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Really easy, well marked trail. The views were phenomenal. Well worth the time spent. Make sure you bring $5 for a day pass.

Nice view of the lake. Small crushed gravel surface that is easy on the feet. Restroom facilities. Dog friendly.

For an “easy” trail rating I will definitely give this one a 5 star. Was able to capture a beautiful pic of the sunset and my Jeep!

Trail was a great trail but hard to follow at times. We lost the trail several times and fortunately our gps kept it's signal so we were able to stay on course. I wouldn't recommend doing this trail without gps. It was a challenge but definitely worth it. Allow at least 6 to 8 hours to complete this trail as it is actually 11.6 miles for the whole trail.

This was a fantastic trail. Many waterfalls and beautiful places to see. The owners of the property were very accommodating and helpful. Their 2 dogs followed us for the entire 8 mile hike. They were so friendly and were a blast to have along. Would definitely recommend hiking this trail.

The best walking trail in Athens! Beautiful forest with some large old growth. Relatively flat with nice a creek that runs along parts of the trail. Only negative is that the trail could use some maintenance: potholes, trash, and moss overgrowing on the pavement.

Excellent *free* trail in the HSV area with beautiful rock formations and winter views. My personal favorite in the TN valley.

done the trail yesterday..the lost falls weren't lost to us..flowing beautifully. got some awesome pics..trail very well marked

1 day ago

5 star because of location. It’s hard to believe a trail this good is here (my fault for not knowing sooner). Really beautiful views, some technical parts, fairly steep in several areas, rock formations, and of course awesome views of the lake.

I’d say it’s moderate with some difficult spots. Trekking poles will really help you a great deal on this trail, so bring them along.

Good trail markings, and really great trail maintenance once you get the true trailhead.


Beautiful short hike in the middle of Vestavia. Delightful!

on Kings Chair Loop

2 days ago

Great trail. Adding Eagle’s Nest Overlook to you hike is well worth it

Nice easy trail for an enjoyable walk/hike

Trail was not marked and was pretty much non existent. We hiked for 2 miles and was not able to follow any kind of trail or find the waterfalls. We turned back because we were running out of light. I wouldn't recommend trying this trail unless you had a lot of time and don't mind walking through moderate brush on steep terrain.

3 days ago

Pretty intense elevation gains during first 1+ miles. Agree with the moderate+ rating suggested. Beautiful view at top. Overflow parking & restroom closeby.No Bikes on blue. Bikes on red..

Ran this for the first time yesterday, headed clockwise. The trails themselves weren't too strenuous, but are quite technical with various rocks and roots along a majority of this section. I wore minimalist shoes and made it through, but thicker soles are almost obligatory.

I downloaded the map after reading some reviews, but it wasn't really necessary. Cave creek was very easy to follow. The trail does disappear for a bit in a gnarly boulder garden where it meets up with Pinhoti, but there are blue blazes to find if you keep your head on a swivel.

Overall, very nice, technical trail with some decent climbs.

Challenging, but fun.

mountain biking
8 days ago

I Mountain biked the trail.It is now a 19.7 mile loop.Awesome mountain bike trails.Looking at it from a hiking perspective,I think the better hiking would be starting at the pier and going toward the dam(clockwise).That side was the most scenic.

Definitely difficult terrain, especially the last portion near the river. Fallen leaves cover slippery mud, tree roots and rocks. I wish I had a walking stick! Trail isn’t marked well in some areas. However, it might be our age? We were passed a few times by younger hikers that were almost skipping down the trail!

great walk

Beautiful hike with the cooler weather. Really nice when not overgrown. The creek is beautiful, and the kids really liked climbing around the boulders and rock gardens.

9 days ago

I enjoyed our hike back in September!! Seems to be pretty well maintained. Alabama has some great hiking trails!!

Well marked, and you can walk a little or a lot.

Only did the first half, but it sucked.
At first it showed promise but after a while the trail became less managed and the markers weren't very clear.
To be fair I haven't done the second half, so it may still be worth it.
But do not recommend

me and my kids (7 and 3 year old) love this hike. it's so peaceful and easy beautiful views.

It has some very beautiful overlooks.
The only complaint is the trail needs to be a little more well managed

mountain biking
10 days ago

Loved the trails - just moved here from Colorado where trails are amazing so i am thankful to find this one!!! Will be there several times a week

Great hike if you want to wonder why the hell you aren’t back to your car yet for a couple miles. Rocks near the bottom are super slick and could make for a sore buttocks so be careful. Decent views. Easy in, hard out.

13 days ago

Hiked the trail past few days...any Lost And Found?

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