Richard Martin Trail

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Richard Martin Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Elkmont, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.8 miles Elevation Gain: 416 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

rails trails

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

A 10.2 mile rail trail named after Richard Martin, who led a 25-year effort with volunteers and various community organizations to establish the trails bicycle, equestrian, and pedestrian trail in north Limestone County, Alabama.

Great rails-to-trails route for hiking, trail running, mountain biking, etc. Easy elevation changes. Suitable for all ages. At times, unattended loose dogs are on the trail. Never had a scary problem with them as a runner or biker - but I don't bring my leashed dog here as I am worried about potential unpleasant encounters. Horses are also on the trail occasionally so watch your step for manure piles!

hiking
4 months ago

We love it.

hiking
5 months ago

Good

hiking
6 months ago

A very long trail actually 20 miles to and fro . Took a while to find the start point from parking as it starts from opposite side and then some street dogs gave a good barking welcome . But when got into trail it wax plesent weather inside when outside was 85. Loved it

hiking
11 months ago

They put new gravel down which kinda took away from the natural feel of the trail but is still a great place to come walking and running

11 months ago

This trail is essentially a bridle path, replete with horse manure, unevenly packed gravel sections, loose dirt in other areas

hiking
washed out
11 months ago

This trail is pretty good. I started at the southern tip in Athens. After all the rain we have gotten recently it's kind of washed out. But that end of the trail is in a swampy area and is to be expected. I wish the trail was dirt instead of gravel. Going down and back for 20+ miles is rough on your feet, regardless of what shoes/boots you have.

running
Tue Jan 01 2019

This trail is a very straight trail with bridges and a stream that handrails the path. Lot of friendly equestrian enthusiast utilize this trail and seems to be well maintained. I will run the entire trail ......

walking
Mon Jul 02 2018

Great place to take the dogs for a walk!

running
Thu Feb 15 2018

Ran out and back from Athens. Great trail. Smooth running surface

Fri Jun 03 2016

Trail is easily accessible, mostly flat and has some good scenery. One word of caution, while it is dog friendly extended hikes on the gravel base can be abrasive to your pup"s paws.

hiking
Sat Jan 09 2016

Fun for geocaching.

Sat Oct 03 2015

Fun, easy, beautiful scenery

running
Mon Jul 27 2015

Ran the first 3 miles and back from the Athens trail head. Very well shaded and wide enough for bikers horses and runners. Will return and cover the rest of it. The Athens entrance of Piney Chapel has restrooms and a picnic pavilion with plenty of parking.

walking
Mon Jun 15 2015

Nice little trail, we walk our dogs on it from time to time. Use to geocache down this trail, but most if not all the caches are inactive or removed. We even filmed a bit for our youtube channel on this trail. Was alot of fun during the snow storms we had this year.

road biking
Sun Mar 29 2015

I enjoyed this trail but to be honest was a little surprised at times what I would come upon. The road changed often from concrete to gravel to chert to black top etc. The trail take you past a battlefield site, a train trolley museum and ended at a beautiful old chapel that was quite quaint! The trail was beautiful and I definitely would do it again! It was a great workout and quite the challenge for this novice road biker.

mountain biking
Tue Jan 29 2013

Though I liked this trail there were aspects that I didn't love. Parts of the trail feel narrow because of the sloped trail shoulder. This took away some of the open feel for me. Other than that it's a great trail but beware that it is often frequented by horse riders and bicyclists. Keep that in mind if you're going out for a walk or run. The trail is long but there are several "stopping points" that could be utilized.

hiking
Sun Sep 30 2012

A great trail if you want to take a nice long walk. Very easy to walk or jog, just look out for horse poop.

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