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Kowaliga Bay Loop Trail

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Eclectic, Alabama

Kowaliga Bay Loop Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Eclectic, Alabama that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 252 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

river

views

This trail is apart of the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trails at Overlook Park.

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5 days ago

Another beautiful trail through the woods and along the lake.

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1 month ago

Another great day of exploring Lake Martin’s shoreline and the surrounding bluffs. We linked the Cherokee Alpine Ridge Trail and the Kowaliga Bay Loop Trail for a total of 5.49 miles. Although not nearly as strenuous as the nearby Deadening Trail, the CART offered plenty of scenic views, rock gardens to climb up and over and a good assortment of small wildlife. Well maintained and marked.

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1 month ago

Trail was fun with great scenery!! Watch for snakes along the water!! Not bad for children either. Took 5 kids between 8-13 and we all lived to tell about it.

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2 months ago

It was a great trail overall. My gps tracked the mileage to be closer the 3.5 as opposed to 2.2. Some spots on the trail need improved marking, which may be how I ended with longer mileage. No big deal deal though; it was still a good trail with some nice views along the way.

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2 months ago

Starts out at a wonderful overlook spot and descends to lakeside, making for a nice variety of views and terrain. The pine straw cover is particularly thick in some parts, and there are a few spots where you could make a wrong turn if you aren't looking for trail markers, but overall a great way to spend the afternoon! We will definitely head back to add this loop in with the others in the area to make a more extensive day hiking.

6 months ago

Best way to start the new year. Great trail ,lots to see

Great hike late November. Lots of leaves made trail finding sometimes tricky. Loved it.

Nice trail! Nice views!

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10 months ago

I just started hiking so this trail was very difficult for me, but it was worth the effort for the beautiful lake views for most of the hike. I felt that some areas of the trail were really narrow and a few areas I was confused as to where the trail continued, but I found my way. The parking area has a beautiful overlook of Lake Martin and there are different hiking trails that vary from 1 mile to 7 miles, easy to moderate.

Mon May 20 2019

Wonderful mix of shade and sun, hills and shoreline.

Wed Aug 15 2018

Really nice trail with some good views of the lake. It has a little bit of everything from rocks, run off creeks, hills, lake just an enjoyable trail.

Sat Jun 09 2018

Well marked. Beautiful scenery near the lake.

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Sun Feb 11 2018

Gorgeous hike with plenty of lake water for your dogs to drink. Well marked and well maintaned trail. I hiked the Alpine Ridge Trail plus Kowaliga Bay trail for around 5 miles in about 2.5 hours (moving pretty quickly without stopping for breaks but without rushing). Some uphill and downhill but nothing strenous compared to hiking in mountainous areas or high elevations. No restrooms/port-a-potties or trash cans. Pack in pack out. No camping. Lovely views and picnic tables at parking area. Dog friendly.

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Sat Dec 30 2017

Hiked this with my sister in the winter after Christmas. It was cold for Alabama but not too bad. Warmed up pretty quick once we got going. It is rated easy to moderate but if you are out of shape (like me) it is hard. Lots of hills and beautiful views. Can't wait to hike it in the summer. Lots of virws of Lake Martin and rocky areas making for a fun and challenging hike. Trails go from 1 mile up to 7.5 miles. Brand new picnic tables and resting area at trail head. Great trail.

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