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Picture of sign at entrance to Coldwater Mountain


The trail’s got rhythm
The trail’s got rhythm
It’s got the pumptrack rhythm
The trail’s got rhythm.

I took a little license with AC/DC’s song, but riding Coldwater Mountain over the weekend, The Girl’s Got Rhythm was running through my head. It wasn’t a big stretch to adapt the chorus to fit The Big Loop--when you ride that trail, you feel the rhythm. “Because this is the first trail out here, we wanted to build something cutting edge, something that would be relevant in two or three years,” explains Rich Edwards with IMBA Trail Solutions. “We integrated rollers and berms so that you pump your way through the trail with a minimum of pedaling. It’s a particular style of riding, and one that all riders can enjoy, once they learn the trail.”

The rollers, berms, and technical trail features translate into a blast of a ride, especially down Bomb Dog, the largest, purpose-built downhill in the Southeast, according to Rich. “Lower your seat post a few inches at the top of Bomb Dog, and be sharp. This trail has some spice,” advises Rich.


Riders learned the truth of Rich’s words on Friday, June 1st, when the Forever Wild Coldwater Mountain Doug Ghee Nature Preserve and Recreation Area Coldwater Spring Trailhead officially opened. The festivities began at noon at the trailhead. A Who’s-Who- crowd of about 70 people gathered under a grey sky to hear speeches from

  • N. Gunter Guy, Jr., Commissioner, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR)
  • Greg Lein, Assistant Director, ADCNR State Lands Division,
  • Rob Grant, State Trails and Recreational Trails Program Coordinator, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
  • Tom Sauret, Executive and Regional Director, IMBA-SORBA
  • Rich Edwards, Trail Solutions Manager, IMBA Trail Solutions
  • Mike Poe, Community Relations, Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association
  • Patti Powell, Director, ADCNR State Lands Division

After the speeches, the crowd moved to the trailhead, the ribbon was cut, and the rides commenced. Here’s what a few folks had to say about their maiden ride:

This trail is a lot of fun. I’ve never ridden anything like it.
Bomb Dog is the bomb!

The view of Anniston from the trail is amazing.
I wish I had this trail in my backyard.
The Little Loop is just perfect for beginners. My son loved it!

The festivities continued on Saturday at 8 a.m. with group rides led by NEABA and pizza and refreshments served at 11:30 a.m., courtesy of NEABA and Mellow Mushroom. Riders from Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, and other parts of Alabama traveled to enjoy the trails, food, and fellowship. I saw a lot of smiles and only a few spills that day.

Coldwater Mountain trails are open from sunrise to sunset each day for your riding pleasure. Come ride the future.

Zoom! Pic by Joseph Cattoni



Images by Joseph Cattoni, Laurie Phillips, and Robin Allen