Friday, September 26, 2014

Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

Turning off 202 onto Coldwater Road, it is evident there is a climb ahead. The entrance to the original trail head has an immediate incline. Cyclists know instantly, they’re in for a treat. The gravel parking lot at the top is often full of tags from across the U.S., Wyoming, Mississippi, New York and Tennessee, just to name a few. This time of year is a great time to explore Coldwater, with the cooler temperatures, the fall colors and changing leaves, tree shades and refreshing breezes. The trail map, constantly evolving and growing marks the start. The smooth Baby Bear loop is perfect for the whole family with its downhill start and sidewinding ending. You can rest when you get back to the top. The Mama and Papa Bear loops are longer, with their very quick downhill to a consistent finishing climb. The Bomb Dog is more advanced with river rocks, roots, moguls, tricky switchback turns, and challenging gradual climbs. This trail system continues to grow with gravity trails and new additions including the Bunny, the Tortoise, the Hare and Chilhowee Trails. Runners and hikers are welcome to explore these trails, but it is suggested with these single tracks that they take the course backwards, aware of other oncoming traffic.
Coldwater is a beautiful escape into the 4000 acres of Alabama Land Trust property, wooded, shaded and picturesque. The creek runs along the trail and can often be heard, especially after a big rain. The trails are well maintained, furnished with signageand perfect with rideable grade and fun features. Coldwater is also convenient with its location just outside of downtown Anniston.
Plan a weekend! Stay and shop in Downtown Anniston, with Wig's Wheels conveniently located nearby. Then, explore the other trails in our area, including Coleman Lake, Henry Farm and Cheaha Mountain. 

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