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Black Creek Trail is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near Gadsden, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 121 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Camping

Hiking

Mountain biking

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Walking

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Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

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Reviews (79)
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Emmett A
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Hiking

Black Creek trail is a nice walking path but I got easily sidetracked wanting to be closer to the creek and walked down a natural drainage embankment to the water. The lower trail was much more challenging, with rocks to climb over and some side trails to get you off track. Following this trail to the falls was a great hike, but without good markings, signage, or a map available here the only feasible way to exit was to double back the same path, with a steep and rocky incline climb back to the Black Creek trail. I had gone in with a paper map from a sign at the start, but handed it off to another lost gentleman once I had made my way to the lower trail. Would definitely hike this again for the challenges and the falls, but would like to see more markers or a dedicated map for this section.

Jan Gangraw
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nice hike with spots to get in water.

lola saxby
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Hiking

Took an extra 0.4mi round trip to the suspension bridge which was worth it. Trail is rocky (added, not natural) and good for bikes.

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jan hamrick
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Fun walk for family, within thr city. Great quick getaway for a couple of hours outdoors

Russ Weaver
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Hiking

Really well marked are of trails for hiking. Lots of mountain bikers on the trails as well as runners and hikers. Family friendly for the most part, some areas of overlooks where watching littles is required but fairly flat overall. My 5 and 8 year olds did two miles with no issues. Great family friendly hiking in the city.

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Steve Ramos
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HikingMuddyRocky

Wonderful trail. Dog friendly! Highly recommend!

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Phil Gordon
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Hiking

The Black Creek Trail itself is a nice easy walking path near, but above, Black Creek. After about a mile on the trail, we walked down to the trail along the creek and this was a lot more fun for us. We walked this lower trail to the suspension bridge and then to the falls. The falls are awesome, especially if you climb down behind them. Unlike the actual Black Creek Trail, the lower path was much more of a workout and required a lot of rock scrambling.

Michael Smith
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Hiking

Very nice.

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Dave Pellegrino
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, easy to moderate. some signs confusing compared with the app. Good work out.

Madeline Lester
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Hiking

Nice, simple walk on gravel trail!

GREG KENDRICK
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Hiking

Such a beautiful place. This trail is mostly a gravel trail. I would call it a walking trail. A number of landmarks with wonderful scenery. The whole place is just awesome! This trail I would say is for all ages.

Nova Biggs
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Hiking

Nice trail. More easy than moderate if you stay on the recorded path, which I did not. Mostly well marked with some interesting side trails with neat views, such as the Suspension Bridge. Once you’re off the gravel beginning there are some boggy areas if you go after a rain but these areas were easily maneuvered. I will go again and do some of the other trails in the system.

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J Savey
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Hiking

Great trails Rocky fun and exhausting towards the end

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Kristy Smith
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Walking

This was a fun walk with the dogs. I would consider it more on the easy side. The main walk/trail is gravel path that is very well maintained. There are several side paths that are easy to follow and we'll maintained. There is one path with slightly more difficulty (but still easy enough for kids) that takes you up and under the falls. Throughout the main path there are beautiful views. It was perfect for us to get out and spend time together after a week of rain.

Marci Duckworth
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Nice well maintained and well marked hiking and biking trail along the black creek.

Bob Blom
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Hiking

Nice views Great paths Marked well Would do it again

Edward Morgan
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There's far more than 4 miles worth of trails. Come check it out be prepared to run uphill.

Melinda Killian
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Walking

My dog and I had a good time. It's been raining so the current was really strong. We had to go to the end of the trail to find a safe place for him to swim.

Cherish M.
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Hiking

This is a great trail option for something close to the city. The trail itself is more like a gravel drive and is very developed. The entry point I came in on the trail was actually at about the 1.7 mile marker so I didn't really make a loop. And it looks like the loop goes through part of the town. Where the water fall is you can see main streets and restaurants so you're not hiking "back into the woods". There is a nice park area for families and picnics and also rv parking etc. if you stay on the trail it's more of a walk. And is definitely an easy walk and not really hiking. It was disappointing at first. I consider Amicalola Falls, GA to be moderate. This is easy to me - just for a reference point. Now- if you want to do some hiking and climb up and down rocks and pathways and actually see the river and the waterfall at the bottom you have to go "off trail" to get to another trail. We went down a trail that has a wooden post by it (shown in the pics) and it takes you down the left canyon edge (as you're facing the waterfall) to get to the waterfall. This is what made the trip worthwhile to us. It has a good "basin" at the bottom of the waterfall where you can hike back behind the falls and enjoy the mist and breeze. If you go to hike - go off trail. If you go to walk stay on the path. Also check out their app for their trail system. We didn't have it - but When we went they were taking down markers for what they call the barbarian challenge - which is an alternative route with obstacles and a race they have. We used part of this challenge course to get off the main path and enjoy more underdeveloped scenery and it overlaps with some of the main trail- it might help make the trip more adventurous for those who like to do more hiking.

Colleen Stephens
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Little strenuous on the hike to the bottom but worth it when you get to the back side of the falls

Ben Salter
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Hiking

Great short trail with a slight incline.

Jack Minton
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Amazing local trail

Kim King
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trail is in great shape in wooded area, not a fan of the last mile so I turned around and backtracked 2.0 miles

Tracy Edmonson
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Great hike!

D Loch
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Walking

Great trail that follows the river. Lots of gravel on this trail, would not recommend vibram five fingers barefoot running shoes. Rocks are big enough to roll an ankle on - wear actual sneakers or hiking boots. For more trail running/smoother dirt packed stay on the inner trails within the trees.

Joseph Washburn
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lived 3 miles from the falls last few years today was the first time hiking this is a great trail will be back

Jeromy Watts
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great hike!!!!

Chris Harrison
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Mountain biking

Great trails. Well maintained, plenty of options for different levels of riders. Beautiful scenery. I'll add stars when they add more trails. :-)

Evan Wildinger
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Mountain biking

I just went out here for the first time. I used my mountain bike and had a great time. Great trails for hiking, trail running, or mountain bikes. I highly recommend this area. I had to make myself leave. The trails are well maintained and can provide a challenge in some places. Can't wait to go back!

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