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Sylaward Trail at Lake Howard

 13 votes


14.9 Miles 24.0 Kilometers




1,127' 343 m


-1,127' -343 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (5°)

744' 227 m


560' 171 m




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This is a fast, flowing loop system that is 90% well-groomed singletrack.

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Family Friendly: Fishing, Boating, Pavilions w/picnic tables. Drinking water, portable restroom on premises.
Dogs: Leashed


The trailhead at Lake Howard has a single entrance to the COGS trail. COGS rolls up and down for a short distance until an intersection with the Ridge Loop. This short loop can be ridden on the way out on your return. If you continue, you'll shortly pop out onto a dirt road that runs across an earthen dam. This crossing will lead to the toughest climb on the loop, a short dirt road that climbs sharply upwards for a few hundred meters. It has a singletrack bypass to the left.

Take the singletrack left, or continue up the road to the top and go left to re-enter the COGS loop. This next short section of the COGS trail eventually pops out on a doubletrack connector. The Bill's Creek loop and Lake loop trails branch off to the right. The preferred route is to continue past the entrance to Bill's Creek and Lake; enter Lake to the right and ride that loop, then Bill's Creek, then return to the trailhead reversing the direction of the ride out.


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Nov 18, 2017
Ashley Monsrud
Nov 2, 2016
Stephen Peters
Trail Conditions are great, fast, fun, flow track 22.6mi
Aug 20, 2016
Jarod Stevenson
Don't go early, you'll run into hundreds of spider webs, not cool! But it was a very fun trail to ride! 15mi
Mar 6, 2016
Lawrence Monks
Apr 5, 2015
Russ Gowan
Feb 8, 2015
Stan Dickinson
1h 55m
Dec 2, 2014
Ian Stafford
Flowy, fun, fast! 15.2mi — 1h 45m
Oct 11, 2014
Zack Butler

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  4.3 from 13 votes


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  4.3 from 13 votes
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One of the best trails in Alabama. Smooth, fast, and flowing. After riding Coldwater, Chewacla, and Oak Mountain... i thought every trail in Alabama was covered in rocks. Its hard to find a rock on this trail. Kudos to the group that maintains it. I only wish there was another 15 miles of trails there. Jan 20, 2016
Rode this for the second time this past weekend. What a great set of trails. While not extremely technical definitely a lot of fun. Very smooth and well maintained. You can easily make it a leg burner and speed along. You can see the trail far ahead so no worries about running into others along the way. Very pretty in many spots. The Lake View trail is very pretty. Nov 13, 2016
Is there camping here? Mar 3, 2017

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