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Cycling in Calhoun County

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Alabama Cycling Classic: Noble Street Festival, Sunny King Criterium & McClellan Road Race
Each Spring, Anniston becomes a haven for cyclists and pedestrians, featuring pro bike races, restaurants, music, art, running races, and more!

Cheaha Challenge & Ladiga Cruise
As a part of the Alabama Backroads Century Series, this now 124 mile bike ride is known as the toughest ride in the south, climbing Alabama’s highest point twice. Beginning in Jacksonville, this ride also features 23, 44, 62, 84 mile and more options for cyclists. For those not looking for a challenge, the Annual Cruise ride offers distances of 12, 25 or 50 miles on the Chief Ladiga rails-to-trail.

pedelColdwater Fat Tire Fest
The Festival is held annually in Anniston, AL on the second full weekend of October and kicks off on a Friday afternoon, not winding down until Sunday evening. In between, participants will enjoy a vast variety of outdoor activities, including a nighttime trail ride, a cycling movie under the stars at the trailhead, open rides on all the trails, groups rides geared for all levels, cycling-related games, a just-for-fun duathlon, a poker ride, and loads of local food, beer and music.

Iron Mountain Challenge
Each Year, this variable-length, non-competitive Gran Fondo travels along Northeast Alabama’s historic Ladiga Trail with challenging climbs through Talladega National Forest and Long Leaf National Wildlife Refuge. Ride length ranges from 25 to 100 miles depending on rider preference, with fruit, drinks and water along the path to make the experience fun for adults, kids and riders of any skill level, for riders from Calhoun County and beyond.

bike leanCycling Culture
Founded in 1992, the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association (NEABA) is a non-profit organization created to promote cycling in the Northeast Alabama area. NEABA welcomes all types of biking enthusiasts. Whether your passion is flowing down sweet singletrack, gliding down the road on skinny tires, or just cruising down a greenway trail, NEABA is for you!
Pizza Ride
This Road Ride is for ALL Levels. During the riding season, the ride LEAVES from the west parking lot of Golden Springs Baptist Church at 6:00 pm on Tuesday Evenings. Times are subject to change due to the loss of daylight in the fall.
Beers & Gears
Grab your mountain bike, your favorite after ride beverage, maybe even a "dog" or burger to throw on the grill afterwards, and head out to Coldwater Mountain for Gears and Beers social ride. The ride is held every Monday and starts at 5:30 at the Upper Coldwater Trailhead and will typically have three groups: slow, medium and fast pace. Regardless, this is a "no drop" ride, so come on out and join us! The ride ends at 7:00 pm, the perfect time to chill around the new picnic area and share your stories of the trail. The ride continues into the fall and winter months, however, you will need your lights for the trail. Also, fall and winter start times will change due to available light.
Tour de Dearmanville & Morning Route
Groups of Northeast Alabama Cyclists post to the Northeast Alabama Cycling Community page when they plan to ride sertain routes and the pace, generally leaving from the Dearmanville Post Office or Golden Springs Baptist Church between 5:00-5:30 A.M.

Area Trails
Cheaha State Park
Just twenty miles from Anniston, Cheaha State Park, the highest point of Alabama, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts or those just wanting to catch a breathtaking sunset. With its trails and climbs, and swimming, the park has it all, including hotel accommodations and the Cheaha Express Mountain Bike Trail. (Map)

ladigaChief Ladiga Trail
Anniston/Weaver/Jacksonville/Piedmont
The Chief Ladiga Trail currently runs 32.5 miles from the Alabama/Georgia line into the City of Anniston. As Alabama’s first Rails to Trails project, this paved recreational trail follows the former Seaboard/CSX Railroad and connects to Georgia’s 63 mile Silver Comet Trail, making Ladiga part of the longest paved rail trail in the U.S. for walkers, bikers, skaters, strollers and more. (Map)

Choccolocco Park
954 Leon Smith Parkway, Oxford, 256-342-0174
This sports an recreation venue hosts athletic events  and features water and natural resources, picnic pavilions, walking and biking trails, and a Boundless Playground.

Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail
Off Hwy 202, Anniston
Located on 4000 acres of Coldwater Mountain in Anniston, this brand-new trail offers both 1.5 mile beginner loops, for riders of any level, and a 10 mile Blue Loop for intermediate riders. The trail is open to hikers and runners as well. Currently, more than 25 miles of trails have been built under the supervision of IMBA Trail Solutions, with more than 75 miles of trails scheduled to be built. For more information, visit www.neaba.net. (Map)

ladiga 3Henry Farm Mountain Bike & Running Trails
351 Henry Road, Jacksonville
Located on the mountain adjacent to the Henry Farm Baseball Fields and parking lot, these trails are great for beginners and experienced riders and runners, with rock features and gradual climbs.

Iron Legs Trail
Take I-20 to exit 188 go north on Golden Springs Rd to Choccolocco Rd, turn right go approx 10 miles turn left on Bains Gap Rd, and parking is available 100 yards on the right. (Map)

Weaver Skate Park & BMX Track
Elwell Park, 500 Anniston Street, Weaver, 205-283-3934
With modular ramps and lighting, this skate and BMX park is perfect for all ages and experience levels.

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Anniston, Al 36201

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