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A real-deal gravity trail in the heart of the Southeast.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.2

KM

Singletrack

787' 240 m

High

584' 178 m

Low

52' 16 m

Up

252' 77 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Features Drops/Jumps

Lightning is downhill only.

Description

Lightning offers unique and challenging features in a gravity-style setting. This trail is not cross-country, but rather an optional, purpose built, one-way downhill flow trail.

Access to the Lightning trail is via a climb on Group Camp Road from the intersection with Garrett

Contacts

Local Club: SORBA - Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers

Jul 17, 2024: Fall Festival

May 20, 2024: New Bike Giveaway

Dec 12, 2023: Year End Review

Land Manager: Alabama State Parks

Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier with improvements by Kai Lozier

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 42 votes

#169

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  4.8 from 42 votes
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#1

in Alabama

#169

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Photos

Bill Lea catching "mandatory air" on Lightning Ridge
May 14, 2013 near Indian…, AL
This trail was a blast. Well maintained, great drop:) Video here: https://youtu.be/4iKkc0tpMvM
Sep 4, 2023 near Indian…, AL
The upper section of Lightning
Mar 27, 2013 near Indian…, AL
Gaby Bayhi grinds up the Gulch for another run on Lightning Ridge!
May 14, 2013 near Indian…, AL
My bike stares wistfully down the trail, dreaming of sweeping berms and catching air with reckless abandon.
May 14, 2013 near Indian…, AL

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May 7, 2023
Keith Conway
0.7mi — 0h 10m
Jul 15, 2020
Barry Croker
Apr 12, 2020
Nicolas Munoz
I'm new to MTB, one month in, i did the trail and completed it, crashed in the last jump, was super fun!
Jul 7, 2019
Peter White
Very fast! Extremely exhilarating!!
May 6, 2019
Jonathan Rover
Apr 4, 2019
Robert Banner
What a blast, best I've riden in a while! 1mi
Dec 15, 2018
Michael Shapin
Aug 26, 2018
Lucas Moebes
Don't take the warnings at the beginning lightly, I ignored them and almost went off the mountain! Lightning is really fun even when you're almost… 0.7mi
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