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Sandwiched halfway between the major metropolitan areas of Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta, Ga., is the small town and big trail dreams of Anniston, Ala., and its 4,000-acre property, Coldwater Mountain.

Local Info

More than 25 miles of trails have already been built under the direction of IMBA Trail Solutions, with up to 75 miles scheduled to be completed by 2017. To incorporate the best qualities of North America's finest trail systems, Trail Solutions is not only putting its own to work, but is inviting pro trail builders from all over the country to leave their creative signatures on the mountain. As a result, the Coldwater trails will eventually be accessible by a short ride from downtown Anniston, which itself can be reached by Amtrak train.

The mountain offers everything a rider could wish for: Explore red-dirt trails in a backcountry setting, shuttle the gravity runs and style out the optional technical lines, or enjoy scenic, entry-level trails that will stoke a novice rider's fire.

As of spring 2013, the city has contributed more than half a million dollars to help fund the trail system. In addition, Anniston's leaders are actively courting new business, planning a renovation of the Amtrack station, building paved bike paths and lobbying the Alabama legislature to allow the city opt out of the state's ban on Sunday alcohol sales. All for mountain bikers.

Camping & Lodging

Other Activities

Check out Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau, for ideas on lots of other fun things to do in some of Coldwater's surrounding towns.

Recommended Routes in Coldwater Mountain - 4

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Favorite The fun is just starting atop the 2 mile descent on Bomb Dog
Intermediate/Difficult

Bomb Dog Loop - Coldwater Mountain

10.5 mi 16.9 km 1,274' Up 388.22 m Up 1,279' Down 389.93 m Down

Bynum, AL
Favorite Small jump on Hare.
Intermediate

The Anniston Trailhead to Rock Slot and Back

9.4 mi 15.1 km 952' Up 290.28 m Up 949' Down 289.12 m Down

West En…, AL
Favorite Small jump on Hare.
Intermediate/Difficult

Coldwater Mountain Big Loop

28.1 mi 45.3 km 2,925' Up 891.65 m Up 2,932' Down 893.62 m Down

Bynum, AL
Favorite Pine forest on the backside of Baby Bear, one of the green loops on Coldwater Mountain
Easy/Intermediate

Two Bear Loop - Coldwater Mountain

3.2 mi 5.1 km 337' Up 102.77 m Up 341' Down 103.9 m Down

Bynum, AL

Coldwater Mountain Biking

  • 83 Miles 134 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 15 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 1 Difficult Trail Difficult Trails
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Trails in Coldwater Mountain - 17

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5.0 mi 8.0 km #1Bomb Dog
Intermediate/Difficult
West End-Cobb Town, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
West End-Cobb Town, AL 13 
1.9 mi 3.0 km #2Hare
Intermediate
West End-Cobb Town, AL
Intermediate
West End-Cobb Town, AL 12 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #3Baby Bear
Easy/Intermediate
Bynum, AL
Easy/Intermediate
Bynum, AL 10 
0.7 mi 1.2 km #4Trillium
Intermediate
West End-Cobb Town, AL
Intermediate
West End-Cobb Town, AL 11 
1.3 mi 2.1 km #5Goldilocks
Intermediate/Difficult
West End-Cobb Town, AL
Intermediate/Difficult
West End-Cobb Town, AL
2.1 mi 3.3 km #6Mama Bear
Intermediate
Bynum, AL
Intermediate
Bynum, AL
5.0 mi 8.1 km #7Chilhowee
Intermediate
West End-Cobb Town, AL
Intermediate
West End-Cobb Town, AL
0.9 mi 1.5 km #8Rock Slot
Difficult
West End-Cobb Town, AL
Difficult
West End-Cobb Town, AL
1.6 mi 2.6 km #9Talladega
Difficult
West End-Cobb Town, AL
Difficult
West End-Cobb Town, AL
2.6 mi 4.2 km #10Oval Office
Intermediate
West End-Cobb Town, AL
Intermediate
West End-Cobb Town, AL

Photos of Coldwater Mountain - 31

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Cody Kelly and Eric Porter sampling the goods on offer at Coldwater Mountain.
Apr 18, 2017 near West En…, AL
Elias and Joey taking a berm on the Sparkleberry downhill flow trail.
May 7, 2013 near Bynum, AL
An IMBA video to showcase trails in this region and their Trail Solutions team.
Oct 8, 2013 near Bynum, AL
The fun is just starting atop the 2 mile descent on Bomb Dog
Mar 22, 2013 near Oxford, AL
Small jump on Hare.
Feb 24, 2014 near West En…, AL
A panoramic shot of the famous Bomb Dog switchberm.  Cheaha Mountain (the highest point in the state of Alabama) is in the background.
Jun 17, 2013 near Bynum, AL
A view of the Talladega trail after the trail's only switchback.
Feb 24, 2014 near West En…, AL
Joey and Elias railing the turns on the Sparkleberry downhill flow trail.
May 7, 2013 near Bynum, AL