Alabama is world renowned for its natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Biking in a State Park, National Park or National Monument is an excellent way to experience Alabama. There are hundreds of paved and unpaved roads suitable for tour bikes. Jeep roads, trails and single tracks accommodate bikes. Alabama bicycling provides access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the state.
Description - Challenge yourself by going up a jeep road. Feel the adrenaline rush as you speed down a single track dodging rocks and logs along the way. Be sure to keep an eye out for a suitable camping location, or the occasional lake where one can stop for an hour and fish, or go for an off road hike. For the hardy, a backpack inside the forest would take you though uncharted territory.
The Conecuh Trails Lake Shore and North Loops provides a pleasant day's mountain bike through the 20 miles of Alabama coastal plain. There is ample opportunity to view the local flora and fauna. Both day hikers and overnight backpackers can enjoy the Conecuh NF Trail. The trail meanders through forests containing dogwoods, holly, longleaf pine, magnolia, and cypress. Picturesque ponds are especially scenic. The trail crossed streams at several points. Bridges have been built for convenience of hikers. An interesting feature of the trail is Blue Spring, a large natural spring of clear, icy-blue water.
In the Talladega NF, the Kentuck Off Road Vehicle Trail is designed for motorcycles, ATV's, and mountain bikes. Loop 1 is 9 miles and Loop 2 is 5 miles. The trail's easy sections have gentle grades, sweeping turns, and a fairly smooth surface with few obstacles. The most difficult part has steeper grades, tight and steep turns, sections of rough terrain, and some rock and log obstacles.
Owl Creek Horse Trail System is located north of Addison, near Brushy Lake, in the Bankhead NF. These moderate trails form a 30 mile system of loops. Various loops are possible. They are open to horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking.
There are many more opportunities for mountain biking that have not been mentioned. The general rule of thumb is that mountain bikes are allowed almost anywhere unless marked as forbidden. Wilderness areas are always out of bounds for mechanized travel.