Little Smith Mountain Loop Trail

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Dadeville, Alabama

Little Smith Mountain Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dadeville, Alabama that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length2.1 miElevation gain442 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsRunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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The Little Smith Mountain Trail adjoins the Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail. It descends through mixed forest to run along side Lake Martin and includes a rocky climb back up Little Smith Mountain before making a return through the woods to the trailhead.

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Rachel Hoeffner
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laura vganges
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Agreed with previous reviewers, about .5 longer than All Trails reports, and quite challenging. Also agree trekking poles would have been helpful. More difficult than we thought it would be. Fun hike, lots of elevation changes, and so pretty! Climbed the fire tower too which was fun!

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Andrea Underwood
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Bob Thornton
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paul "gotta take leak" Turney
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Laurie Barrett
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Amazing views. Hilly trail near the edge. A little scary for me but my children loved it.

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Jeff "ConeKicker" LeNoir
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paul "gotta take leak" Turney
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my favorite trail at lake martin

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Phil Smith
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Casey Phillips
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HikingGreat!

Elevation was a good challenge. The trail is about 0.5 miles longer than all trails says. Follow the white markers from the trailhead and then the pink markers. Nice views of the lake and several benches along the way to rest.

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William Latham
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moderately strenuous. will need trekking poles.

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B R
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Beautiful hike! Loved experiencing the changes in terrain and was challenging in some parts. A bit adventurous as the path was not always well marked. However, enjoyed the trail and will be back.

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Michael Sevcech
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Elahe Boskabadi
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Alice Holmes
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Great!! We ended up going on a different trail and so we got to enjoy both an easy hike and a more difficult hike!!

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James Hutto
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A great shorter hike! Not too difficult but the changes in terrain and elevation made it interesting. Great views and several benches along the way to enjoy them.

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Tabitha Nelms
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Very peaceful hike!

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Paul Boucard
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Always a beautiful hike. It is a moderate trail with good elevations and beautiful views of the lake. Watch your footing due to rocks and pine straw.

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Alanna Angel
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What a gem! We were spending the week renting a house on Lake Martin. We typically love hiking in the mountains, but little did I expect this very hilly beautiful path to be found in southern Alabama! Being located right on a fault, there are amazing rock formations. There are also gorgeous views off the cliffs of Lake Martin. It would be a bit dangerous to bring young kids along this trail, but my teens loved it. I'd recommend taking the quick detour to climb the tower and read about the history of the land and people. It took us about 2 hours with a few short stops along the way and was a great workout. Highly recommended if you are in the area!

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Nealie Puckett
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HikingGreat!

So me and my husband took our almost 2 year old son along (mostly on our backs), and it took us 3 hours. We did stop and go up the tower, as well as letting our son hike a little bit, so if you don’t have kids I would say it might take 2 hours at least. FYI at the start you can take 3 different trails, we took little smith mountain loop. The trail was beautiful. You get the views of lake Martin from the top of the trail and make it all the way down to the lake where in a couple spots you can dip your feet in. Definitely kicked our butts by the end with the change in elevation.

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Paul Boucard
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Challenging trail! Pay attention and watch your step!

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Paul Boucard
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A lot more challenging than I thought it was going to be - but a very beautiful and scenic hikes. Definitely one of my favorite trails!

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Sue Rodger
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Great trail, but quite difficult. Seems much further than 2.1 miles. Took us 2 1/2 hours with stops for photos and rests. Varied foliage. Mountain laurels and Native Azaleas flowering (early April). Very pretty.

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Marco Cordoba
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HikingOff trailOver grown
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Amber Perkins
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i travel to hike bc of where i live so i drove 3 hours to come here. this one starts out with a bang. immediately goes into a vertical climb but the views are awesome!! very slippery with the massive amount of pine straw with the whole trail. be careful going down....gorgeous views the whole trail. we took our dogs and everyone had an amazing time. we did both trails and it was very worth it. pay attention to where you are going bc the leaves and pine straw would make it difficult to see the trail at times. i would rate this 50/50 moderate to difficult. BE CAREFUL at one point there is a fork in the road with 3 options and NO marker to tell you where to go. all in all though this was one of my absolute favorite hikes!

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Kelly Reagan
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Probably my second favorite to Chimney Rock. It’s definitely a little tougher than moderate especially in this current heat. The leaves were starting to change colors, and the views were spectacular!! Plenty of resting benches to enjoy the scenery and have a snack. Trail blazes are clearly marked. Check the map options posted at the beginning of the trail for the proper color. PINE STRAW! Be careful!! It’s more dangerous than the rocky cliff side paths in my opinion. Doesn’t seem well traveled, but not overgrown. I had this amazing place all to myself!

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Hayley Sanford
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Loved it!!!

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Brandon Widmann
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One of the best trails I've hiked. Beautiful views of the lake. Certainly not an easy trail either, which I appreciated.

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