Mountain Biking Trails
The Double Oak Trail at Oak Mountain State Park, also known as the “Red Trail”, has something for mountain bikers of any skill level, from kids and beginners to experts. Built and maintained by local volunteers with the non-profit trail group Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers, (aka BUMP), the Red trail is home to their annual “Bump and Grind” Cross Country Mountain Bike race, held each spring. At approximately 22 miles long (and growing), the mountain bike trail is a mix of mostly tight singletrack and “ doubletrack” trail with about 1600 feet of combined climbing if you ride the entire loop. On November 2, 2010, IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) added Oak Mountain to their list of Epic Rides. This makes it one of 52 “must ride” trails in the world!
Just about every trail condition imaginable can be found here, such as smooth, fast, tight and twisty, knarly rooted sections, rock gardens, sand pits, and challenging climbs with fast downhill sections with air inducing dips and rolls. While most of the trail is of intermediate skill level, more advanced riders will be challenged by “Blood Rock” and other sections of the BUMP trail. For beginners, there is the relatively level “easy” Lake trail which provides a scenic ride or walk around Double Oak Lake. In addition, BUMP is currently building new expert level trail on top of Double Oak Mountain that will provide extra challenge for more advanced riders who seek it.
The Red Trail is easily accessible from the campground area and convenient parking at the north and south trailheads, as well other locations throughout the park. Changing rooms, water and a bike wash can be found between the South trailhead parking lot and the restrooms adjacent to the day use picnic area.
Since the trail is also open to hikers and can be ridden in either direction, please be prepared to yield to climbers and walkers. Please ride only on trails marked for cycling, as other trails are off limits to bicycles. Helmets are required by state law for all riders age 16 and under and strongly recommended for everyone else. For more information on the trail and each uniquely named trail segment, (and to keep up with new additions), visit BUMP’s website, link below. You can also download BUMP’s most recent map here. Ride on!
Bicycle Pump Track
The bicycle pump track is a continuous off-road loop one can ride by pumping over rollers and berms, providing users with an intense workout. It is made of smooth hills and raised corners where the movement of the rider propels the bike rather than pedaling. Suitable for beginner to advanced riders, it will allow users to learn new skills in a fun, safe and structured environment. The track is open to everyone, however, helmets are required and elbow & knee pads are encouraged.
The pump track development includes a separate track built specifically for beginners and small children. A new bathroom facility is located adjacent to the main pump track.
The project was constructed by BUMP volunteers in partnership with DCNR and Shelby County along with design and construction services from Progressive Trail Design, LLC contracted through the County’s Department of Facilities & General Services. Funding came from three sources, Shelby County, a Federal/State Recreational Trail Program Grant and BUMP. A portion of the BUMP funds were awarded through an IMBA Fox Racing Shox Pump Track grant.
No reservations are needed to ride the pump track.