Piper Trail Loop

EASY 8 reviews

Piper Trail Loop is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Piper, Alabama that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles
377 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips





wild flowers



no shade

The first half of the trail follows the Piper Intrepretive Trail and offers plenty of shade on a singletrack through mostly pine forests. There are scenic overlooks of the river and an opportunity to climb down to the riverside if you're ambitious. The second half of the trail is an old mining road. The road is rocky and does not offer any shade.

1 month ago

The walk/hike out is pleasant enough, but the foliage obscures the view of the river until you get to the overlooks....at least during the summer. Other writers are correct about the last half of the trail, the so called Loop. The last part of this was roughly a 15 degree incline over an unmaintained gravel road...of the large, loose, and unpacked variety. This was a tedious 20 minutes...really boring stuff.

Overall, the place needs some love. I would venture to say whoever is in charge of maintaining the trail(s) hasn’t been there in a long while. Sadly, I would have to say this was okay enough, but not really worth the drive from Birmingham.

7 months ago

Great views overlooking the Cahaba.

8 months ago

Great trail. Rating is fairly accurate. watch out for the last section. the gravel is large and loose. Great trail with great views.

11 months ago

If you're looking for an improved trail with very light traffic, slight overgrowth, and beautiful scenery with a stunning view of the Cahava river at the end, this is your trail. Do not recommend doing the loop – the last 1.25 miles is nothing but former paved road that was grated and then had large (as in, twist your ankle large) gravel put on top of it. I rate the back half of the loop a "2.5" (it is an OK average view), but the first part ("Piper Interpretive") a 4.5… So 4 overall. "Easy" is the right rating, but there are some user created off–shoots and the climb to the observation area (improved platform) that are medium to hard…

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