Mountain Bike Trail at Graham Creek Nature Preserve

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Summary

The Graham Creek Preserve bike trail is an off road mountain biking experience in Foley that explores swamps, bogs, and heavily forested areas.

Written by

Joe Cuhaj

Distance

7.5 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

34.6 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

1-2 hours +/-

Seasonality

All Seasons

May be boggy and difficult after a heavy rain

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Surrounded by 400 acres of bottomland forests, wetlands, pine savannas and open meadows, the Graham Creek bike trail is a bit of a challenge, especially after a good rain. Beginning near the entrance of the preserve off of Stan Mahoney Lane, the bike trail is the yellow trail. Once crossing through a meadow, the trail continues through pine savannas and over several boggy wet spots.

The trail is paralleled by thick woodlands in some areas and provides a hearty ride with much to observe from mellow wildflowers to carnivorous pitcher plants.

What Makes It Great

There’s no level paved path here. This trail is for those who enjoy the pure nature ride with dips, tree roots, a bog or two and the fresh smell that pines bring. A fresh rain will place some of the trail under water and provide even more of a challenge. Leave the busy traffic behind, you are in the middle of backcountry with the sounds of birds and an occasional airplane overhead.

The rural countryside can become muddy and boggy in some places. The thick woods and shrubs are also the ideal habitat for many insects, you may want to wear repellent. Close to Wolf Bay, you’ll have the opportunity to see many different species and most indigenous plants are label for a quick reference.

Who is Going to Love It

This is a newly conceived trail that is still being developed. Be among those exploring the trails and contribute to the continuing improvements. This is a pleasant yet intense trail, good for beginners yet rugged enough for intermediates and advanced cyclists.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The Orange trail, bike trail, begins and ends at the southwest corner of Stan Mahoney Lane. From the intersection of US 98 East/Alabama Coastal Connection/East Laurel Ave and I 59 South. Travel East on US 98 East/Alabama Coastal Connection for 2.2 miles. Turn right onto Foley Beach Express. Travel for 3.6 miles. Turn left onto Co Rd 12 S for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Wolf Bay Drive travel 1 mile entrance on right. Located at 23460 Wolf Bay Drive.

Parking is free and located 0.2 miles south of the main entrance.

Closed from dusk to dawn, the preserve practices the “Leave No Trace”.

Location

Graham Creek

10286 Rebel Rd.
Foley, Alabama, 36535
30.344643, -87.624096

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