Bartram National Recreational Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews

Bartram National Recreational Trail is a 14.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Notasulga, Alabama that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
14.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
869 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

river

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

hiking
23 days ago

We hiked just the northern portion of the trail from 186 to the northern trailhead at Little Texas, which was a little over 8 miles out and back. There is plenty of parking on the south side of 186 near the trailhead for the mountain bike trail, as well as at the ranger station. The blazes and markers were not that frequent, as noted by other reviewers, but it was fairly easy to follow the trail. The elevation changes were not too dramatic, and there were few vistas. Road noise is also noticeable for a lot of trail. But we liked seeing the dogwood in bloom, and it was also handy to have LTE cell service (AT&T) on virtually the entire route. This portion of the trail may also be used for mountain biking, but I think it would be extremely challenging because there are quite a few downed trees that cross the path as well as some areas with overhanging branches.

hiking
2 months ago

Started at north end and walked the entire length. The first few miles are within earshot of a major road and there is more of this intermittently throughout the trail. The diamond white blazes are not particularly frequent along the trail. It's enough to remind you now and then that you're still on the trail. This isn't a problem for most of the way as the trail is well trod and not difficult to find, except for a swampy portion a few miles from the south end where some trees are down, there is a lot of water, and it looks like some work is being done on the trail or surroundings. Another issue is a higher than average amount of trash at the northern trailhead and a few other spots along the trail. Otherwise most of the trail seems pleasant enough, albeit not terribly exciting. Overall not a bad trail, though could be better with maintenance, and even if in perfect shape it's the sort of trail to check out if you're spending time in the area anyway, not the kind of trail to go out of your way to hike.

9 months ago

Raised close to the area, love to get on trail here

trail running
Monday, February 13, 2017

Ran from End to End, plus some of the fire roads. Kind of swampy in spots without bridges, and definitely under groomed. Would be an awesome Trail with more care.

Friday, January 04, 2013

I ride this for a change from chewacla occasionally... Much less maintenance is done here, much better once plants have died back (later in winter), however still sandy, and still some more technical climbs/drops. Best to start on west side of trail and ride east first unless you want to climb out at the end. Much less switchbacks than at chewacla ... Wear bright colors during hunting season!

hiking
Saturday, September 08, 2012

Nice, long trail from beginning to end. Scenic views are few and far between, but there are a couple. Out and back trail, but not a very fulfilling trip. You end up in a dirt parking lot after almost nine miles then turn around and go back. Overall, fairly well maintained. No complaints there, it's an outdoor trail.. Could use a water station or something, it's tough to go 18 miles on what you can carry in water. Overall pleased.

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2011

More suited for horses, great place to break one... Has gun range also, this trail is in the Tuskegee National Forest. I rated this based on horses not hiking.

mountain biking
Saturday, January 01, 2011

Bartram (North) is open to mountain biking. 8 miles out and back.

hiking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

walking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

hiking
Monday, March 21, 2016

hiking
Saturday, March 12, 2016

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

hiking
Sunday, October 03, 2010