Lost Sink Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Paint Rock, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length3.9 miElevation gain669 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestViewsWaterfallRocky
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redheaded monster
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Nature tripsGreat!Rocky

Great way to spend a couple hours. Trail was varied between rocky, steep and sandy, flat. Near the waterfall trail markers are a sparce. Most of trail looks highly traveled. Waterfall was completely awesome!

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Jenifer Brooks
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This is a great trail to hike. There are enough uphill treks to keep it challenging but not so much that it's brutal. The waterfall does not disappoint! The trail continues past the waterfall and becomes a simple, easily walked dirt path through the woods. The official trail ends just past a rocky stream bed, but a path continues. I didn't explore it further. I will definitely come back!

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Heather Peavy
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beautiful greenway along the shannon river with solar lighting and an outdoor gym.

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Janet Hogan
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I followed the trail up above the falls for the first time and enjoyed it. There is a stream a little bit higher. Very nice. I didn’t go to the end of the trail because there was a big branch across the trail so it was a good time to turn around.

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Roni Armstrong
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HikingGreat!

Some stretches of climbing but it’s in spurts so you can catch your breath. Waterfall is as beautiful as everyone says. Loved this hike.

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Mike Clark
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The first 1.3 miles of the hike are the best part and lead to the Lost Sink Falls, which are incredible during the rainy season when there is plenty of water. These are probably the highest falls in the Huntsville Area, and they are just as spectacular as the Bethel Springs Falls. The AllTrails route for the Lost Sink Trail continues on for another mile past the falls, and dead ends at a creek, but this upper section is much less interesting than the stretch up to the falls.

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Varun Nigam
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Intermediate all up hill

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Joe B King
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We went right after a hard rain so the waterfall and top flow were raging. Awesome hike

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Janet Hogan
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It was a windy day so the wind in the trees sounded like the waterfall the whole way up. I looked at the map at one point and was disappointed that I was only half way up the trail when I rounded the corner and saw the falls. I forgot that I have never gone all the way to the end of the trail and the falls is half way up. I use the trail for endurance training because of all the elevation.

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Alana Griffith
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Beautiful plants and some steep climbs that reward you will flat steps a while. The falls are gorgeous. Lots of wildlife. Lots of rock formations.

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Ann Howell-Davis
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Nice and quick hiking. Waterfall is bonus

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Janet Hogan
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There’s a few paths that go off the main trail so the use of the digital map was helpful. Some good stretches of elevation for a cardio workout.

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Mark May
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Darrell Hamilton
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on the harder side of moderate. gorgeous waterfall at the 1.2 mile mark.

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E Trafton
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Danielle Trafton
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Tiffany Lindsey
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Just the right amount of challenge

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Neil Tessier
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Ams has Happy
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Kevin Pearson
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Jason Reiling
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Would be 4 stars if it stopped at the falls. But it doesn’t. So it’s 3. Go to the falls and turn around. Nothing of value beyond them. Falls are really nice if there is some water flowing.

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Emilee Spann
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Great hike! Not too difficult at all, just muddy in some places. Overall it was well marked, but there were a couple of confusing spots. Not hard to get back on the right track though. The waterfall is beautiful!

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Jamie Chambers
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Isaiah Haynes
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WalkingMuddyOver grown

Awesome hike with beautiful water fall flowing today. Highly recommend going after a nice rain, it’s worth the muddy condition due to the fact that this trail is muddy regardless most of the time.

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Kirby Koa
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HikingGreat!

Well maintained trail and lots of signage for direction. It is muddy in a few spots, but nothing too deep that would get water in your shoes

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