The McClellan Development Authority (MDA) opens Phase II of the McClellan Trails adding another 5 miles of trails within the last four months. The 10 miles of trails were designed by Trail Solutions with the Phase I trails as the first specifically designed and built NICA course in the state of Alabama.
“We are very excited and proud of the mountain bike trails that the MDA has built here at McClellan,” said Julie Moss the Director of the MDA. “If you haven’t been out to see the trails whether to bike or hike we encourage you to do so; it’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors especially during this difficult time of social distancing.”
Recently a few of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) Alabama League Management Team came out to ride Phase II of the trails in hopes of incorporating part of Phase II into the NICA Melee at McClellan bike race that is scheduled for March 20-21, 2021. This will be the second race held at McClellan. This past March the race had 2000 people attend with around 600 of those bike racers. Our area is home to four teams, Donoho, Cheaha, Jacksonville and Oxford.
“The new addition to an already fast and fun trail system is really nice. It brings some more purposed fast flow down the mountain as well as big views of the valley. Sloan’s Furnace is a blast; it’s worth riding back up for multiple trips down, said Bart Davidson, Programs & Race Director of NICA Alabama. As for the NICA race, we might be able to incorporate some of it, but that’s a secret at this point. This is a trial system well worth the trip.”
Phase I of the trails are ideal for someone that is new to mountain biking with smooth climbs and fast smooth descents while Phase II provides the next level full of fast descents, rugged terrain and climbs to beautiful views. The McClellan Multi-Use Trails provided great options to meet the experience each hiker, biker, and trail runner.