Oak Mountain Red Trail

In the foothills of the Appalachians, Double Oak Mountain lies at the core of the nearly 10,000 acre Oak Mountain State Park, located just 20 minutes south of Birmingham in Pelham, Alabama. The slopes and valleys of the parallel ridgelines serve up miles of blissful single track and technical diversity. The mountain bike trail system, dubbed the “Red Trail”, is near 25 miles and is part of an array of activities this Alabama State Park has to offer. The Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) along with Alabama's DCNR State Park Division, Shelby County and the City of Pelham have worked hand in hand to elevate the caliber of mountain biking at this venue.

photo: West Ridge Trail - Double Oak Mountain Type: Mountain Bike Trail, Nature Trail
Length: 25.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency:
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham, AL
States: Alabama
Counties: Shelby
Latitude: 33.32491   Longitude: -86.75793

Directions to Trailhead from Birmingham:
I-65 South to exit 246 for AL-119/Cahaba Valley Rd
Turn onto AL-119 S/Cahaba Valley Rd heading south
Take the 1st left onto Oak Mountain State Park Rd
Continue on Oak Mountain State Park Rd for 1.9 mi
Turn left onto John Findley Dr
Continue on John Findley Dr for 2.6 mi
Turn right onto Terrace Dr
Continue on Terrace Dr for 1.4 mi
South Trailhead is on the right

Description

In the foothills of the Appalachians, Double Oak Mountain lies at the core of the nearly 10,000 acre Oak Mountain State Park, located just 20 minutes south of Birmingham in Pelham, Alabama. The slopes and valleys of the parallel ridgelines serve up miles of blissful single track and technical diversity. The mountain bike trail system, dubbed the “Red Trail”, is part of an array of activities this Alabama State Park has to offer. The Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) along with Alabama's DCNR State Park Division, Shelby County and the City of Pelham have worked hand in hand to elevate the caliber of mountain biking at this venue.

Consider an assortment of natural surface trail from exciting, family-oriented riding to boulder outcrops that favor the most advanced riders; all flowing seamlessly with the surrounding vistas, lakes and natural features. The makeup of this trail system has evolving into a stacked loop that offers several different mileage options out of the South Trailhead parking lot. For an all-day epic ride, consider the following route:

Start out from the South Trailhead and onto the Lake Trail for some stunning views of Double Oak Lake before pedaling your way around and over the folds of the northern valley. You might be tempted to try out a few purpose-built features or to take a detour on our Pump Track. If that's not enough, you'll also catch a glimpse at some of the park's Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) structures built during the Depression era.

Next, you're in store for a 600-foot climb up to the ridge, where a couple of options await you. Try your hand at the expert-level Boulder Ridge section where you'll find a littering of boulder fields and drops certain to test every inch of travel on your ride or continue on a fast and rocky fire road towards West Ridge. Offering stunning views of the accompanying ridgeline and northern Shelby County, West Ridge is a section you won't want to miss. The native vegetation and rock formations in the area are something to behold, but don't take your eyes off the trail for too long because this advanced section is sure to challenge your handling skills.

Lastly, it's time to head down Double Oak Mountain through the legendary Blood Rock section and onwards to a screaming Johnson's Mountain decent. The ebb and flow of Rattlesnake Ridge wraps things up as you make your way back to the South Trailhead, where you're sure to find plenty of Southern hospitality among the locals celebrating with their favorite post ride traditions. Get your ride and yourself cleaned up at the bike wash and changing room before taking your pick among the many food establishments just outside the park's gate.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: 550
Elevation High Point: 1,290
Year Designated: 2012

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers - The Red Trail

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:
Michael Jeffreys
Superintendent
Alabama DCNR/State Parks Division
200 Terrace Drive
Pelham , AL 35124
(205) 620-2520
oakmountain.statepark@dcnr.alabama.gov

 

Photos

Boulder Ridge Trail

Boulder Ridge Trail

West Ridge Trail

West Ridge Trail

 

Johnson's Mountain

Johnson's Mountain

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