Black Creek Trail is a 2.9 mile loop trail located near Gadsden, AL that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.
trail is in great shape in wooded area, not a fan of the last mile so I turned around and backtracked 2.0 miles
Great trail that follows the river. Lots of gravel on this trail, would not recommend vibram five fingers barefoot running shoes. Rocks are big enough to roll an ankle on - wear actual sneakers or hiking boots. For more trail running/smoother dirt packed stay on the inner trails within the trees.
lived 3 miles from the falls last few years today was the first time hiking this is a great trail will be back
Great trails. Well maintained, plenty of options for different levels of riders. Beautiful scenery.
I'll add stars when they add more trails. :-)
I just went out here for the first time. I used my mountain bike and had a great time. Great trails for hiking, trail running, or mountain bikes. I highly recommend this area. I had to make myself leave. The trails are well maintained and can provide a challenge in some places. Can't wait to go back!
LOVE the Black Creek Trail system. Great signage and scenery. Good job, Gadsden!
The Black Creek Trail system is in great shape. Signage is now out on the trails at intersections and beginning and ending points. You can also pick up a map at the Campground office or at Greater Gadsden Area Tourism Visitors Center.
I've run Black Creek Trail and the interconnecting trails in the woods. I had a great time running them, good challenging hills. Just like Hugh said the basic trail is short crushed rock, but the interconnecting trails are much looser. Poor signage when I was out there, but even if you get lost you aren't far from civilization. The area around Noccalula Falls is great, trails to run or walk, prettiest when the water level is high enough for the falls though.
The Black Creek Trail is a dynamic trail that is being improved on by the City of Gadsden. The trail itself is 1.7 miles long and made of crushed stone. Six feet wide. It is an out and back trail. Starts at the Wedding Chapel at Noccalula Falls Campground. It winds down along Black Creek to Black Creek Rd. You can access it at this end as well and walk up to the Chapel. You can park at the Etowah Rescue Squad building if you access the trail at this end. This trail has several overlooks with benches, etc and is wheelchair accessible.
The City of Gadsden in Fall 2013 constructed about 4 miles of inter-connecting multi-use trails suitable for mountain biking, hiking, trail-running, etc. These trails are not wheelchair accessible. You can access these trails from several places on the Black Creek Trail. They currently don't have names or signage, but that is being addressed at this time and over the next few months we should see this situation change.
Noccalula Falls Campground offers a great location to spend a few days while exploring the trails. Coldwater Mountain is about 40 minutes away and Oak Mountain is about 75 minutes away if you would like a couple other great hikes/bikes.