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Wildwood Park Trail

Average Rating:    (3.64 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

Wildwood trail is basically a large main loop with several small loops that turn off of it. Everything is a loop so no matter which way you go you will eventually end up back at the trailhead. The main loop is only about 3 miles long but the sid e loops can add up to apprx a 5 mile ride. The trail is constantly up and down small but steep hills.Lots of roots, gullies, and some ruts and rocks. It is about 95% single track. It is fun, technically moderate,and intensely areobic.This little trail can wear your legs out.The land is owned by the city so be gentle to our trail and if you carry it in , then carry it out.
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Latitude
34.8068090714046
Longitude
-87.6993727684021
Trail Directions
The trail is at the corner of Wildwood road and the Old Waterloo road. From the Universtiy of North Alabama at the Pine street stoplight, turn west onto Irvine St.Go one block and turn right. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto Old Waterloo road. Go apprx 1/2 mile and Wildwood Park road is on the right , drive about 200 ft past this intersection and you will see a small parking area along the side of the road, A sign designates the trail as mountain bikes only.
Trail Length
3-5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Florence
   


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Review Date
May 5, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: VaNNage ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
WARNING: DO NOT RIDE THE TOP TRAIL ONCE IT STARTS TO HEAD TOWARDS THE CLIFF. My heart was racing just walking the cliff trail. Also this is a great place to hike especially since the trails are not very long. I once ended up from a rafting trip there and had a blast. I have been to this park many times growing up and it is a good place to hike if you have never been.



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borisimobike1 (10/07/2009)
Just a note: there was a riding-related death due to this cliff:

http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20090421/NEWS/904219985?Title=Man-dies-after-fall-from-bluff
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Review Date
January 14, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Scott Sloan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Have just finished cleaning the entire trail system off with leaf blower. A couple of modifications to exsisting trails, some new trails soon to come. Down the street from the main trailhead, behind the Alabama Forestry Ranger Station, there is another trail loop that connects in with Wildwood trails. Don't miss that. Check out Wildwood while it's in this condition. This took me about 35 hours. Enjoy!

Recommended Route:
From main trailhead, go right. as you start climbing over the washed-out section, turn right onto the Four Ball Trail. This puts you on the Fire Road. Go left to the Powerline. Go right, Then left at top of big hill. Will end up back at the top of the Powerlines. Go 30 yards and go left into the woods. Follow trails from there. Be sure to check out the Cliffhanger Trail.

Am working on some signage so all of you from out of town can find your way around. Am trying to find some old trail maps to post. Email me for a guided ride. Thanks, and enjoy.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
TVA reservation has "The Rockpile Trail". Five miles from parking lot to the damn and back. Very gnarly in places.



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Review Date
July 6, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: CU-Murph ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Fun little network of trails. They wined around a lot, crisscross each other. There are some steep climbs or decents, and even a few stunts. The trails are well packed in and kept clear of dead fall, but not marked. There were only a acouple trees down, but we met a local who said he'ld be out soon to cut them! Trail could use a little work on substainiblity issues, but overall its in great shape.

Trail head parking is on the north side of the street just west of the intersection of Wildwood Park Rd. and Waterloo Rd. You park on the side of the road.

You'll find a few log rides, jumps, ewok bridges, etc. there. Fun, but be careful. There's an old dirt jump area, but its all torn up and filled with debrees.

Across Wildwood Park Rd., there about a mile of new trail opened to biking. Take the first right from the 'parking lot' around till you see orange flagging. Cross the steet, go over the wooden bridge and do the loopipop and come back.

It rained the day we went, the ground was damp, but the trails were perfect to ride. It seems like if there hasn't been too much rain the trails there stay ridable. Reminds me of Oak Mt. in Birmingham, in that it takes a serious rain to close the trail. (Lots of places when it rains, you shouldn't ride because the trail becomes a mud fest.)

NOTE: Heard that the local univeristy wants to buy the land from the city develope it. Might be a good idea to write the city of Florence and tell them your opinion. It would be sad to lose these trails.

Recommended Route:
Trails aren't marked, so if you ride with a local do. I was told you can get 'maps' at Dick's Sporting Goods, or the local bike shop. For an intermediate ride, just go up and back down the old service rd. that is now over grown into single track. Also try the new trail out. For a more adventurous ride, just ride around and explore.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pine Torch and Bankhead ORV



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Review Date
January 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Ashley Renfroe , from Charlotte, NC

Summary:
I had another chance to ride this trail over the Holidays. Two chances actually. Very technical in spots. I had two days to just explore a little. It is actually well kept by the few souls who bother to do work on it. Kudos to them. Not a real long trail, but there may have been some extensions that I missed. Not well marked, but it doesn't have to be, as it is broken in well. I enjoy this ride, but there is one nasty uphill when you first enter from Wildwood road, and one nasty downhill just opposite. I actually had to walk it up on one trip, and I consider my fitness to be excellent. Fun trail. Do not miss. And remember, pack out what you pack in. Would give it 5, but I would like it to be a bit longer.

Recommended Route:
Any route you take, the trail is fun and can be technical. Not a long trail, but a solid workout.



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Review Date
April 10, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Farley Edmundson , from ATL, Gawja

Summary:
The trail itself was pretty weak, but was crawling tons of super hot ladies from the Quad City Region. What you gots to say aboot that, buddy? Definitely Worth the trip.

Recommended Route:
Mannnnnnnn, I KICKED THIS TRAIL'S ASS.



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