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Always enjoy my hikes here. The flowers along the trail in the Spring are beautiful - my favorite time of year to hike this trail. Summer hikes are doable. Hot but manageable with water and frequent rest stops. There are shortened trails so if it’s too hot you can opt for these trails. Late Fall and Winter hikes are enjoyable with the cooler weather and less humidity.

Great trail with great views of the lake.

Amazing trail. I brought my 6 and 2 year old children .

Very well maintained trails thanks to the volunteers and the local boy Boy Scout troop’s Eagle Scout project! Very quiet area and lovely experience! I will be back!
Be sure to bring some bug spray!

1 month ago

I enjoyed my hike on the red trail (7 Miles). More trail markers for clear directions would have been helpful but the trails were well-defined and good.

It was good for what it is the trail is more of a path until the end of you go past the first overlook there’s a second one and a trail that takes you down to the river!

If you go past the trail head in the parking lot, there is a road access that turns into a paved access. A lot easier for those needing to use strollers and such.

Awesome hike trails marked clearly. really enjoyed this hike beautiful on rock mountain.

This really isn’t terribly well maintained and I wouldn’t advise taking a wheelchair on it.

I really enjoyed this trail. The parking is great right on the river off of Gold Mine Road . The trail itself is easily navigated with some great views. Quite a bit of elevation gain in the second half of the hike, but it is well worth it. Nice benches along the way to stop and take a break. I was definitely challenged at times with some steep climbs. I hiked the last mile plus from the summit in a toad strangler of a thunderstorm, but I had my frogg toggs so all was well. Saw lots of wild life ( deer, turtles, butterflies, eagles ). The guys at the Cherokee Ridge Hiking Association do a great job on all their trails systems. Will definitely be back!

2 months ago

Overall a fun hike. The hills are a little brutal if you are out of shape like me. Would have been better if the soles of my boots wouldn’t have gotten messed up, made the hills pretty tough. Lots of spots for the dogs to cool off in the creek. I did “dispose” of a copperhead that was on the trail, but that’s just part of hiking in Alabama.

Beautiful waterfall nice hike

Was a beautiful trail. Well marked with awesome views.

Actually a really nice and interesting walk. I was hesitant, but so glad we went. Really nice bathrooms was a big plus!

Multiple trails for those who want a shorter workout or one less strenuous. One beautiful section travels next to Lake Jordan. Plenty of parking.

Awesome spot. Lots of history, reading, fire tower view is amazing if you aren't afraid of heights. I would not recommend this as easy either. It's short but steep in parts as well as rocky. May be difficult for people that are not sure footed, kids would be fine...lots to climb on.

2 months ago

Pretty hike with a few short steep hills. It was harder than expected, with pine straw making some steep downhill stretches a bit treacherous, near the end when we were fatigued. We walked clockwise, and I wonder if we might have been safer going counterclockwise, doing the steeper part first, and uphill, before fatigue set in. It took us older hikers (56, 63, 65) about 2°40’ to close the loop.

The trail is nice and the waterfall is beautiful. The only reason I gave this trail three stars is because of its “caves.” My husband and I love exploring caves and were super excited to learn that there were some in the area. Unless we totally missed something, the only caves along the upper portion of this trail are rock overhangs. They are not really caves with passages. If you want an intense hike leading to a beautiful waterfall, go for it! If you’re visiting just for the “caves,” you might disappointed.

Beautiful beach on Alabama's last free-flowing river - tons of space, the river is clean and safely fast. Great landing for canoes and awesome place to swim in the Summer.

Scenic trail with great views of the swamp/lakes. Numerous benches. Lots of mosquitoes so wear lots of bug spray. Overgrown in some parts but not too bad.

3 months ago

Great park for exploring the battle of horseshoe bend. The trails are lovely and the entire park has good signage. You can walk or drive. We stopped in and talked to the ranger who recommended a hybrid walk that was a mix of trail and road it was great.

Only downside was a lack of trash cans. There are some at the visitor center but that was all. Otherwise no complaints. We found the trails very well kept for May. No ticks on us or the dog.

good time not a hard trail nice hike...

3 months ago

Needs to update directions coming from the North. There is a campground near the trails (Swayback Campground) which allows tent and RV camping for those that want to spend some time on the lake, trails, river.

3 months ago

This is a great little Nature Preserve. The trail shown here is a mild amble along the creek side and not what I consider a hike. Other trails not shown here include the Narrows Ridge trail (3.2mi.), the Thompson Trace trail (1.4mi.) and the Handby Hollow trail (0.9mi.). These three trails intersect at several points throughout so it’s easy to get some extra miles. I started at the entrance gate and hiked the Narrows trail, which is a loop, and then drove a very short distance to the Thompson trail head at the Recreation area. From there I hiked Thompson and connected with Hanby which made a loop back to the Thompson trail head. I got about 5 miles overall and thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s also another 0.3 mi paved trail (Highlands Trail) on the other side of the Preserve. The trails are well maintained with clearly marked intersections so it’s impossible to get confused. Go to the Turkey Creek website for hours of operation and to get a trail map ahead of time.

Loved this trail. I stayed on the black creek trail and the trees and flowers were blooming. Very pretty and relaxing.

Short, quiet and beautiful. The dog liked it too! Fresh water pumps throughout

4 months ago

Sad to see the “pond” was a stagnant, unkept spot of water. Bamboo was down over the trail.

Need to have more trail markers on the north side. Beautiful walk.

Lovely trail, especially in the spring when everything is in bloom. The views are well worth the trip. While it is rated 'easy', it is slightly steep in places, can get somewhat narrow in spots and has a few small (but easy) scrambles along the way. The trail is very well maintained.

An alternate route to the fire tower is to go by road. The road is partially paved, and while it does have a gradual incline, it is wide, and very easy to traverse. The road is also a much quicker path to the tower.

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