Quillen Creek Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Hope, Alabama that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.9 miElevation gain482 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeOff trail
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Tommy Cummings
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Mitch C.
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HikingGreat!MuddyOff trailOver grownRocky

Excellent adventure with lots of waterfalls and rock formations, but know this before you go. 1: There really isn't a trail. As someone else has said, you MUST have navigation skill to attempt this one. 2: There was one very small section of scrambling with an exposed 50-70 ft. drop below. A fall would likely be fatal so care must really be taken here. 3. Due to these factors, I agree that the rating should be changed to difficult. Certainly there are harder trails, but for North Alabama, this one is probably right up there. Overall, the scenery is excellent and a very nice hike if you are prepared.

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K P
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

this is NOT a trail. this is bushwhacking, creek walking (sometimes water was up to knees), boulder scrambling, and crawling under/over fallen trees. there is NO visible trail to follow. just be prepared. if your navigation aren't good, you could easily get lost. several small 3-4ft waterfalls. one larger waterfall with a pretty pool. two rock fall sections where boulders/trees filled the creek and the only way I could find was to crawl over them. it was pretty, but I only gave 3 stars because of all the scrambling, it got old, and because I was expecting around 5 miles and ended up being well over that.

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Jeff Ninneman
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOff trailOver grown

The most fun I’ve had on a trail. The trail was there for about a half a mile and then I checked my all trails map and we missed the left turn because there was no trail, it’s very overgrown it was muddy and slick down by the river. Just know that the trail goes right next to the river and at the point where you turn to go back towards the beginning it follows the creek. Then the last 1/2 mile is the road. It was awesome way finding and some stretches were sketchy, walking on rock ledges covered with wet moss with a 20’ drop off. We saw probably a dozen waterfalls and lots of rock formations. It reminded me of Colorado. Glad i didn’t read the reviews and that we hiked it. Awesome adventure.

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Kim Waites
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HikingBlowdownOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

I hiked this with a group yesterday. Anyone that is preparing to attempt this deserves to know the truth. Although some of this on the old Arnold Motorway, a very sustainable path, the rest is completely off trail with many creek crossings back and forth depending on water levels. This should only be done with expert navigation skills and a tolerance to being slapped in the face by branches and briars. This is not a sanctioned or managed trail. There will be no trail blazes. Flagging tape has been removed in a lot of the areas and they are confusing in some places so don't follow any tape if you see it. Have redundancy in your navigation plan, a real paper map, a GPS, maybe a smartphone app but only for emergencies. Carry back up batteries, plenty of water and food. This "trail" should be rated difficult and technically would be better off if this was not published but here it is so I am spreading the truth about it. It's beautiful, rugged and wild which makes it unforgiving if you get in a bind.

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mark seitz
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Hiked from the hook in Northwest Road down to Riddle Falls, over to School House Falls, and back up. However, there is a gorgeous waterfall, much easier to get to, and not marked on any map that is on the same stream as Riddle Falls. If you start at Quillen Creek I doubt you would ever get to it as there are two rises in elevation that are not easy to get around. Coming from above though, is only a 30 - 45 minute hike. Be sure to stay on the ridge, due South, for a good 20-30 minutes before dropping down to the left into the stream bottom. From there you could literally step off the top of it if you don't pay attention. Great camping spot bellow the falls and easy to navigate around. Not like the other waterfalls that are simply falling over the cliffs.

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mark seitz
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Made part of this trip July 21, 2018. From the road to the river is an easy 20 minute walk. Once at the river, however, is another story. Trees are downed trees everywhere, even some of the overhangs have collapsed. The trail, I believe, crosses the river back and forth. It's easier to walk in the river. Get you some cheap booties. The Quillan Cascades are very cool, even the Big Cascades. But if you go any further BEWARE! Even if there is/was a trail chances are that the pigs will have it all torn up. I could not find the trail out so I went down to Ship Rock then back up Thompson to the road.

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Chadwick Wilemon
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It was a nice hike but very difficult to stay on trail. If I didn't have all trails app or GPS I wouldn't be able to do it I don't think.

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Josh Caldwell
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One of my favorite hikes in Sipsey. Takes a little work but worth it.

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Noah Beach
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This trail is no longer distinguishable. We lost track of the blaze tape due to all the overgrowth and downed trees. After about 300ft we turned back and went on the Thompson TH. Maybe in winter someone can clean up the trail and maybe blaze around the downed trees.

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Brandon McNeal
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Shelby Cross
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Shannon Cavender
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Kurt McDonald
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