Monday, June 15, 2015
Just keep spinning, spinning, spinning!
Calhoun County is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with an abundance of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Surrounded by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the Talladega National Forest, the area offers breathtaking scenery year round, miles of hiking trails, golfing, fishing, and more.
Year-round, cyclists come from all over the world to enjoy our bike trails. From road to mountain bikers, Calhoun County is an adventure park for avid cyclists.
Chief Ladiga Trail
The Chief Ladiga Trail currently runs 32.5 miles from the Alabama/Georgia line into the City of Anniston. The City of Anniston recently acquired more land for the trails extension into downtown Anniston. As Alabama’s first Rails to Trails project, this paved recreational trail follows the former Seaboard/CSX Railroad and connects to Georgia’s 63 mile Silver Comet Trail, making Ladiga part of the longest paved rail trail in the U.S. This recreational opportunity can be enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, skaters, strollers and more. Beautiful sights like area forests, farmlands, creeks, streams, and mountains provide picturesque scenery for each and every visit. For more information, visit www.chiefladigatrail.com. The trailhead is located at Mike Tucker Park in Anniston, and there are access points at Elwell Park in Weaver, The Jacksonville Community Center, Germania Springs in Jacksonville, and at Eubanks Welcome Center in Piedmont.
Anniston Trailhead: 445 Monsanto Street, Anniston, AL 36201
Coldwater Trailhead: 1680 Coldwater Road, Anniston, AL 36201
Located on 4000 acres of Coldwater Mountain in Anniston and Oxford, these trails offers both 1.5 mile beginner loops, for riders of any level, and a 10 mile Blue Loop, Bomb Dog, for intermediate riders. Bomb Dog is rated 13th in the U.S. for highest rated rides, according to MTBProject.com. This trail is perfect for those looking for a leisure ride or a bit of a challenge. The trail is open to hikers and runners as well. Currently, more than 25 miles of trails have been built under the supervision of IMBA Trail Solutions, with more than 75 miles of trails scheduled to be built. For more information, visit www.neaba.net.
Henry Farm Mountain Bike & Running Trails
351 Henry Road, Jacksonville
Located on the mountain adjacent to the Henry Farm Baseball Fields and parking lot, these trails are great for beginners and experienced riders and runners, with rock features and gradual climbs.
Iron Legs Trail
Bains Gap Road, Anniston
Take I-20 to exit 188 and go north on Golden Springs Road to Choccolocco Road. Turn right and go approximately 10 miles to turn left on Bain’s Gap Road. There is parking 100 yards on the right.
Cheaha State Park
There are about 6 miles of trail, featuring the main trail of “Mountain Express” and others including Deer Run and the Upper and Lower Spring Loop. All can be accessed via the entrance gate trail head.
For maps of our area trails, visit www.visitcalhouncounty.com/area_maps.