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Great place for a short backpacking trips. We were able to carry one liter of water each without running low due to the stream that the trail follows.

We started at the Cheaha State Park end of this art of trail as part of a three night backpacking trip in the area. Over the first 5-miles there are some incredible vistas over the lower land to the west. There is no water sources on this part of the trail. There are several good campsites and there is a very good area (no view) at the intersection with the Chinnebee Silent Trail. There are several fire rings and water source at that site. There are numerous water sources on the trail from the intersection to Adams Gap. There is one very steep downhill going south, and the trail generally has some tough footing in places because of the rocks.

We camped at Sweetwater Lake which has no showers, toilets or other fancy things and we loved it! We parked our cars right by the lake and set our tents right by the lake. We hiked the trail there and back which was pretty tough just because of the overall distance but there are no challenging areas though. My dog loved it!

Great unique trail. Has rocks thru out and challenging in spots.

Plenty of water along the trail and the rock gardens along the trail are a real treat for any hiker. One of the best section hikes in the state.

I give this trail 5 stars for fantastic views. Several good camping spots. Not many water sources.

Very easy with my 81 year old mother. Helping her stay active

I did Cheaha to Adam's Gap as a pacer for the Pinhoti 100. None of it was runnable at night. This was very technical with skinny slanted trails that didn't seem like they had been traversed a lot. Nevertheless, this is beautiful country and the fall colors were amazing at this time of year.

Hiked this trail in late summer so it was pretty grown up with a lot of large fire ants. The view was grown up for most of the hike but there was one beautiful over look! The map is off and takes you on an old logging road at one point. This is not a loop trail but an out and back. Overall the trail is lightly travelled and peaceful! It is challenging enough with plenty of flat stretches and nice breezes!

Didn't go on the entire hike but the first portion of it is great! Lots of terrain/scenery changes and some good lookout spots here and there. Well marked trail.

hiking
7 months ago

I hiked the entire length of the Odum Scout trail on Thursday, September 21, 2017. As Chip J. said, it is in terrible condition. We began at High Falls and ended at Turnipseed, picking up Chinnabee Silent trail at the end of Odum Scout trail. Since I've been on this trail a dozen times or more, in passable conditions, I was able to make it through the six feet tall vegetation that has grown up and reclaimed portions of the trail on the ridge tops along Cedar Mountain and Caney Head. I then decided to adopt the trail to clear it until it's passable. I am a volunteer for Wild South and our first work on Odum Scout trail began today. We brushed about 3/4 mile beginning at the High Falls trailhead. We did not get to the heavily overgrown parts but we will on the next one for sure. I will be conducting a work day on Odum Scout trail on the last or second to last Saturday of every month until it is finished. If you are interested in joining us on a work day, looks us up at www.wildsouth.org My name is Kim Waites. Thanks!

Great trail for half day adventure .

8 months ago

As of today, 9/7/2017, from the Odum Scout intersection with Nubbin Creek Trail, the Odum Scout Trail is in terrible condition. I've hiked this Trail for about 40 years and today, it was in its worst condition- downed trees and overgrown. I aborted my plans to follow it all the way to High Falls. I had started my hike at Cheaha Trailhead.
About January 2016, the Odum Scout Trail was in much better condition as I followed it all the way to High Falls.
I don't abort often, but did so today. I may try again in January or February.
****edit note:
my next hike on Odum Scout Trail, 3/2018, was a much better experience...clear trail, from end to end!

It was an accident - we meant to do the pinhoti to cave creek but ended up hiking the whole pinhoti. Anyway, beautiful hike!

Beautiful falls! Maintenance is needed on the stairs and several downed trees could be cut off the trail to make it better. The trail could be marked better as well. I however really enjoyed myself none the less. I'd definitely visit again.

Great trail for the state of Alabama.

Worst unmarked hike I have ever been on. The scenery was pathetic and because it was unmarked and over grown I see it as a very dangerous mess. I hated this trail.
There wasn't anything beautiful except the falls the very first 1/2 mile. I do not recommend.

This was the worst trail we have ever endured ever, ever, ever. OMG. Get a chain saw and clean this mess up. Even then there are no views. Nothing. The waterfalls the first .50 miles in was it. Do not go past them. Nothing but regret and sliced up legs. No less than 60 down trees etc. ugh!!!!!

camping
10 months ago

Awesome trail! Went about 2.5 miles down the right hand trail from the trail head before heading back and camping at the first sight by the trail sign and the huge rock face.

backpacking
Friday, May 12, 2017

Awesome waterfalls as you start and nice camp spots with great views later along the trail.

Great hike. Lots to see along this trail. The church & cemetery were a fantastic surprise. Saw baby rabbit, many lizards, butterflies, one small snake, many birds. Ticks were really bad at Laurel Shelter. Don't get the lyme. Not all waterways were bridged but our feet managed to stay 90% dry. Use of prescribed fire for wildlife management in this area is frequent and makes for a diverse experience. This is a Wildlife Management Area so be aware of hunting seasons.

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

I just happened to stumble across HighFalls while heading to Cheaha, and I am so glad I did. I enjoyed a bit of rock climbing before making my way to the falls, each climb took me to an even more beautiful view. I climbed across a fallen tree that stretched out in front of one of the falls and jumped right in. I didn't do the entire loop though. I just hiked to the highest falls and then turned around to come back the same way. This ended up being my favorite stop on my trip through Talladega National Forest. I would definitely wait on this one until after significant rain though. It's my understanding that the experience can differ significantly depending on the flow of the waterfalls.

backpacking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

I did it with two friends in December and it rained half the day. I still had a great time; several nice views and alot of whats great about Alabama. I would do it again. Certain parts have blazes too far apart and they require some searching.

Conquered a small part of this trail. My older two girls loved it! The views were amazing!

camping
Monday, February 13, 2017

Waterfalls are absolutely beautiful and the view at the top of the mountain is amazing! However, the trail is poorly maintained in some areas and completely disappears at one point if you take a right where it loops.

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2017

Strenuous, rocky uphill grind around 3 miles in dubbed, "Stairway to Heaven". North of that, combination of rocky paths, slow grinds and relatively flat dirt paths. Water sources abundant, particularly starting from the Adam's Gap TH. Remains of a plane crash near trail, also purported to be a wrecked model-T (we could not find it) said to be near the power line easement toward the Cheaha TH and from the days a CCC camp was located on Cheaha. Several scenic overlooks. We saw several hikers, a few tent campers, dogs, and a hammock camper.

Beautiful hike following a creek the whole way and rewarded at the end by awesome lake.. ended up being about 7 miles to the lake and back, I thought we would hike through an old 1800s cemetery but that's a little east of the trail but highly recommend this hike!!!

Very nice scenic walk along a creek culminating with a beautiful view of Sweetwater lake. Area around the dam is good for a picnic or campsite.

hiking
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Waterfalls were gorgeous after all the rain we've had (and needed)!

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