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On Alabama's eastern border, nestled amid gentle hills that overlook the mighty Chattahoochee River, is a cluster of four small textile mill towns—Shawmut, Langdale, Fairfax, and Riverview—all on the...
AL 7 mi Asphalt

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Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

AL - 7 miles

On Alabama's eastern border, nestled amid gentle hills that overlook the mighty Chattahoochee River, is a cluster of four small textile mill towns—Shawmut, Langdale, Fairfax, and Riverview—all on the...

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

AL - 7 miles

On Alabama's eastern border, nestled amid gentle hills that overlook the mighty Chattahoochee River, is a cluster of four small textile mill towns—Shawmut, Langdale, Fairfax, and Riverview—all on the...

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

AL - 7 miles

On Alabama's eastern border, nestled amid gentle hills that overlook the mighty Chattahoochee River, is a cluster of four small textile mill towns—Shawmut, Langdale, Fairfax, and Riverview—all on the...

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Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

Confusion

September, 2021 by vpdn5yq96s

This was hard to find and harder to find the start. No maps of the trail were posted where I parked (somewhere near 22nd). I was a bit sketched on leaving my car unattended as some rando in a pedo van was sitting there (left when I got out). Anyways, I made it 1.3 and had no clue where to go but back. Judging by the money spent on the city hall, I’m sure they could use some to pick the trash up along the trail. I wouldn’t recommend this trail without figuring the whole trail out.

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

A series of trails¿

September, 2021 by vpdn5yq96s

Took a while to figure this trail(s?). It seems that it’s broken in sections with no parking area really identified. The one I did find was a bit shifty (off 22nd st). Some rando in a pedo can was just sitting there. I couldn’t figure out why there’s trash all along the trail. Judging by the amount of money put into the trail and the city hall, you’d think it’d be clean. The section I did run was 1.3. Also, no trail map at the beginning or my end (it was an end point).

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

Nice Trail & Nice Ride

May, 2021 by stephenjohnson713

This was our first experience with this trail. I like that it's been newly paved. Not a huge amount of scenery on this trail but nice blend of small Alabama town and woods. I wish there was better signage. We got slightly confused with the 4-lane crossing because the trail just abruptly ends and you can't visibly see where it starts across the Hwy 29 4-lane. Mostly level trail. I was hoping the trail would take you down to the Chattahoochee River but it just abruptly stops once again. Would be nice if they could somehow incorporate the trail with the river. But overall, a nice ride and nice trail.

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Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

just okay

March, 2021 by megtramel

I guess I expected much more... The trail was a little confusing to follow and we wound up on a main road for half a mile. We found the correct place to cross on the way back and we’re able to avoid riding on the road other than crossing streets. There is one section going through a wooded area that was very nice.

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

rode full trail. north to south

August, 2020 by gibbs20

Parked at an old farmers market at the very north end of the trail. Rode both spurs on the south end to their ends and back 11 miles TOTAL, so 5.5 miles of trail not 7. Fresh, smooth asphalt about 40/60 shaded/sun. Nice ride, nothing special.

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

the whole trail has been newly paved!

August, 2020 by rbjlogan

So excited that this quaint little trail in valley, Alabama has been completely repaved. While you have to cross a large road for part of it(albeit only a mile and a half) it’s been greatly improved. I would suggest parking at the Langdale Mill site instead of the trail head off of 35th st. Much more visible and more traffic. So come ride this sweet little trail!!

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

we got on at the bridge and rode south. trail was newly paved a had a variety of scenery. small town living, forests, abandoned factories, a crazy mix. enjoyed the day. never went to northern section of the trail

May, 2020 by charlesclippinger

we got on at the bridge and rode south. trail was newly paved a had a variety of scenery. small town living, forests, abandoned factories, a crazy mix. enjoyed the day. never went to northern section of the trail

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

Newly paved!

September, 2019 by lisaanne514

Smooth ride and uncrowded. No traffic. At one point it seems to end but you have to cross the road to catch the rest of the trail

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

Falling on hard times......

May, 2018 by russellhays

I set out today looking for a new trail to ride. After reading the reviews I wasn't expecting much, but still decided to give it a try as it was only 30 minutes from where I live and the trail distance sounded good. I parked in the lot in Shawmut and was immediately concerned by the graffiti on all the signage. Still, I unloaded my bike and decided to take the risk. The trail still comes to an abrupt end about 1 1/2 miles into the ride. Fortunately I had read the reviews and was able to locate the next portion on the other side of U.S. 29. Other people have posted some nice pictures of the area. All I can say is the pictures are much nicer than the actual scenery now. Everything seems to be getting worse. The trail itself is in desperate need of maintenance. There are areas where it has been dug up and never repaved. It seems the City of Valley has lost interest, funding or both for keeping this trail in good condition. By the time I made it to Riverview, I had lost all desire to look for the river itself. The ride back was quick and uneventful. Overall, the area along the trail is very sketchy. As a police officer, I would not recommend anyone riding it alone. There are several areas where, if someone was so inclined, a person could be robbed very easily. Hopefully in time the City of Valley will make an attempt to clean up the trail and help it reach it's full potential. Until then, once was more than enough.

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

Did not see a single thing

July, 2014 by cowtipr

Worst trail I have ridden. I thought by the description this would be a nice trail with views. All I saw was a bad condition trail that was not very wide and backyards. I had to dodge workers that were mowing lawns. I ended up driving along the road that the trail was next to after my attempted ride to see if there was a part of the trail that was worth riding. After 7 miles of following the trail I did not find a single sight that resembled what others have posted in the gallery. I wasted 4 hours of driving to ride this trail!

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

Not Worth It

February, 2014 by nicki.smith.7547

This trail is so not worth the trip. I drove about an hour and 15 minutes to get
there and was very disappointed. Like someone else pointed out, about 1.75 miles into the ride the trail just ends with no sign of where to go from there. I knew where to go because of a previous post on here. It required the crossing of HWY 29, a fairly busy hwy. The trail from there went through some pretty rough neighborhoods. I did not feel comfortable at all as a female riding alone out here. Then the trail just ends at just shy of 7 miles, again no signs or indication.

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail

Enjoyable ride - Where is the river that runs thru it!

November, 2013 by crowculbertson

We began our ride at the northern end in Shawmut around 3:30pm and rode around to Riverview and back returning around 6:00pm. The Shawmut TH was well marked and comfortable to leave the SUV. Along the trail are historic markers that described the history of the area (good and bad). Very enjoyable to stop and read. Most of the scenery was visually appealing. We reached the Riverview and rode down California Street and saw what appeared to be a tributary of the Chattahoochee River but never saw the main river. There are spots along the trail that are hard to maneuver thru (The Fob James Drive and Hwy 29 intersection (for one)). All in all an enjoyable ride.

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