Fanning Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Huntsville, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Forest hike, moderate difficulty due to a somewhat rocky path, slight grade. Lots of benches the first half going uphill. Trail is out and back and ends out near the Cecil B Ashburn Belvin's Gap parking lot.
Great hike for getting the heart rate up! Trail is immediately up from start and changes to rolling, rocky trail through woods all the way to Carl T Jones where you can extend the hike by crossing the road and continuing on Bill and Marion Certain Trail, or turn back.
Parked down by the Southeast Church of the Nazarene, there's a good trail head. The trail itself is very clear with lots of markers and quite a few benches provided along the first half or so of the uphill. Overall the trail had interesting rock formations, forest views, and plants, but no scenic overlooks. There was one bench that looked out over a little bluff, but the view was obscured by the leafy trees, maybe it's more scenic in the cooler seasons.
It took us about 2.5 hours to get from the church trail head out to the little split that goes down towards the Blevin's Gap parking-lot and back at a pretty leisurely pace while I used a stick in front of me to clear spider webs.