Tannehill Historic Ironworks State Park has an atmosphere unlike any other. With the historic furnace, Iron and Steel museum, cotton gin, grist mill in addition to 45 other historic buildings and exhibits, it has a feel of a time when everything moved at a slower pace. Though this might not sound like a place that mountain bikers would be excited about, BUMP in cooperation with Tannehill, The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and Alabama Department of Community Affairs have worked hard to change that. In the Tannehill State Park which includes 200 feet of elevation change, interesting topography, rock outcroppings and creeks, lays a variety of sweet trails that range from technical and rocky or smooth and fast singletrack to quaint historic doubletrack working its way through the 1500 acres of pine and hardwood forest.
In November of 2009 BUMP began construction of the single track mountain bike trail, completing the first 1.4 mile Furnace Quarry Trail. BUMP applied for a federal Recreational Trail Program grant and a Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham grant to fund the additional mileage. Through volunteer labor as well as a contracted professional trail builder, 12.4 miles of single track have been added. With the previous doubletrack loop comprised of the Iron Road, Stagecoach Road, and Slave Quarters Trail, Tannehill now boasts over 16 miles of trail.
There are two trailhead kiosks. The North Trailhead is located near Farley Field at the base of the Montevallo Stagecoach Road. The South Trailhead is beside the Collins house just behind the Iron and Steel Museum. There are Trail Maps located in the kiosks and they can also be picked up at the country store or downloaded here. The trail system is made up of several different loops that are color coded on the trail map as well as the trail signage. All trails are bidirectional.
For more information.. visit www.bump.org/trails/tannehill/
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