Bethel Creek to Mill to Falling Sink to Carpenter Trail

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Bethel Springs Nature Preserve

Bethel Creek to Mill to Falling Sink to Carpenter Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New Hope, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.3 miElevation gain426 ftRoute typeLoop
dog friendlyHikingrunningForestWaterfallWildflowersMuddy
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Bethel Spring Nature Preserve is a 360 acre property on Keel Mountain with 200 acres open for outdoor recreation. The preserve currently offers hikers around two miles of free trails to explore from dawn to dusk daily, including upland forest, working farmland, historic sites, an environmentally-significant spring and creek, as well as one of Madison County’s largest waterfalls. Gravel parking lot is free and has room for approximately 20 cars.

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Barb Higgins
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Riley Holland
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Hiking

A little muddy and going up was a leg burner, but the falls were peaceful and pretty.

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Chelsea Riddle
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Walking

bones!

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Thomas Falcon
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Melanie Thomas
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Hiking

Come here often but never “record” to review. It’s a great trail that is well maintained.

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Heather Dykes
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Mike Clark
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HikingMuddy

A nice short hike that leads to an excellent waterfall, dropping into a huge sink hole. It's a bit steep and muddy in spots when the conditions are wet, but the waterfall is well worth it.

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Joseph Johanesse
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Hiking

Great trail, the waterfall is double or triple falls, especially after rainfall or wet season. The trail is good as well, nice incline and challenge. Short trail but very scenic and nice

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Amanda Bailey
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Hiking

Nice trail. Tough in spots, but we took our time and thoroughly enjoyed the trip!

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John Clarke
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Did this hike on Sunday 11-15-20 with my wife and 11 and 14 year old girls, and again on Monday 11-16-20 with two small dogs. Hike was perfect distance, took about 1.6 hours to do the loop with about 20 minutes of time at the falls, by myself with the dogs took just about an hour. Counterclockwise if you want more gradual climb, but longer distance to the falls. Clockwise for the opposite. Fall area is beautiful, falls dump into a small sink located on the north end of a large bowl. Really pretty. Rained a small amount on Saturday morning and the falls were going pretty good. Small ruins of a rock structure just south of falls on Milk trail. I could see the area being very slippery if it had rained recently. This trail was shorter and not as steep as nearby Lost Sink Trail.

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Steven Ryals
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Hiking

This is a more difficult hike than you'd expect based on the distances. And it's really slick coming down if any rain comes in. But the falls are worth the hike in my opinion, very beautiful!

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Kirk Hossley
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Molly Hand
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Beautiful well maintained and the falls were beautiful! Definitely a favorite hike! We did this in a counter clockwise direction and it was lovely.

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Lila Leath
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John Rogers
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Mary Lee Gaffin
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HikingGreat!

Moderately challenging, indeed. I enjoyed the windy, rocky trail. Probably near my limit terrain-wise with dogs on leash though. It was a beautiful fall day. Conditions were dry, but the waterfall was running- beautiful! I could see this trail being quite precarious in wet conditions.

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Andrew Comer
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HikingRocky

Accidentally missed the exit loop and added an extra mile to the hike

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DAVID RODGERS
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HikingGreat!

Nice, short challenge.

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Johnny George
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Sean Briggs
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christina truss
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Its a nice trail. clearly marked. and it moderate forsure.

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Tracy E
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Hiking

Great hike with lots of nice rock formations and a natural waterfall. It was a good mix of rocky and flat. Got your heart pumping in spots, but wasn’t an exhausting hike. Lots of cool things to see along the way and a nice little creek on the way in and out for the dog to cool off. The waterfall in the middle is nice and imagine it’s better when there has been more rain.

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Alex Go
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HikingGreat!

Good marking on the trail. Very rocky and steep in some places, flat in others. Good for kids. Waterfall is exciting.

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Sean Briggs
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Brandon Mobley
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Great hike, well worth the walking investment to get to the falls

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Sean Briggs
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Jennifer Sherman
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ShaVonne Cammack
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. 95% uphill, however the waterfall makes it all worth it!

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Daria Elle
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Hiking

I about died. I couldn’t breathe because it was so muggy. I made it a mile in a half in and had to come back down.

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Christina Bowsher
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Solid up hill but worth the hike to get to waterfall.

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