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Mountian Biking!

Huntsville possesses a very unique asset that is being under utilized - a beautiful network of mountain bike trails within riding distance of Downtown! There are two things the city could do with relatively little cost and time. The third option would require significantly more work (approvals from state park???) but may be a next step.

1. Use one of the "Shuttle" buses or one of the tourist trolleys for a Mountain Bike Trolley on the weekend with stops at the courthouse square, Bankhead cut-off, and the state park itself. This will link outdoors activities on the Mountain with entertainment Downtown. How about a Monkeynaut after that ride?

2. Work with local Mountain Bike Community (SORBA, etc.) to promote the city as a destination and improve trails.

3. Work with the Internation Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) to significantly improve and add onto the existing trail system (check out what Anniston is doing - https://www.imba.com/ride-centers/current/coldwater-mountain).

Submitted by cmurphy 6 months ago

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    6 months ago

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  1. This idea has merit and needs additional exploration. The Shuttle Bus option #1 would be feasible only if a private company (like a bike shop) offered this shuttle. It would have to be private commerce for this to work. The Virginia Rail Trail, "Virginia Creeper" trail has many shuttle services like this. This might require an operational permit from the city, and or State Park. The bike rider could stay in a hotel downtown, and shuttle to Monte Sano, ride around the top, then ride back down Bankhead Parkway at the end of the day.

    5 months ago
  2. Monte Sano was nominated for recognition as an IMBA epic in 2012, to be beat out by Big South Fork in the SORBA region. Several reasons for that included the relative lack of "easy-rated" trails, the condition of portions of the trail system, and connectivity between some trailheads on trails that aren't "extremely difficult". The IMBA-SORBA representative that I communicated with thought that a shuttle route for mountain bikers was a good idea and said that the Alabama State Parks System has been very willing to allow the local SORBA chapter to build more trails.

    There are over 60 miles of trails on Monte Sano (including the trails on the Land Trust side of the mountain). Very little of it flows well (like the trails at Coldwater Mountain, Cloudland Canyon/Five Points, or Oak Mountain). I've also been told that the Huntsville Land Trust has plans to build mountain bike trails on Chapman Mountain, which may eventually be connected to Monte Sano if a way over or under I-565 could be built.

    5 months ago