Sokol Park Mountain Bike Trail System

This approximately 11 mile trail system is a hidden treasure of Tuscaloosa County locals who often ride it on a daily basis after work or school. Refer to the West Alabama Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) website www.westalmtb.org for group ride times and to download a trail map. The trail system is open to mountain bikers, trail runners, hikers, and those who enjoy walking on trails that are shaded by a dense canopy of mixed hardwoods and pines.

photo: Rider Sokol MTB Trails Type: Mountain Bike Trail
Length: 11.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Located in Munny Sokol Park, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
States: Alabama
Counties: Tuscaloosa
Latitude: 33.26513   Longitude: -87.53518

From Interstate I-59 take US-82 West (exit 73), after crossing the Black Warrior River proceed approximately 2 miles and turn right onto Watermelon Road. Stay on Watermelon Road for about 1.5 miles to a traffic light. Turn right onto OL' Colony Drive, proceed 200 yards and turn left into the main entrance of Munny Sokol Park. Drive past two large baseball and soccer parking lots (on the left) and go about .3 miles before turning right into a small but obvious paved trailhead parking lot. The trail system starts just south of the parking area at the edge of an open field.

Description

The area within Sokol Park that contains the trail system is relatively compact making the trail sections very tight and almost stacked onto one another. This layout makes navigating the trails on your own like moving in a maze in spite of decent signage and the WAMBA trail map. We recommend that new trail users either join a WAMBA group ride or team up with a friendly local in the parking lot to “learn the trail”.

In spite of the navigational challenges, getting lost is not a great concern since all trails are loops that either come back to the Main Sokol Trail, or return to the field that is adjacent to the park lot. The majority of the trails are rated intermediate (per International Mountain Biking Association rating criteria) due to tight turns, roots, constantly changing elevation, and the occasional trail grade that exceeds 15%.

To find the trail head enter Munny Sokol Park from Ol' Colony Road (a connector between Watermelon Road and Rice Mine Road) by turning north at the main entrance into the Park. Drive past two large baseball and soccer parking lots (on the left) and go about .3 miles before turning right into a small but obvious paved trailhead parking lot. Check out the bulletin board for maps, trail information, and updates.

The trail system starts just south of the parking area at the edge of an open field. The trail start is marked with a White sign indicating the start. Follow the dirt path through the field and then turn right at the next sign (a red directional arrow) into the woods. This is the beginning of the "Bunny" and "Lagoon" section of singletrack. These trails are excellent for entry level mountain bikers.

The trails are maintained by West Alabama Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) voluteers. Workdays are done on a bi-monthly schedule as indicated on the WAMAB website calendar.

Additional Details

Width: 32 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 260
Elevation High Point: 260
Year Designated: 2012

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: WAMBA

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:
Richard Russell
President WAMBA
West Alabama Mountain Bike Association/
17411 Highway 17,
Aliceville , AL 35442
205-562-3220
gandalfrar@gmail.com

Public Contact:
Erin Wiggins
Development Planner
Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority
PO Box 2496
Tuscaloosa , AL 35403
(205)562-3220
ewiggins@tcpara.org

 

Photos

Work day Sokol Park Trails WAMBA

Work day Sokol Park Trails WAMBA

Riders Sokol Park MTB trail Race day

Riders Sokol Park MTB trail Race day

 

WAMA Pres Richard Russell and help work day fall 2

WAMA Pres Richard Russell and help work day fall 2

into the field

into the field

 

 

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