Coldwater Mountain is the Baskin Robbins of trails: cross-country routes, gravity-fed flow trails, entry-level trails, and more jumps, berms, and scenery than you could whip your wheel at. While it’s still under development, with more trail being added by the day, Coldwater remains a top choice if you find yourself anywhere near Anniston, Ala. It is one of only 11 IMBA ride centers in the country.
Another option is the crown jewel of Alabama mountain biking at Oak Mountain State Park, which has 29 miles of trails in all flavors. Centered around a gorgeous lake (which means post-ride dip), this single track is the highlight of the Xterra Southeast Championship course, which top Xterra pros have called “the best course on the circuit.”
For a unique ride, Tannehill trails will leave you pumped on both adrenaline and curiosity, as you ride your modern steed amongst 45 historic structures dating back to the early 1800s. Once the site of a Civil War industrial complex for the Confederate Army, this 1,500-acre park is one of the most interesting rides in the state.