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, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
357 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Chimney Rock Trail is the Northernmost segment of the Cherokee Ridge trail system that leaves from Overlook Park. At the North end of the peninsula you get a good view of Chimney Rock and if it's a summer weekend, the boats and people jumping from the rock into the river. 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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1 month ago

generally very well marked with white blazes. one confusing section about half way on the point where the trail cuts across a wide path that looks like a (not often used) access trail. continue along the shoreline and you'll see the white blazes again.

otherwise really beautiful views of the lake with many access points (great for the dog).

2 months ago

I did this a few years ago with a group from church. About the same as the Cherokee Alpine. Great views!!!

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2 months ago

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