BREAKING: Red Mountain Park partners with RideBHM to build  first of its kind mountain bike park

Mountain Biking
Omar Fraser, local coach and competitive mountain biker. (Kathy Green)

The Red Mountain Greenway and Recreational Area Commission has entered into a concession agreement with RideBHM, LLC, to build and operate a first-of-its-kind mountain bike park on Lakeshore Parkway. The new contract will benefit Red Mountain Park, the 1500+ acre nature preserve. 

The Benefits and Location

Map
Location of the new RideBHM Mountain Bike Park. Nearby places: a) Vulcan Materials Quarry – west of the park b) Hibbetts Corporate Office – southeast of park. c) Red Mountain Park is adjacent on the Northeast side of the blue line

RideBHM will be located adjacent to Red Mountain Park on 200 acres owned by the Red Mountain Commission at the ridgeline from Venice Road to Portofino Drive.

“We’re able to accomplish several goals with this partnership,” said Chair of the Red Mountain Greenway and Recreational Area Commission Jennifer Andress. “We can answer the demand for more mountain-bike-oriented trails, activate otherwise dormant land, incubate a local outdoor recreation business, and generate revenue to support Red Mountain Park.”

According to a joint Red Mountain Park and RideBHM news release, the new mountain bike park on Lakeshore Parkway will offer the following: 

  • 2 climbs
  • 5-6 unidirectional downhill trails
  • A  “base camp” including skills area

RideBHM’s Phase 1 product will also feature a progressive range of trails, features, and amenities for mountain bikers from novice to expert. Riders will be able to purchase day passes or memberships to access the RideBHM trail system.

Partnership

Alabama State Parks
Mountain biking at Oak Mountain State Park. (Billy Pope courtesy of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources)

“We are thrilled to bring this concept to life at an incredible location in partnership with Red Mountain Park. We are collaborating with some of the best trail builders in the Southeast to create a family-friendly environment that brings people together around a common pursuit and puts Alabama on the map in the mountain biking world,” RideBHM CEO Emile Hughes shared.

“While we are excited to deliver our initial product, we also believe this is just the beginning. We plan to continue investing in high quality trails both at RideBHM and at future locations,” he added.

If you want to know more you can follow along @ridebhm on Instagram or sign up for updates and early bird offers at www.RideBHM.com

Excited about Red Mountain Park’s new RideBHM Mountain Bike Park? Let us know by tagging @BhamNow on social media

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

Articles: 2014