“A pleasant trail along the east side of the Duck River Reservoir.”
— Zack Butler
Family Friendly: Trail flows well, is relatively wide, and not terribly steep.
This ride begins at the parking area near the future boat launch on the newly created Duck River Reservoir in Cullman, AL. The trail winds its way along the reservoir with gentle grades, sweeping turns, and very little in terms of technical features. This particular route is most often ridden as an out-and-back ride that ends at the CR-1669 before th Duck River Recreation Area - North extension. It is possible to follow it to the Duck River Recreation Area - West for a twenty-mile ride.
The trail begins just up the entrance road from the parking area at a small grove trees. Almost immediately it enters a clearing with excellent views of the reservoir before continuing to re-enter and exit cleared areas at random intervals. The predominantly machine-built trail drains and flows well. Although there is some climbing, it's neither long nor steep, and always followed by fun descents.
Approximately halfway to the end of the trail, there is a second trailhead at the dead end of CR-1651 on the east side of the reservoir. The second half is slightly more difficult than the first half, owing to the presence of some cleverly-built stream crossings and rock gardens at inopportune places. Nevertheless, this half retains much of the flow experienced on the first half of the trail.
Once you reach CR-1669 (there will be a bridge to the left), you can return the way you came. Or continue on the Duck River Recreation Area - North.