Oak Mountain State Park Mountain Bike Trails
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 trails are 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.
The Mountain Bike Trails at Oak Mountain State Park have something for mountain bikers of any skill level, from kids, beginners, and experts. Built and maintained by local volunteers with the non-profit trail group Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers, (aka BUMP), the trails are home to their annual “Bump and Grind” Cross Country Mountain Bike race, held each spring.
The Red Trail, At approximately 22 miles long (and growing), is a mix of mostly tight singletrack and some areas of 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 Hall of Fame Epic Rides. This makes it one of 52 “must ride” trails in the world!
The Red Trail is easily accessible from the campground area and there is convenient parking at the north and south trailheads. Changing rooms, water and a bike wash, and bathhouses can be found between the South trailhead parking lot 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. You can also download the trail map.