Horseshoe Bend Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dadeville, AL that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round.
well maintained trail that has very few elevation changes. it was dry for my visit, but i can see where it could get a little messy if you go after a hard rain particularly down in the area next to the river. As with any river area, take some skeeter spray (repellant for my Yankee friends) just to be safe. great couple of hours to explore nature as well as history.
This trail is inside Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. Horseshoe Bend was the site of a famous battle in 1814 with General (and future president) Andrew Jackson vs Creek Indians. The Creeks lost and this battle is considered to be the one that signaled the beginning of the end for the Creeks in the U.S. It is a very historic site, and the trail runs around the battlefield area and museum. As previous reviewers have noted, it's pretty flat, more like a stroll through the woods. But it is on a very beautiful section of the Tallapoosa River and there is a lot to do at the park. See the helpful link to a link to the Park's website. If you are in the Lake Martin area and are looking for a trail experience more akin to the Appalachian Trail, I recommend hiking the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association's trails that are near Martin Dam, in Walnut Hill, AL, and Jacksons Gap, AL.
For nature lovers / birders, also the park is part of the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail -
http://www.piedmontplateaubirdingtrail.com/ - this site is also a good resource for things to do nature wise around Lake Martin.
As a hiker, if you're wanting to just get out of the house and take a walk, then go for this trail. Wouldn't call it a hike --more a stroll through the woods. However, if you're not a hiker, then some of the little hills could present a problem. Not a flat hike for all 3 miles. Very pretty along the Tallapoosa River -- which we have canoed.
Very beautiful trail. The part down by the river is very quiet and peaceful. It is a flat and easy walk on the river side. Once you leave the river side then there are some hills to climb. The woods are still very open with lots to see. The trail crosses the road a couple of times which allows one to head back to the parking area if the hills become to steep. All in all it was an enjoyable two hours.