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Tri for Ole Glory Route

 4.0 (10)

4.2 Miles 6.7 Kilometers


75%

Singletrack

161' 49 m

Ascent

-162' -49 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

670' 204 m

High

613' 187 m

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Shared By Zack Butler

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A short ride among rockets, helicopters, and airplanes.

Zack Butler

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Overview

This ride begins across the street from the Aviation Challenge parking area and meanders through the woods and greenspace around the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. The trail was built for the July 4th, 2013, Rocket City Triathlon and is marked by patriotic ribbons attached to trees and posts.

Description

The trail begins across the street from the parking lot at the entrance to the Aviation Challenge. It is marked by patriotic ribbons and meanders through the woods between the street, the campground, and the power line easement. After a brief ride through the woods, it exits to the power line easement and climbs around the campground before exiting back through the woods on the other side of the campground. The trail then makes a beeline across the field between the campground and the Marriott and crosses the road.

After crossing the road, the trail meanders through the hilly field, occasionally passing between scattered trees before coming back to the street. The trail then runs along Governors House Drive and Bob Wallace Avenue (use the sidewalk along Bob Wallace Avenue) for a short distance and turns off of Bob Wallace Avenue on the other side of the creek next to a utility building. It then meanders through another wooded area before crossing another street.

The trail continues across the street through more wooded space before coming back to the power line easement. It curves through the power line easement before going back into the woods behind the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. This is the longest continuous section of wooded singletrack on this trail. It loops around and comes back out to the power line easement, and back to the road.

Take a left on the road and cross the bridge. After crossing the bridge, go behind the picnic area on the right (there is a gate on the road). Continue around the picnic area and the pond through the woods. There are several trail options here, but you need to get to the gravel road around the pond somehow. This area may be improved in the future. Once you get to the gravel road, continue on around the pond and take a left at the fence to get back to the parking lot.

History & Background

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center contacted Team Rocket Tri Club to produce an Off Road Triathlon to utilize the property surrounding the Center and The Huntsville Botanical Garden. Huntsville's growing need for a family friendly mountain bike/running trail located near UAH and close to town makes this a perfect venue. You'll get to see lots of airplanes, rockets and space stuff as you wind though a course that looks flat but will fool you with climbs and twists, creek crossings and jumps.

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Feb 27, 2018
G Gambino
Feb 17, 2018
Micah St John
Oct 25, 2017
Richard Mihovilich
Trail is in great condition, markings are needing some redo’s if that’s hall you have to go by. Luckily I had a map with gps to keep me on trail. 5.2mi
Oct 9, 2017
Rush Elkins
Sep 10, 2017
Tim Nave
Apr 16, 2017
Rob Cline
6.7mi
Dec 28, 2016
Josh Harris

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  4.0 from 10 votes

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#1721

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Steve Grochowsky
New Market, AL
Steve Grochowsky   New Market, AL
This trail has been completely reworked and is the site for Alabama High School mountain biking race April 3rd. Many improvement have been added... Mar 26, 2016

 
I will provide an update based on the NICA race and new routes we added... Apr 7, 2016
If you dont want to bike along the major highway, start at the parking where the map begins and ends and head around the lake along the last finishing sretch, turn left into the woods and around the aviation challenge, when you get to the road take a left then first left after bridge into the woods and then you are on the same route without going on road or into the open field like the map shows. Mar 8, 2018

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