Day Trips in Central Alabama?

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by DougD, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. DougD

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    looking for ideas of day trips in Alabama. I'm in Birmingham and looking for dirt/gravel roads, etc.

    thought about the lower talledega forest....haven't been there in years.

    suggestions?
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  2. RobN.

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    Up 231 to Oneonta, and up 75, or 79 to Lake Guntersville. All the smaller county roads that I have been on around there are good roads, with nice scenery.

    Pick a direction & head out.

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  3. mlw78

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    ^^^ I like that. That's the beauty of adventure it can be anywhere.
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  4. PhillipsMetal

    PhillipsMetal Been here awhile

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    I have been doing some riding south of Birmingham in the Cahaba Wildlife Management Area. It starts in Helena and extends south past West Blocton. There are a ton of dirt roads running through old mining areas and a lot of these roads run near the Cahaba River. Lots of neat sites, varied terrain and historical sites.

    I am going to ride a few more roads and put up a ride report soon.
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  5. Yankee Dog

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    If you want some gravel try this one. it aught to be good for a day trip.

    Head toward Taaladega and hop on 77 south. about halfway to Ashland turn left/east on to CR209 (Horns Lake Road)

    about a mile or so in turn left onto Skyline Drive at the cemetary it turns to gravel shortly thereafter. Stay on Skyline until it meets 181 and turns to pavement.


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    Take the pig trail back down. SR 281 (Cheaha Rd). This one is pavement, but its pretty rough.

    Have a good time.
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  6. ShadySmurf

    ShadySmurf Does Own Stunts

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    Lurking this thread. I have relocated to southeastern Alabama and so far haven't found anything to spectacular. My scouting trips are starting to get bigger and northier :D.

    Anyone riding this weekend within a couple hours of Ft Rucker that doesn't mind a tag along let me know! I'm on a 990 ADV R.
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  7. sdthorpe

    sdthorpe Adventurer... yeah right!

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    I love Alabama...

    Check my two reports below for some 'bama dirt porn; especially "the toonamint trip" one. Can't wait to get back over there....
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  8. ShadySmurf

    ShadySmurf Does Own Stunts

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    Yeah, northern Alabama looks good, like I said my scouting trips are getting northier. I am used to having some great roads 10 minutes away, not 3 hours...Hoping I just haven't found it yet. :freaky
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  9. Yankee Dog

    Yankee Dog Long timer

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    GSBS, an inmate here, wrote a book on riding in Alabama. This is the website for it. I dont know about your neck of the woods but he nailed a lot of the greats up here in the North half of the states.


    http://motorcyclingalabama.info/
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  10. ShadySmurf

    ShadySmurf Does Own Stunts

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    My wife got me that book as a gift :D. I guess it's just this location as the black hole of adventure riding. Seems to be good groups of people in every direction from here, all about 3 hours away. I have no problem doing 500+ miles in a day, it's just the 3 hour trip to start the day is a little lame.

    I'm working on the routes in that book, trying to tie them into a route from my location. Unfortunately even the book routes for this area involve a lot of highway. I think this weekend I'm going to head north and find some of the central Alabama routes and start working there.

    Thanks for the info though.
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  11. Yankee Dog

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  12. sdthorpe

    sdthorpe Adventurer... yeah right!

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    What town are you in?
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