked at all. The only evidence of activity I saw were deer and dog tracks as well as the occasional set of atv tracks as well. With a lot of work, this might be a fun trail to ride again but for now I would recommend going somewhere else.



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Review Date
May 21, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: tkirsch ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail is in good condition. Short Steep drops with plenty of switchbacks and man made bridges/obstacles. Trail is great change of pace from XC riding.

Added bonus: hospital located across the street.

Recommended Route:
Follow someone who has ridden trail. I have ridden about 12 times by my lonesome and did a lot of wondering around. Start at gate (as described previously) and head right. Do loop and follow river north.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ghost Town Trail in Salem is ideal
Flat Rock Park
West Point Dam Trail



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Review Date
January 18, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: vincentvega77 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Directions to Trail of Tears Hwy 280 from Birmingam take US-80 towards Columbus Take the Summerville Road Exit Take immediate LEFT onto Stadium Dr Travel down Stadium Dr in Phenix City,AL Parrallel to football stadium there will be a lake on the Rt and ball fields on the Lt. You will come to a stop sign go through it and follow till the pavement ends. Part at the Fence and the Trail starts on the Rt. Follow the trail it will cross the road and then it gets crazy!

You can also ride throught the gate and their will be trail entrances on the left. Most of the Trail is marked with yellow paint or markers. Very technical. (directions from a mechanic at Ride on Bikes)

I was doing some Applications training at the New Hospital in Phenix City "Summit Med Center" which is Super Close to the trail head. I finished early and decided to do a little recon mission. I entered the trail head directly to the Right of the Gate. I followed the trail around for a while. As others have said the views of the River are very nice. One down side though is the amount of Litter and trash that is scattered about. Some parts of the initial trail resemble a landfill. Once you cross over the road and follow the trail along the river away from the Dam the trails get much better. Most of the trail I would consider All Mountain riding with very abrupt and steep decents/ascents with a liberal helping of switch backs thrown in. As you ride the trail you will see some pretty scary looking Ramps and Drops. One that immediately comes to mind ramped off a boulder and dropped at least 15-20ft. I did a fair amount of walking with the bike due to the fact that I'm still getting used to my new Time Atac pedals. All in all this trail offers a fantastic departure from the standard vanilla XC singletrack. I highly recommend checking out this trail if you're into AM of FR.

There are tons of trails. I'm sure having a guide would make the the trail even better. Unfortunately being from out of town makes that difficult. I did call Ride on Bikes before venturing out. I spoke with one of the Mechanics and he was very friendly. He gave me directions to the trail head with a warning about the terrain.
So go check it out.



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Review Date
December 14, 2005

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: bullitt ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have just read the reviews on the Phenix City trail known as "Trail of Tears" and I agree that the trail is awesome. I would have to though because I helped build it and help maintain it. I noticed that a lot of credit was given to the Mike's Bikes crew for directions and the trail itself. I would like to point out the fact that the crew at Mike's Bikes had nothing to do with building the trail or maintaining it. I'm sure that this is just an assumption made by some people because I don't think the guys there would make any un-true claims. I think that they have done a good job in promoting the trail and i thank them for that. I feel that the credit should go to the proper people and I don't mean myself. The work that I do on the trail is nothing compared to several other guys that regularly do trail work. So, in my opinion, if you want to say thanks to some just say "thanks Phenix City guys" and the right people will know. There is another shop in Columbus, not to try to take anything away from the Mike's crew, that can help you. Ride-On Bikes (706)324-1132 is not far from the trail and most of the guys at this shop are mountain bikers. If your are looking for some Free Ride stuff the guys at Ride-On can give you directions to a great local place known as "Buddy's Place".

Recommended Route:
The trail is laid-out to ride in certain directions so that the loops can be proprerly connected for the best trail flow. I recommend that you try to contact a local rider for a guided ride your first time. Directions to the trail are best obtained from the local shops.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Flat Rock Park trail has just opened and it is a cross country course that was designed for all levels of riders. This trail came about being with the help of the Mike's Bikes crew, a.k.a. the Columbus Cycling Club, that did a great job in land procurement and with the help of a couple of local riders did the trail lay-out and construction.
"Buddy's Place" is a free-ride area with a lot of stunts and it has about 7 miles of trail.



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Review Date
December 7, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Patrick Whack ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'll have to agree with the gentleman who reviewed before me. This trail is the BISDANG!!! Yes I am a local so I may seem bias but you just cant beat the scenery. The trail was quite tough and exhausting the first time I went and still continues to be. A local bike club known as Columbus Cycling Club takes pretty good care of the trail through volunteers. There have been trails added and changed lately so I believe the mileage might be more than listed. Anyway, the trail in wintertime is amazing. Riding along the Chattahoochee the woods are bare, the spanish moss is hanging, the temps just right and the views of the river are peaceful. There is a small cave along the trail, Lake Oliver Dam, the bridge between Ga and Ala, killer downhills and some CRAZY jumps. I ride a hardtail but I defenitely recommend this trail to all you crazies with the full on jump bikes. Some group has designed some pretty leg breaking jumps. Still the trail is very rideable and fun. Bring a camera.

Recommended Route:
Many routes. Just use the river as your guide.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Flat Rock. Fast and fun.



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