Chimney Rock Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dadeville, Alabama that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.2 miElevation gain357 ftRoute typeLoop
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The Chimney Rock Trail is the Northernmost segment of the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trails at Overlook Park. At the North end of the peninsula, there is a good view of Chimney Rock. The lead segment of the trail is an easy walk that runs along the ridge, mostly through pine forest. There are some neat rocky outcrops along this segment but, they're not at all difficult to navigate. The second mile takes you on a quick but easy descent to the edge of the water looking upstream of the Tallapoosa River toward Chimney Rock. On the right as you descend, there is a narrow quiet area. From the northern point the trail turns south and follows the water's edge along the river for approximately a mile into another quiet backwater area. As the trail turns back uphill there is a neat little cool, secluded wet area with lots of ferns and mosses. If the sun is low, it's a good spot to stop for a minute before you turn uphill back toward the end of the trail. Along the uphill, there are signs leading to the Kawaliga Bay Loop (1.25 mile) and another to take you onto the main Cherokee Ridge Alpine (3+ Miles). The whole walk is just a little over 3 miles with a couple of detours. There's a couple of places along the river to hang a hammock if the mood strikes (and if you brought a hammock). The elevation changes are mostly gradual and not difficult. Some of the hillsides are slippery due to the thick mats of pine straw. A few places along the river are worth keeping a hand on kids or any clumsy members of your party - the edge of the trail and a 20 foot fall into 2 feet of water are pretty close together.

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Hunter Thorington
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Trail was in good condition and well marked.

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Kelly Grills
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Byrd Moore
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Byrd Moore
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Kevin Kinsey
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Clarence Simmons
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was a great day to hike , nice and cool . trails in good shape a few fallen trees after last week's storm.added the two side trails for a total of 6.5 miles.

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Tori Torres
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Went during a 40% chance of rain. It down poured! Still had a great time. missed one of the turns so our hike was more of an out and back. Trail is not marked backwards so make sure to keep eyes open for marker. Was hard to see through the rain. Nice wooded trail along the water.

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Ron Creel
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Janice Arnold
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Nice but still like a sauna!!!

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Sherry Marnell
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Great variation of terrain and ups and downs. Beautiful views!

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Robb Wilson
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Fun hike, nice lake scenery.

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Andy Donaldson
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Trish Defrieze
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Katelyn Nelson
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It was a very enjoyable trail with great views of the lake. It had a great mix up of terrain.

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Paul Boucard
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I’ve hiked this trail many times and love it. It’s a good mix of forest and along the lake.

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Jimmy Long
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This trail had moderate climbs and a few areas that will test your footing. It is a good mix and one we do often

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John Anzalone
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My daughter and I really enjoyed this trail. Full of hardwoods so not like the pine trails. Really beautiful. We did make a wrong turn so when you get to the point which is the halfway mark pay close attention to the blazes. We got on an access road and wound up hiking down a hill to get back to the trail that hugged the water. This is a moderately strenuous hike but the last incline will remind you that you have a pump in your chest.

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John Bloch
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This is, IMHO, the 2nd best trail in the quad system of trails on Lake Martin. You could easily tie this in with the Kowaliga Bay Loop and the southern portion of the Cherokee Alpine Trail, giving you close to 8 miles. The trail has a nice rock garden and plenty of lakeside walking with a nice view of Chimney Rock at the 1/2 way spot.

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Michael McLendon
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Another well maintained Trail by the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association! This is probably my new favorite moderate trail with some nice views and challenges along the way. If you are looking for extended mileage beyond the 3.2 here, you will have an opportunity to connect with the other trails in the system before your exit point to the parking area.

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Paul Boucard
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Great trail with elevation and plenty of time along the lake.

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Caroline Shubert
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Great trail, nice hills and views of the lake. Lots of bugs. At 8a there was only one other car and didn’t cross a single person on the path but by 11 when we left, the parking lot was full.

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Travis Jackson
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Great trail. Enjoyed every bit. Could be strenuous for some but not to bad at all. Our group made it in about an hour and a half with several little breaks along the lakeshore here and there. Bug spray needed though!

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Alexandra Jordan
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Getting to the time of year where there are a fair number of spider webs on the trail. For people looking for a socially distant hike, I wouldn’t recommend this. We arrived at 9:15am on Saturday morning and the parking lot was full. When we finished at 11:45am, there were more cars parked along the road and lots of people at the picnic tables.

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Eric Lasseter
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Sue Rodger
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Lovely trail dotted with benches at ‘view’ spots. Pleasant 2 hour hike, but not for small children.

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Seth & Kristal Berry
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Very beautiful and marked well!

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Hal Walker
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Good trail but could use update on markers. Got off of trail today and followed primitive road to Overlook, we were about a half a mile from the trail entry. Need to do the others soon.

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Jonathan Auman
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Great trail. If you don’t enjoy the company of spiders, wait till winter.

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