Deadening Alpine Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews

Deadening Alpine Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dadeville, Alabama that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles
580 feet

dogs on leash




nature trips

trail running





1 day ago

Great trail. Definitely worth the effort - and it requires some effort.
The FYI in case you've never been. The trail doesn't really begin at the parking area. There's a quarter mile path through the woods that brings you out on an adjoining street. Turn left and walk about 75 yards. Then you will enter the trail approach just across from the fire hydrant.

Trail is blazed to be completed in a counter clockwise loop, but I've done it twice in the other direction. As designed there's a long walk through pines and a descent to the lakeside at about a mile and a half. The return along the lakefront is strenuous. Lots of elevation change, switchbacks, and (if you tend to wander out to scenic points) a little bit of scrambling/boulering. The views across the lake are great, and if you go in summer you'll be able to see the brave folks who jump from Chimney Rock across the way.

The trail warns that those under 12 should not use it and under 14 should only use it under adult supervision, and I believe this is reasonable advice. The trail is narrow, often steep, and the margin for error and carelessness is small. There are definitely sections where serious injury is just a misplaced step away.

7 days ago

A little cold today but it made for some veey beautiful icicle formations on the rocks. This trail surprised me in every way. It kinda has it all. Wandering through the leafy forest bed, I came up close with a deer. Traverse the rocks and see spectacular views of the lake. Then lastly wind through the waterfront trails under and over rocks and through twisted limb forest with trickling stream. All around beautiful place. Will go back in the summer when I can add in a swim in that lake!

3 months ago

Phenomenal for Alabama. Starts slow for 1st mile and half or so but once you get to the shoreline it’s so good, best trail around lake Martin by far. Lots of cool cliffs and rocks to check out. Probable best trail south of Birmingham

3 months ago

Great trail. But very challenging with a full backpack. The switchbacks by the bluffs are a bit of a challenge. But the scenery is great. Plenty of places to get a good view of the lake and to just chill out. If you look at my tracking you will see a part of the trail was skipped. It was only skipped in the recording since I stopped for a break and paused the recording only to realize it later down the trail.

3 months ago

If you are looking for a trail that hits high points and has pleasant scenic overlooks then this is for you. It has points where you will do a very small bit of climbing and the bridges can be rather simple and narrow but still definitely worth the hike.

5 months ago

Way too hot today, but a gorgeous trail. Seemed like a lot of elevation gain/loss, and some parts of the trail were a little tricky...looking forward to doing it again in the Fall as there are a lot of hardwoods and the lake is beautiful.

6 months ago

Probably my favorite hike in AL so far

6 months ago

Great trail, very well maintained/marked!

6 months ago

Very challenging/difficult, yet beautiful trail. We took the entire loop, which is around 4 miles. We stopped for about 15 min to eat lunch and maybe another 10-15 min to take misc pictures. The entire loop from the parking area and back took us right at 3 hours backpacking a toddler and hiking with teens and moving at a steady pace. Luckily, it was overcast and a very light rain to keep things cool for us during the last week of June! And even with bug spray/tick repellant, we ended up finding a few ticks on us too... just check well!

7 months ago

Cool trail,great veiws

9 months ago

This hike was a blast. I would say that it was more on the difficult side of moderate. There were some areas that were a bit sketchy to navigate, and a lot of ups and downs. As other people mentioned, the pine needles could be a bit slippery. The views of the lake were amazing and there was a ton of cool types of lichen, moss, and rocks. It took us about 1.75-2 hours.

9 months ago

Amazing trail.. Great Lake and island views steep rugged rocky terrain great views. This trail is a lot of fun and moderately challenging

10 months ago

Great hike today! Great weather and great and challenging trail!!

11 months ago

Fun trail with good views of Lake Martin and Chimney Rock. The trail is moderate with some fairly steep sections. Just over 4 miles including the walk to and from the parking lot. Trail is well-marked, but the fallen pine straw made for some slippery conditions. The best views are on the second half of the hike, and there are a few good spots to stop and relax on some boulders. Will definitely be returning soon.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

I spend 2.5 hours in this Deadening Alpine trail in a anticlockwise direction. the way heading north is walking at middle of the mountain, easy and no much good view, but on the way back, heading south, the route is as low as near to the water, many rocks and up and down. A good view of the lake, too.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This is actually called "The Deadening Alpine Trail"

I am from a Fort Benning and I often drive several hours to go up to North GA and Tennessee to do a lot of hiking on the Appalachian Trail. This trail is much closer and is just as cool. It is a little less challenging with out the major elevation gain as in the Mountains but I would say it's in the same ballpark.

I wouldn't recommend this trail if you are looking for an easy nature walk but if your looking for a challenge or wanting to get a work out in this is the spot. There are steep cliffs and tight areas. The views are amazing. I wish I would have found this place awhile ago.

I am looking forward to doing other trails in the area such as Cherokee Alpine Trail and the Smith mountain fire tower trail.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Steep ridges. The leaves and pine straw make for slippery footing in dry weather. Nice views of the lake.

Friday, November 11, 2016

I'm in agreement that this trail is moderate. The first part of the trail is a back woods hike that is a pretty easy trek. As the trail gets closer to the lake, the terrain becomes a little more difficult and the natural rock formations start get interesting. Along the way there are some very good lake views. At times there are some difficult areas to maneuver around, all-in-all a great hike. The hike is 4-miles including walking to and from the parking area.

If you don't have them, I would recommend some trekking poles, these were very helpful in some of the steeper ups & downs in the trail.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Fun trail, difficult at times. Well marked.

1 month ago

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