Thursday, May 5, 2016

"Bicycling is life with the volume turned up!"

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”
Ernest Hemingway

Calhoun County is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, especially cyclists. 

Cheaha State Park
Just twenty miles from Anniston, Cheaha State Park, the highest point of Alabama, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts or those just wanting to catch a breathtaking sunset. With its hiking and biking trails and swimming, the park has it all, including hotel, camping and cabin accommodations.

Chief Ladiga Trail
The Chief Ladiga Trail currently runs 32.5 miles from the Alabama/Georgia line into the City of 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.  for walkers, bikers, skaters, strollers and more.

Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail
Off Hwy 202, Anniston
Located on 4000 acres of Coldwater Mountain in Anniston, this brand-new trail offers both 1.5 mile beginner loops, for riders of any level, and a 10 mile Blue Loop for intermediate riders. 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 

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
Located near the Mountain Longleaf Wildlife Refuge, this mountain bike trail lives up to its name. Take I-20 to exit 188 go north on golden springs rd to choccolocco rd, turn right go approx 10 miles turn left on Bains gap rd, parking 100 yards on the right.

Cheaha Challenge
If you're an avid cyclists, and especially enjoy road biking, may we suggest Cheaha Challenge weekend? As a part of the Alabama Backroads Century Series, this now 124 mile bike ride is known as the toughest ride in the south, climbing Alabama’s highest point twice. Beginning in Jacksonville, this ride also features 23, 44, 62, 84 mile and more options for cyclists. If you're a beginner, we also have the Chief Ladiga Cruise, a kinder, gentler family ride from Jacksonville to Piedmont or the Alabama State line and back along the Ladiga Trail. 

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