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
HikingRunningDog friendlyForestWaterfallWildflowersMuddy
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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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Jenn Stacy
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Janet Hogan
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The waterfalls are amazing

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Jason Reiling
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Hiking

Great trail with awesome falls. Recommend clockwise to climb on the steepest part

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Kevin Pearson
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Gary Goucher
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JAMIE ROTH
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Awesome! Falls were beautiful. Very muddy and slippery. Took longer than normal to do the trail. Consider bringing hiking sticks and a change of shoes.

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Brandt Grau
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Jill Malliet
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Jerry Wesley
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Trails in good shape, well marked

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cindy joiner
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little rugged, had to really pay attention to the the trail markings. waterfall is beautiful.

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Theresa McGuire
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So well marked! Perfect for my first solo hike.

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James Hale
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Steep ascent to the waterfall and back down.

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Isaiah Haynes
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My girlfriend and I have been to this trail 10 to 12 times and it has been an amazing trip every single time.

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

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Ryan Mathewson
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Chelsea Riddle
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bones!

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Thomas Falcon
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Melanie Thomas
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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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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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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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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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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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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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