TVA Reservation Rock Pile

MODERATE 21 reviews
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TVA Reservation Rock Pile is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Muscle Shoals, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1131 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

The rock pile trail is an easily followed trail which includes some of the most interesting features packed into an in-and-out hike. The trail follows the Tennessee river upstream along bluffs with several views of Florence as well as the river. The trail is very well marked and well maintained. Wildlife on the trail is surprisingly diverse although there is a definite lack of larger species. Bird watchers should be impressed by the diversity of song birds, migratory species, pelicans, and eagles. The highlight of the trail is toward the turn around point which ends at the top of Wilson Dam. Here there is a system of small caves, as well as a rather impressive waterfall that cascades off the side of the bluffs into the Tennessee River at the base of the dam. There are several historical sites worth noting on the trail as well.

13 days ago

trail is in need of maintenance

trail running
16 days ago

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2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked part of the trail from the Wilson Dam side. Trail heading the opposite way of the dam was grown up half way. Had to turn back. The waterfall was cool.

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Saturday, March 05, 2016

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

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Friday, August 21, 2015

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Explored most of the lower end of the trail today, even though I still have not made it to the waterfall area at the end because their are so many side trails to explore. Skinner wall area was pretty Nasty fisher's have trashed it up but the rest of the lower end is very scenic, especially between the bridge and the dam.

hiking
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Very well Marked with several different parking areas from which to start from. Plan on doing full trail on next trip. I have mainly just explored the rock pile area. Lots of side trails to explore and old ruins form CCC era when the dam was built. A good little hiking area with lots of nature. Especially to be located basically in the middle between two towns.

hiking
Sunday, March 23, 2014

Very nice trail specially for being located in the middle of the city. We saw lots of wild flowers, tons of birds, squirrels, turtles and a chipmunk. Mid way though there's remains of a old facility that was demolished 50+ years ago. I found it strange and interesting to see along a trail. There are three different bridges crossing feeder streams to the Tennessee River. Also there is a picnic area called the CCC pavilion which is built of stone with a great view of the river. Another section of the trail is near the boat ramp, where you can see and walk along old rail road tracks, very cool. The tracks lead to to a foot bridge where the old rail road bridge still stands. After passing the boat ramp we had lunch at the picnic area and had bathrooms on site. Continuing to pass through the picnic area, we walked towards the dam itself where the waterfalls are. First is one shooting through a large rock cliff and second also came from within the cliff. Finally the last fall is amazing coming from atop the cliff (50 - 60 ft fall). I definitely would recommend this trail.

walking
Friday, August 19, 2011

nice walk

hiking
Friday, April 22, 2011

Have walked this several times. It's a very pretty and diversified walk. Love the waterfalls at the end.