Lake Lurleen State Park Trail System

The 1,625-acre park is a scenic lakeside retreat set on the banks of a 250-acre lake. Facilities include a modern campground, activity building, picnic area, play area, pavilions, beach with bathhouse, fishing piers, boat rentals and boat-launch areas, and 19.5 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.

photo: Lake Lurleen Shadows Type: Backcountry, Mountain Bike Trail, Nature Trail
Length: 19.50 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Swimming
Wildlife Observation
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Within Lake Lurleen State Park near Coker, in west-central Alabama.
States: Alabama
Counties: Tuscaloosa County
Latitude: 33.29742   Longitude: -87.67673

From Tuscaloosa, AL, travel west on University Boulevard toward Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard N. Turn right at Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard. Turn left at McFarland Boulevard NE. Turn right at County Road 21/Upper Columbus Road. Turn right at County Road 49/Lake Lurleen Road. Turn right to stay on County Road 49/Lake Lurleen Road. Park entrance will be on the left.

Description

Lake Lurleen State Park is named after Alabama's only female governor. Lurleen Wallace, the wife of former Governor George C. Wallace, was a native of Tuscaloosa County. As Governor she was instrumental in funding a major renovation project of Alabama State Parks. The park is located 9 miles Northwest of the cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport, Alabama and is 14 miles from the campus of the University of Alabama, home of the “Crimson Tide.”



The 1,625-acre park is a scenic lakeside retreat set on the banks of a 250-acre lake. Facilities include a modern campground, activity building, picnic area, play area, pavilions, beach with bathhouse, fishing piers, boat rentals and boat-launch areas. Lake Lurleen State Park now has approximately 19.5 miles of trails. Three new trail loops have been added to the Multi-Use Trail. Motorized vehicles and horses are prohibited on Lake Lurleen's trails.



RIDGE TRAIL



A short walking path on the ridge east of the campground and day-use area. This trail is restricted to foot traffic only. It can be accessed from 3 different points: (1) Across from the beach playground, (2) At the # 4 Picnic Pavilion, (3) and at the North Trailhead.



MULTI-USE TRAIL SYSTEM



This trail system is comprised of six connecting segments: Lakeside Trail, Tashka Trail, Five Oaks Loop, Tornado Loop, Storm Loop, and Lightning Loop. The connected trails loop around Lake Lurleen into the undeveloped west side of the park. Trail users must take into account the minimum length of the entire loop is 11 miles plus 1.3 miles of roadway connecting the trailheads (this mileage does not include any of the loops that split off of the main Tashka Trail). Shortcuts to trailheads or paved roads do not exist. Once on Tashka Trail, you are in a wilderness environment. The entire trail is rated “intermediate”, in accordance with International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) guidelines. Access to the trail system is limited to the North or South Trailheads.



Lakeside Trail: This 2-mile trail (one-way) begins at the South Trailhead and ends at the Lake Lurleen Dam. There, it connects to the much longer Tashka Trail. Lakeside Trail is an excellent option for short hikes and as an introductory ride to novice mountain bikers. It follows the lake shoreline, providing continuous, beautiful scenery. Use caution. The trail is shared by hikers, bikers and bank fishermen.



Tashka Trail: This 9-mile segment begins where Lakeside Trail concludes, at the west end of Lake Lurleen Dam, next to the dam spillway. Use caution. Some sections are steeply graded, sandy, or covered with loose gravel. In addition, the 9 miles contain no shortcuts to either trailhead. Plan accordingly, as you will be in a wilderness environment. Due to the prevalence of tight turns, long climbs and descents, beginning mountain bikers will find sections of Tashka very challenging.



Five Oaks Loop Trail: This optional 3-mile loop splits off from Tashka Trail approximately 5.8 miles from the South Trailhead (calculated by a clockwise route). For ambitious users, Five Oaks extends the total distance of the connected trails to 15.3 miles. If approached from the North Trailhead (traveling counterclockwise), Five Oaks Loop splits off from Tashka 4.8 miles from the trail's start.



Roadway: There are 1.3 miles of paved roadways that connect the South and North Trailheads. (The Muti-Use Trail System was built and is maintained by volunteers in sponsorship with the West Alabama Mountain Biking Association, Druid City Bicycle Club, and Lake Lurleen State Park.)



Mountain Bike Trails



Storm Loop Trail: This optional 1.44 mile loop splits off from Tashka Trail approximately 8.8 miles from the South Trailhead (traveling clockwise), and approximately 2.2 miles from the North Trailhead (traveling counterclockwise). This loop's name was chosen for two reasons, one in honor of Mike Storm, the park manager who shared the vision of volunteer leader Michael Smith, and supported the efforts of all involved to bring reality to the vision; and the second reason matches the “weather theme” of the other loops.



Lightning Loop Trail: This optional .43 mile loop splits off from Tashka Trail approximately 9.2 miles from the South Trailhead (traveling clockwise), and approximately 1.8 miles from the North Trailhead (traveling counterclockwise). This is a fast and dazzling little loop to either pump you up for the long ride on the Tashka Trail, or give you a last hurrah before heading to the North Trailhead to end your ride.



Tornado Loop Trail: This optional 2.3-mile loop splits off from Tashka Trail approximately 8.7 miles from the South Trailhead (traveling in a clockwise direction), and approximately 2.4 miles from the North Trailhead (traveling counterclockwise). This loop takes you through the path of destruction left by tornados spawned by Hurricane Rita in 2005.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock
Rock, boulders
Rock, smooth
Soil

Average Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 233
Elevation High Point: 351
Year Designated: 2011

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Lake Lurleen Mountain Biking
Website: Lake Lurleen State Park

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Rosemary Burnette
Park Superintendent
Lake Lurleen State Park
13226 Lake Lurleen Road
Coker , AL 35452
(205) 339-1558
LakeLurleen.StPk@dcnr.alabama.gov
http://www.alapark.com/LakeLurleen/

 

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