Odum Trail to Odum Point

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Odum Trail to Odum Point is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lineville, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.5 miles
1,256 feet
Out & Back





nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


over grown

no dogs

Directions from Cheaha State Park: Travel north on State Route #281 to State Route #49. Go south on State Route #49 for about 6 miles to County Route #31. Travel about 4.5 miles to County Route #12. Travel about 1.5 miles to Forest Route #650. Travel about 0.25 miles to the parking lot for the Highfalls trailhead serving the Odum Trail.

19 days ago

First to say is if not for Gaia gps that I downloaded before I left, my son and I would have gotten very lost. The trail from the TH on to nubbins Creek intersection was difficult from a couple reasons.
1. too many fallen trees over the trail / ZERO maintenance.
2. zero markers.. That was my number 1 complaint.
3. Trying to bushwack up a very Rocky mountain where the grasses had overtaken the trail in spots, plus the fact that most of the trail was on rocks and boulders.

I am most Definitely not knocking the trail in itself because the beauty of the huge glacier boulders was spectacular sitting atop a mountain peak!!
I will say the high falls itself is worth a day trip to enhance the beauty and is only about 100 yards in off the TH parking area. My Son and I thoroughly enjoyed the quality time we spent backpacking the entire loop of the chinnabee silent trail then back around the skyway trail. I'l
I'll chat about anything related to the outdoors and backpacking.

Can somebody please pick up my leather belt and t shirt I left hanging on a tree on top of Robinson Mountain. :)

date was July 4th

1 month ago

Nothing to see here but the waterfalls towards the beginning of the trail. Just wooded and flat areas with a few primitive campsites beyond the falls. If you do decide to trek out further, wear pants! The overgrown grass will slice and prick your legs. There were a few steep inclines and we traversed across rocks in the water at one point, which was not difficult because the water was low. There were stairs near the waterfalls, but some were uneven and loose. The trail is also not well marked. Be careful: we came upon a snake on the trail. It quickly slithered away, but it was a good reminder for us to look before we took a step. Over all, not a difficult trail but also not worth a second trip.

4 months ago

Great unique trail. Has rocks thru out and challenging in spots.

9 months ago

Very easy with my 81 year old mother. Helping her stay active

9 months ago

Hiked this trail in late summer so it was pretty grown up with a lot of large fire ants. The view was grown up for most of the hike but there was one beautiful over look! The map is off and takes you on an old logging road at one point. This is not a loop trail but an out and back. Overall the trail is lightly travelled and peaceful! It is challenging enough with plenty of flat stretches and nice breezes!

10 months ago

I hiked the entire length of the Odum Scout trail on Thursday, September 21, 2017. As Chip J. said, it is in terrible condition. We began at High Falls and ended at Turnipseed, picking up Chinnabee Silent trail at the end of Odum Scout trail. Since I've been on this trail a dozen times or more, in passable conditions, I was able to make it through the six feet tall vegetation that has grown up and reclaimed portions of the trail on the ridge tops along Cedar Mountain and Caney Head. I then decided to adopt the trail to clear it until it's passable. I am a volunteer for Wild South and our first work on Odum Scout trail began today. We brushed about 3/4 mile beginning at the High Falls trailhead. We did not get to the heavily overgrown parts but we will on the next one for sure. I will be conducting a work day on Odum Scout trail on the last or second to last Saturday of every month until it is finished. If you are interested in joining us on a work day, looks us up at www.wildsouth.org My name is Kim Waites. Thanks!

11 months ago

As of today, 9/7/2017, from the Odum Scout intersection with Nubbin Creek Trail, the Odum Scout Trail is in terrible condition. I've hiked this Trail for about 40 years and today, it was in its worst condition- downed trees and overgrown. I aborted my plans to follow it all the way to High Falls. I had started my hike at Cheaha Trailhead.
About January 2016, the Odum Scout Trail was in much better condition as I followed it all the way to High Falls.
I don't abort often, but did so today. I may try again in January or February.
****edit note:
my next hike on Odum Scout Trail, 3/2018, was a much better experience...clear trail, from end to end!

11 months ago

Beautiful falls! Maintenance is needed on the stairs and several downed trees could be cut off the trail to make it better. The trail could be marked better as well. I however really enjoyed myself none the less. I'd definitely visit again.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Worst unmarked hike I have ever been on. The scenery was pathetic and because it was unmarked and over grown I see it as a very dangerous mess. I hated this trail.
There wasn't anything beautiful except the falls the very first 1/2 mile. I do not recommend.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

This was the worst trail we have ever endured ever, ever, ever. OMG. Get a chain saw and clean this mess up. Even then there are no views. Nothing. The waterfalls the first .50 miles in was it. Do not go past them. Nothing but regret and sliced up legs. No less than 60 down trees etc. ugh!!!!!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Awesome trail! Went about 2.5 miles down the right hand trail from the trail head before heading back and camping at the first sight by the trail sign and the huge rock face.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Awesome waterfalls as you start and nice camp spots with great views later along the trail.

Friday, April 28, 2017

I just happened to stumble across HighFalls while heading to Cheaha, and I am so glad I did. I enjoyed a bit of rock climbing before making my way to the falls, each climb took me to an even more beautiful view. I climbed across a fallen tree that stretched out in front of one of the falls and jumped right in. I didn't do the entire loop though. I just hiked to the highest falls and then turned around to come back the same way. This ended up being my favorite stop on my trip through Talladega National Forest. I would definitely wait on this one until after significant rain though. It's my understanding that the experience can differ significantly depending on the flow of the waterfalls.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Waterfalls are absolutely beautiful and the view at the top of the mountain is amazing! However, the trail is poorly maintained in some areas and completely disappears at one point if you take a right where it loops.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Waterfalls were gorgeous after all the rain we've had (and needed)!

Monday, September 19, 2016

My wife and I visited from CO, so we may be a bit biased, but other than the falls ( which would be very nice after a solid rain) I wouldn't not return. The trail was very difficult to follow. Several times we were only assured that we were on the trail by trash left by other hikers. The trail was overgrown and covered with spiderwebs. We made it around 2 miles in and stumbled on a yellow jacket nest, and were stung several times apiece, at which point we decided it wasn't worth continuing. If we were to return, we would only go to the falls and not attempt the hike.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Can't wait to go back after it rains.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

don't come during the dry season. Falls were weak.

Monday, July 04, 2016

This trail would be beautiful in the late fall! The view was a little grown up and the falls are dry in the summer. Also be prepared for a lot of large red ants along the trail and some pretty overgrown paths. At one point there is a magnificent overlook but past that the map seemed WAY off and it led to nothing but another trail- possibly a connector? You also could not call this a loop trail it is out and back. Overall challenging enough with a good amount of flat and cool breezes. It is lightly travelled and peaceful!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

This trail was pretty amazing very long but I enjoyed every minute on the other hand my wife got mad because it was so far she's a little lazy ha but she made it

Saturday, April 02, 2016

A fire recently made us lose the trail quite a bit. After following along the creek for 1.5 miles we just headed strait uphill till we met up with the Odum trail up on the ridge. Water was flowing good along the creek, crossing with the baby was a bit nervous. We camped up on the ridge where there are some good flat spots and large rocks you can sit on.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Easy nice trail

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The campsite located about one and one-half mile north of the falls is a great look out spot. The trail gets a little overgrown in late spring. The top of the hill as many rocks. I would consider it a moderate climb.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Can be hard to follow at times but well worth it. Lots of great rock croppings, love this trail.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

At the 'foot' of the Odum Trail, just outside of Ashland, Alabama, there are 3 waterfalls that are very close to the parking area... the first is kinda small, the second one is much larger and very beautiful.... the furthest one is much like the second. There are lots of campsites and a large gravel parking area there too. We always went when snow was predicted....

Friday, November 30, 2012

This is a great trail with many scenic overlooks. It is definitely a moderately difficult trail if you heading uphill and of coarse it is the opposite going down. I t has a nice little water fall at the bottom where the trail head is.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

We have used this trail to complete the camping merit badge requirement:

you must do TWO of the following-
1. Hike up a mountain, gaining at least 1,000 vertical feet.
2. Backpack, snowshoe, or cross-country ski for at least 4 miles.

Hiking up to Odum Point meets the two requirements and more.

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