Martin Lake

MODERATE 12 reviews

Martin Lake is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dadeville, Alabama and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and fishing and is best used from October until December.

3.5 miles 718 feet Loop

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1 hour ago

hiking
28 days ago

Fun trail with good views of Lake Martin and Chimney Rock. The trail is moderate with some fairly steep sections. Just over 4 miles including the walk to and from the parking lot. Trail is well-marked, but the fallen pine straw made for some slippery conditions. The best views are on the second half of the hike, and there are a few good spots to stop and relax on some boulders. Will definitely be returning soon.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

I spend 2.5 hours in this Deadening Alpine trail in a anticlockwise direction. the way heading north is walking at middle of the mountain, easy and no much good view, but on the way back, heading south, the route is as low as near to the water, many rocks and up and down. A good view of the lake, too.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is actually called "The Deadening Alpine Trail"

I am from a Fort Benning and I often drive several hours to go up to North GA and Tennessee to do a lot of hiking on the Appalachian Trail. This trail is much closer and is just as cool. It is a little less challenging with out the major elevation gain as in the Mountains but I would say it's in the same ballpark.

I wouldn't recommend this trail if you are looking for an easy nature walk but if your looking for a challenge or wanting to get a work out in this is the spot. There are steep cliffs and tight areas. The views are amazing. I wish I would have found this place awhile ago.

I am looking forward to doing other trails in the area such as Cherokee Alpine Trail and the Smith mountain fire tower trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Steep ridges. The leaves and pine straw make for slippery footing in dry weather. Nice views of the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

I'm in agreement that this trail is moderate. The first part of the trail is a back woods hike that is a pretty easy trek. As the trail gets closer to the lake, the terrain becomes a little more difficult and the natural rock formations start get interesting. Along the way there are some very good lake views. At times there are some difficult areas to maneuver around, all-in-all a great hike. The hike is 4-miles including walking to and from the parking area.

If you don't have them, I would recommend some trekking poles, these were very helpful in some of the steeper ups & downs in the trail.

hiking
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birding
1 year ago

Fun trail, difficult at times. Well marked.