Less than six miles away from downtown, Munny Sokol is a short drive for most Tuscaloosa-area residents and features more than 11 miles of trails for beginning, intermediate, and experienced riders. If you have only 30 minutes to ride, shorter routes provide riders the option for a quick workout. Riders with more than two hours to spare, however, can easily tackle the entire park.Munny Sokol has some short, technical climbs, roots, and rocks that test riders’ skills, including some mile-long loops not far from the main trailhead. For experienced riders, the Antique Creek Trail provides a challenge with roots, rocks, and steep climbs, descents, and drop offs. The park also features a pump track onsite for anyone looking for a fun, speedy workout on rolling mounds of dirt. Other favorite spots include the Della Raye Trail, a 1.2-mile loop perfect for beginning riders looking to increase speed, and the Troll Loop, a narrow trail that follows a creek and includes several logs for riders to navigate.The Main Trail, Mars Trail, and Bunny/Lagoon Trail are directly accessible from the main trailhead and lead to other trails. For the quickest route to the park’s toughest trails, head southeast toward Old Colony Road. For intermediate trails, head north onto the Main Trail.
What Makes It Great
Munny Sokol is a short drive for most Tuscaloosa-area residents and is perfect for riders wanting to enjoy the outdoors before or after work. A large number of trails provide both short and long rides for beginning and experienced riders, and many local restaurants and breweries (including Black Warrior Brewing Company, owned by a group of veteran mountain bikers) are a quick drive from the park. The West Alabama Mountain Biking Association even hosts a weekly group ride at the park for novice mountain bikers.
Who is Going to Love It
Riders of all levels looking for a secluded getaway without venturing too far away from the city. Winding amongst 325 acres of wooded and recreational areas, Munny Sokol’s trails allow for quick, secluded getaways in the woods without much driving. The trails are well-maintained, scenic, and fun to ride, offering something for every rider.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Parking is free in all areas of the park. Most riders access the Main Trail, which connects to most other trails and loops running throughout the park, via the parking lot off of Old Colony Road. Enter through the park’s main entrance, pass the soccer fields, and the trailhead and parking area will be located on your left. A bulletin board with a detailed mail of the trails is available at the trailhead. Night riding is allowed and encouraged in fall and winter, though hours change seasonally, so be sure to check the posted hours at the park's entrance. Dogs are allowed on leashes. Detailed maps of Munny Sokol’s biking trails are also available online at http://www.wambarides.org/trails/sokol-park/.