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Mountain Biking in Alabama
Mountain Biking on the Flat Tops. 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.

National Forests and Parks Lakes & Reservoirs Wildlife Refuges
Bankhead NF
Blowing Wind Cave Wildlife Refuge
Conecuh NF
Horseshoe Bend Military Park
Little River Canyon Preserve
Russell Cave Monument
Talladega NF
Tuskegee Institute Historic Site
Tuskegee NF
Alabama River Lakes
Bankhead
Black Warrior And Tombigbee River Lakes
Coffeeville
Demopolis
Holt
Oliver
Warrior
William Dannelly Reservoir
Blowing Wind Cave NWR
Bon Secour NWR
Choctaw NWR
Eufaula NWR
Fern Cave NWR
Key Cave NWR
Watercress Darter NWR
Wheeler NWR

Guide to State Parks:
Bladon Springs
Blakeley
Blue Springs
Brierfield Ironworks
Buck's Pocket
Chattahoochee
Cheaha
Chewacla
Chickasaw
Claude D. Kelley
DeSoto
Florala
Frank Jackson
Gulf
Guntersville Lake
Joe Wheeler
Lake Lurleen
Lakepoint
Meaher
Monte Sano
Oak Mountain
Paul M. Grist
Rickwood Caverns
Roland Cooper
Tannehill Ironworks
Wind Creek

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