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Old 05-23-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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are there any good trails near Birmingham?

I'm looking for places to ride near Birmingham. More specifically, near the 280/inverness area. I don't have much off time from work so the closer the better.

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Old 05-23-2012, 04:51 PM   #2
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Gardendale.

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Old 05-24-2012, 01:09 AM   #3
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How advanced are the the trails there? My jeep is still pretty stock.
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:47 AM   #4
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I'm in the 280 area and I have the same question. There must be more than just gardendale.

I've just been driving down back roads and looking for trails. Not much luck.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:35 PM   #5
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Piney Woods out in Four Mile/Westover used to be good (logging roads). Area has built up a lot though so I'm not sure how much is still unpaved and rutted.

Take 280 towards Sylacauga, turn right onto Co Rd 55. Go a few miles and turn left onto Co Rd 51. A mile or three in it will turn to dirt. Tons of offshoot logging roads and trails from there. Just watch for hunting club signs and no trespassing ones.

I've taken regular cars out through there many times and made it...of course, I took an 80's model lebaron through 3ft deep mud too so take "it's easy" with a grain of salt when I say it.

Search Shallow Creek Road, Wilsonville, AL on Google Maps to get to the general area.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:24 PM   #6
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I just saw this thread. I'm out in the Hwy 280 / Hwy 119 area too.

I've been riding a little around the Cahaba River WMA below Helena but so many roads down there are gated and closed now.

I was thinking of riding down through the Talledega National Forest.

I'm not too interested in rock crawling but I wouldn't mind actually needing the 4 wheel drive a few times.

I just have a 2 inch lift with 32 inch tires. Everything else is pretty much stock.
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:54 AM   #7
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I'm gonna check this out! Was out in the Harpersville area last weekend, but ran out of time, and had to get back home before I found more than dirt roads.

My stock 06 Rubi needs some 4x4 time :P
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:30 PM   #8
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Do the Skyway Motorway from US Highway 431 near Oxford to Highway 148 East of Sylacauga. You can also hit the middle off of Highway 77 East of Talladega. Takes about 2 hours start to finish but you should get the Delorme Atlas & Gazetteer Alabama Topographic Map Book which you can get for $20 at most large book stores. Street tires are fine when it is not raining although get ready for a bumpy ride and the road is not marked well in come cases where it crosses the paved roads. You have to dogleg a little around Chandler Springs and look/listen out for dirtbikes and ORVs around the corners!
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:58 PM   #9
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Lots of old mining trails in brookwood. A little ways from bham though but I think it's worth the drive
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:49 PM   #10
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Anyone wanna hit up Stoney Lonesome around Cullman sometime?
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:47 PM   #11
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I've been trying to find time to go check that place out. I just haven't been able to fit it in.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:28 PM   #12
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I'm game for Stoney Lonesome tomorrow if anyone is up for it.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:40 PM   #13
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BamaRolln & Saltriverfolk - let's get somethin' together in the next weekend or two? I haven't had much fun since Moab back in March...
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:38 PM   #14
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Can't make it tomorrow but my problem is going to be 9 year old Fall Baseball and Flag Football through October. Football games are on Saturdays and baseball on Sunday afternoons. There may be some time to take a ride on a afternoon if we have football early or no baseball on a Sunday. I have to just play it by ear.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:46 PM   #15
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You must be hella lucky to be driving as a 9yr old. Pretty well spoken for, too. Had me fooled
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:50 AM   #16
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I had to get an automatic because my legs are too short to push the clutch all the way down.

Do you guys ride alone or do you take any family or friends along?
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:56 AM   #17
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Central Alabama Off Road Society

I generally take the better half for good company but would also go if I had another Jeeper to ride with on the trail. I think I am about ready to join the Central Alabama ORV club. In fact, making out the check today.

CAOS4x4.com | A 4x4 club in the Birmingham, Alabama area!
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:43 AM   #18
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Have you been to Grey Rock yet? It's around exit 275 off 65, with Stoney Lonesome being around 299. A few miles closer to B'ham if that's where you are.

I haven't been to either place, so it looks like I have a growing to-do list.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:11 PM   #19
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You can check on some pictures of Stony Lonesome on the Jeep Jamboree USA website under the discussion groups. The ride there is Cullman but takes place at SL ORP.

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Old 08-28-2012, 09:32 PM   #20
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Anyone thinking about heading out this weekend?
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:47 PM   #21
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Wife's family will be at our house so..... YES. But I probably can't get a kitchen pass.
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:30 PM   #22
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Work on it. I'll go alone if I have to, but I'd like to meet some of you guys. Keep me posted.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:51 AM   #23
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We'll be at Stoney Lonesome today around noon. The newly graded and banked trail 411/411b/412 entrance near landing zone 12 all the way at the back of the park is the one to do - as long as you have good tire tread! If it is your first time at Stoney Lonesome, set aside 20 minutes to fill out the paperwork and watch the safety video. Cost is $10+$5 per person and there will be plenty of folks riding today. You can download a couple of the forms ahead of time. A little less crowded on Sundays about 3. Maybe be a little rain coming in late afternoon. http://stonylonesomeohv.us/
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:18 AM   #24
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Sorry I missed you guys. Spent the day appliance shopping with the family >_>. At least I got a good deal on some jack stands and a floor jack this weekend. Put my coil spacers on the front and my TJ is sitting nice n' level now. Also replaced headlights. Turned into a maintenance weekend. Fun, but not as fun as it could have been lol
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:18 AM   #25
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Very productive weekend! Isn't Sears great? If tehy only had a Jeep section . . .
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:37 AM   #26
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I need a taller floor jack. I have to put mine on a piece of 2x10 to get it to raise my tires off the floor.

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Take 280 towards Sylacauga, turn right onto Co Rd 55. Go a few miles and turn left onto Co Rd 51. A mile or three in it will turn to dirt. Tons of offshoot logging roads and trails from there. Just watch for hunting club signs and no trespassing ones.
I had about an hour and a half on Sunday afternoon and I took a ride down Co Rd 51. Every side road seemed to be gated and marked with hunting club signs. When I came back out on paved Co Rd 61 I just looped back around to 55 and headed home.

It was still a nice ride on some paved country roads but there wasn't much ridable (is that a word?) dirt down there.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:15 PM   #27
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Bama-

2.5 Ton Heavy Duty Floor Jack with Rapid Pump®
6 Ton Jack Stand Set

Just picked those up over the weekend. Might be something you'd be interested in.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:15 AM   #28
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Cullamn County Oktoberfest & Stoney Lonesome OHV Park

If you want to make a weekend out of it or just a day trip check out the Cullman County Octoberfest and visit Stoney Lonesome for a few hours also! We went to the opening ceremony last year on a Sunday at 1:30 and were on the trail at Stoney Lonesome by 3:30. Opening ceremony this year is Sunday October 7 at 1:30 PM and the festival runs from 10/06/12 to 10/13/12. Pictures below are of the selection of the Oktoberfest Queen (decided by which young lady gets the cupcake with the ring in it) and dancing.

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Lineville AL Heritage Days Festival 11/05/12

This is a great festival on the east side of Mount Cheaha on November 5. They have a small music stage and you can walka 4-block area and visits shops. We sat down for lunch with the mayor at the Fire Department fundraiser BBQ. You can mix some light gravel road touring in if you approach from Talladega via Skline Drive and then cut down to Lineville by taking a right where the pavement up to Mt. Cheaha starts.

Lineville Merchants Association Heritage Day Festival - Sweet Home Alabama

And the pictures are of Nubbin Creek Trail same day just North of Mt. Cheaha. Nice easy hike with some water falls at 0.75 mile and another at 1.0 mile.
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SaltRiver- Looks good man!

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