Payne Lake Nature Trail From Westside Campground

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Talladega National Forest

Payne Lake Nature Trail From Westside Campground is a 3.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moundville, Alabama that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.7 km Elevation Gain: 37 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips


bird watching




Directions from Centreville: Travel 2 miles west on US Hwy. 82, turn south (left) onto State Rd 5 and travel for 6 miles. Turn west (right) onto State Rd 25 and travel 15 miles to Payne Lake.

2 months ago

had a great time at this park. was very clean. stayed here four days. and hike the trail twice. some great fishing.

washed out
4 months ago

Dec. 31st, 2019: The Nature Trail is obstructed at the trailhead near the parking lot by fallen trees.

Sat Feb 08 2014

Not much to do here but it is close by so we tend to go often. The lake itself is beautiful and mirrors the bright blue sky and trees surrounding it's shores. There are only two trails and both are very short but have nice scenic views of the lake. It seems that most visitors of Payne Lake come to fish. I would't drive a long distance to come here but it does make for a nice day trip. There are also some nice campsites on the lake. The last time we visited, they told us one of the trails was not maintained enough to hike, leaving only one hike-able trail that is about 3/4 of a mile.