I think this is a great trail for anyone looking to just get outdoors for a couple of hours. There are some steep areas but it isn't too complicated. Definitely keep an eye out for the trail signs so that you stay on the correct trail. There are several that intersect and/or break off from each other. We had no trouble seeing them though so as long as you're paying attention they are easy to spot. I really enjoyed this trail and will definitely be back!
Zachary G. on Bill and Marion Certain Trail
Probably one of my favorite quick in town hike-walks. For an experienced hiker this is definitely rated easy. The hike itself takes no time at all, but provides one of the best views of the Huntsville area once you get out to the power line pass area where the trees have been cleared. Worth checking out if you get a chance.
Zachary G. on Fanning Trail
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.
This is a great hike in the area. Once you get away from the road, it is very quiet and features lovely views. My boyfriend and I loved the benches at the overlooks where we could sit comfortably and enjoy the views. One short part of the trail was overgrown. Overall, very enjoyable hike. We'll be doing this one again.
Had great hike from this trail head on a couple of the trails that intersect this main trail. The Rail Bed trail is very hard being on the old rail bed, the rocks used for the bed are larger than modern railroad rocks and very treacherous to traverse after the rain the day before. We hiked 3/4 of the trail and picked up the Fagan Springs trail and found the spring. It was cold and clear. Very refreshing. We made our way down the mountain on the Alms House trail and found the foundation next to a creek. We began exploring for the caves when the weather changed for the worst, with a menacing sounding thunder storm coming up on the opposite side of the mountain from us. It was a fast ascent through the trail system to get back to the Trail Head that was very changing. My only negative would be that the falls and creek were mostly dry this time of year.
Had a great hike on this trail. Very easy to traverse. Lots of over looks and rest sites. My only negative would be the amount of foliage at the over looks obstructing the view. Will defiantly go back in the late fall or winter to get the "Big Picture". Also came up on a downed power line at the 2.5 mile marker. A storm the night before blew a tree down on it. Was lucky to see it in time. I notified the park rangers and it was taken care of by the power company.
Today was our first time on the NP trail. The hike was good but the highlight was when a small fawn, about 18"H×18"L came right up to me and sniffed my leg. I've never had that experience before, at least not in the wild. we will definitely be back!
Matt B. on South Plateau Loop
Fantastic. Quiet easy stroll through nature. Crossed paths with a deer, a stick bug, and a number of butterflies.