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Black Creek Trail is a 2.8 mile loop trail located near Gadsden, Alabama that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles
160 feet

dogs on leash



mountain biking

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20 days ago

Nice, simple walk on gravel trail!

1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

Great trails Rocky fun and exhausting towards the end

2 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

7 months ago

Nice views Great paths Marked well Would do it again

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Great short trail with a slight incline.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Amazing local trail

Thursday, September 08, 2016

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

Monday, August 22, 2016

Great hike!

Monday, March 21, 2016

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.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

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

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

great hike!!!!

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 03, 2015

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

mountain biking
Thursday, April 09, 2015

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!

Friday, April 03, 2015

LOVE the Black Creek Trail system. Great signage and scenery. Good job, Gadsden!

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Black Creek Trail system is in great shape. Signage is now out on the trails at intersections and beginning and ending points. You can also pick up a map at the Campground office or at Greater Gadsden Area Tourism Visitors Center.

trail running
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I've run Black Creek Trail and the interconnecting trails in the woods. I had a great time running them, good challenging hills. Just like Hugh said the basic trail is short crushed rock, but the interconnecting trails are much looser. Poor signage when I was out there, but even if you get lost you aren't far from civilization. The area around Noccalula Falls is great, trails to run or walk, prettiest when the water level is high enough for the falls though.

mountain biking
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The Black Creek Trail is a dynamic trail that is being improved on by the City of Gadsden. The trail itself is 1.7 miles long and made of crushed stone. Six feet wide. It is an out and back trail. Starts at the Wedding Chapel at Noccalula Falls Campground. It winds down along Black Creek to Black Creek Rd. You can access it at this end as well and walk up to the Chapel. You can park at the Etowah Rescue Squad building if you access the trail at this end. This trail has several overlooks with benches, etc and is wheelchair accessible. The City of Gadsden in Fall 2013 constructed about 4 miles of inter-connecting multi-use trails suitable for mountain biking, hiking, trail-running, etc. These trails are not wheelchair accessible. You can access these trails from several places on the Black Creek Trail. They currently don't have names or signage, but that is being addressed at this time and over the next few months we should see this situation change. Noccalula Falls Campground offers a great location to spend a few days while exploring the trails. Coldwater Mountain is about 40 minutes away and Oak Mountain is about 75 minutes away if you would like a couple other great hikes/bikes.

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