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Walker Bynum Smith Mountain Tower Trail

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Dadeville, Alabama

Walker Bynum Smith Mountain Tower Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dadeville, Alabama that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 226 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Forest

Lake

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

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Part of the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association. This trail is uphill to the tower where you can enjoy views of Lake Martin. After the tower, the trail continues downhill.

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Reviews (108)
Photos (119)
Recordings (62)
Completed (171)
Jesse Elliott
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Short trail with decent climb up followed by decent climb down. It has a fire tower at the top. If you don't like to climb or are afraid of heights, the view from the top without climbing the tower is still good. But if you decide to climb the stairs up the tower, the view is phenomenal. I'm afraid of heights, so I find staring at each stair on the way up helps. Then when you get to the top, enjoy the view, try not to pee. It's really not that bad; and did I say I'm afraid of heights. One cool feature at the top of the tower are photographs above your head in every direction with the names of all the sites you can see and arrows pointing to their location.

Hunter Payne
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Very nice short hike. Nice views from top of fire tower at end of trail. A few stairs to climb for tower, and beware if afraid of heights.

Tracy Hancock
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Justin Kennamore
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HikingRocky

Awesome short hike with some amazing views! There are some steep drops beside the trail and some areas covered in loose pine straw but overall quality is good. The fire tower is awesome along with all the information boards in the area. A must see if you aren’t afraid of heights!

Matthew Kosier
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Hiking

fun time with the boys

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Matthew Kosier
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My son and I enjoyed the hike. he loved going to the top of the fire tower along with a million questions on the way.

Chris Cook
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Hiking

One of my favorite hikes! Definitely need to get there to see a sunset & sunrise. Trail is marked very well. Be careful in the winter months, the pine straw can make it slippery.

Gabrielle Quezada
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Hiking

It’s a short but beautiful hike. I went for the sunset on top of the fire tower. Definitely one of my favorite hikes. It’s a unique experience.

Lexie Denby
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Amber Perkins
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HikingRocky

i travel for hikes bc of where i live and this one was awesome. great trail. gorgeous views. the historic area was really nice although it doesnt have any benches or tables or trash cans. information is everywhere. the tower itself was awesome. spectacular view from top! very steep and rocky climb in spots. pine straw also everywhere so be careful. trail was good. this was one of my favorite hikes.

Zach Gebhart
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Hiking

Great trail. Clearly marked. Lots of signs with the information and history of the site. Fire tower gives a great view. Lots of great picture opportunities.

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Mary D.
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Hiking

Really neat place for a quick hike. Uphill until you get to the fire tower and back is down hill. It would be a great place to hike to and then hang out for a bit to soak up the view. Going up the fire tower is a must as well! The plat forms get smaller and smaller going up. I was there for sunset and it was beautiful, next time is sunrise.

Laura Power
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The south trail was much steeper and with less shade than anticipated, but all in all it was a great, short hike!

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Jonathan Auman
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Hiking

One of those places that is absolutely worth the early morning wake up to go watch sunrise. The fire tower over looks Lake Martin and has some nice, educational kiosks about the surrounding ecosystem.

Chris Cook
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Hiking

Great trail and view from the top of the fire tower. Loved the panoramic pictures at the top showing what you are looking at. Great educational reads at the bottom. The .4 mile walk to the tower wasn’t too easy. I was out of breath!

Janice Money
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Hiking

One of my favorite places to spend time hiking. Love climbing the fire tower to enjoy the view. All the other trails there are nice also.

James Graham
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Hiking

Definitely one of the best trails near me.

Mollie Waters
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Hiking

Don't let anyone kid you. That first 1/2 mile using the Alpine entrance is tough!

Keith Coleman
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Gina Aaij
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Short, but moderate difficulty in places. No picnic tables or trash cans. People have left litter, unfortunately. Beautiful area.

Cassidy Tilt
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Great for young kids and dogs!

Steven rogers
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My wife and I did this last year. The best view of Lake Martin PERIOD as you climb to the top of Smith Mountain tower. A must see!!!’ Bring your camera.

Taylor Willits
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Short trail with some moderate incline at beginning. Tower was pretty cool, and there were some interesting geological features on this trail!

Matt Cheves
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Hiking

Had a great time hiking this Trail could only make it to the 8 story of the tower before I got scared and went back down. I can't wait to come back and do it again and try to beat my score of the 6th story

monica smith
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If you go past the trail head in the parking lot, there is a road access that turns into a paved access. A lot easier for those needing to use strollers and such.

Christine Perez
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Hiking

Was a beautiful trail. Well marked with awesome views.

James Screven
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Awesome spot. Lots of history, reading, fire tower view is amazing if you aren't afraid of heights. I would not recommend this as easy either. It's short but steep in parts as well as rocky. May be difficult for people that are not sure footed, kids would be fine...lots to climb on.

Dottie Askew Adams
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Hiking

Lovely trail, especially in the spring when everything is in bloom. The views are well worth the trip. While it is rated 'easy', it is slightly steep in places, can get somewhat narrow in spots and has a few small (but easy) scrambles along the way. The trail is very well maintained. An alternate route to the fire tower is to go by road. The road is partially paved, and while it does have a gradual incline, it is wide, and very easy to traverse. The road is also a much quicker path to the tower.

Katie Neal
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Not a long trail at all but be prepared to hike an elevation the whole way to the tower. Awesome view from the tower, kids may be afraid of the height.

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