The Forever Wild Coldwater Mountain Trail System

The Forever Wild Coldwater Mountain Doug Ghee Nature Preserve and Recreational Area Trail System is located within the 4,000 acre Forever Wild Coldwater Mountain Doug Ghee Nature Preserve and Recreational Area in Anniston, AL. The Forever Wild Coldwater Mountain Doug Ghee Nature Preserve and Recreational Area Trail System is presently being developed into a world class destination trail system for mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers. Sixty miles of trail have been designed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Trail Solutions team and will be built in phases over a 3 to 5 year period. The Grand Opening for Phase I of the trail system was June 1st, 2012. Currently the trail system offers 11.5 miles of trail for beginner, intermediate, and advanced users to enjoy. The 11.5 miles of trail is a combination of a 1.5 mile beginner green trail and a 10 mile intermediate blue trail which includes optional advanced black diamond features.

photo: Biker Leaving the Trailhead Type: Mountain Bike Trail
Length: 11.50 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Located within the Forever Wild Coldwater Mountain Doug Ghee Nature Preserve and Recreational Area in Anniston, AL.
States: Alabama
Counties: Calhoun
Latitude: 33.643263   Longitude: -85.85621

From Birmingham, take I-20 East approximately 41.5 miles to Exit 179 (AL-202/Coldwater Rd.). Turn left onto AL-202 and go approximately 2.1 miles to Calhoun Co. Rd. 109/Coldwater Pump Road. Turn right on Coldwater Pump Road and go approximately 0.2 miles and turn right onto new public access road.

Description

The Forever Wild Coldwater Mountain Doug Ghee Nature Preserve and Recreational Area Trail System is located within the 4,000 acre Forever Wild Coldwater Mountain Doug Ghee Nature Preserve and Recreational Area in Anniston, AL.

The Forever Wild Coldwater Mountain Doug Ghee Nature Preserve and Recreational Area Trail System is presently being developed into a world class destination trail system for mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers. Sixty miles of trail have been designed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Trail Solutions team and will be built in phases over a 3 to 5 year period.

The Grand Opening for Phase I of the trail system was June 1st, 2012. Currently the trail system offers 11.5 miles of trail for beginner, intermediate, and advanced users to enjoy. The 11.5 miles of trail is a combination of a 1.5 mile beginner green trail and a 10 mile intermediate blue trail which includes optional advanced black diamond features.

The 1.5 mile green beginner trail is wide and welcoming to even first-time riders. It is designed as a "gateway" trail to introduce beginners and first-timers to mountain biking, providing a positive and fun experience near the trailhead. It contains several rollers that are pump-track-ish and even a spot where the more adventuresome beginner can take an optional line through some rock armored sections. The green trail also serves to help beginners gain the skills and confidence to be able to ride the intermediate trail if they choose. The longer 10-mile blue (intermediate) loop branches off of the green trail about 0.5 mile in. After some fun rollers and classic winding single track the trail eventually begins a long relentless climb (not too steep, though----and it is forgiving with several flat spots to give the thighs some reprieve). The top of the climb presently takes you onto an old road for a short distance. This section of single-track is not complete (it will be completed as part of 12-mile Phase II, which will begin in the fall, 2012). This incomplete section contains what will be one of the signature sections of the trail system---a rock outcropping at the highest point of the mountain with meticulous rock armoring and other stone work that will provide riders about 3 different lines to take through this section (easy line, intermediate line and insane line with drop-offs). Phase II also includes a 5 mile decent trail. The 11.5 miles of trail in use today was developed as a loop system, all begin and end at the same trailhead.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Gravel
Rock, boulders
Rock, smooth
Soil

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: 700
Elevation High Point: 1,500
Year Designated: 2013

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: The Forever Wild Coldwater Mountain
Website: Alabama's Forever Wild Program
Website: North East Alabama Bicycle Association
Website: Constructions of the Coldwater Mountain Biking Tra
Website: Coldwater Mountain Trail Video

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.

Public Contact:
Doug Deaton
Natural Resource Planner
AL Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources
64 N Union St, Suite 464
Montgomery , AL 36130
(334) 242-3484
Doug.Deaton@dcnr.alabama.gov

Trail Management:
Mike Poe
Community Relations
North East Alabama Bicycle Association
NEABA
P.O Box 2414
Anniston , AL 36202
(256) 435-5710
mpoe1234@cableone.net

 

Photos

Trailhead Informational Kiosk

Trailhead Informational Kiosk

Bikers Preparing for the Big Ride

Bikers Preparing for the Big Ride

 

Riders on the Trail

Riders on the Trail

Great Scenic Views Along the Trail

Great Scenic Views Along the Trail

 

Armored Trail Section Being Built by IMBA

Armored Trail Section Being Built by IMBA

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