Best bird watching trails in Alabama

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Alabama with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Alabama
Top trails (282)
#1 - Walls of Jericho Trail
Estillfork, Alabama
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
Make sure you park on the AL side, there is a portable toilet and plenty of parking. Turn right at Clark Cemetery, don't go straight! Great hike, the trail is well marked the whole way with paint marks on trees. The trail was also well planned out as there is a lot of incline but not that steep at once. The last mile or so is pretty flat after crossing the river on the first bridge. There's an old cemetery of the Clark family from the late 1800s which is pretty cool. The final destination is awesome, a lot of water coming out of the rocks without seeing from where. It can be quite slippery at times. Estimated time of completion 4 - 5 hours.Show more
#2 - Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve
Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
Privately owned scenic natural area open to the public at no charge. A cooperative project with The Nature Conservancy of Alabama.Show more
#3 - Borden Creek Hiking Trail
Sipsey Wilderness
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
Great for kids and beginners because there is no hiking over the hills. The trail is very well worn and easily identified. There were many people hiking and some camping along the trail. Parking at the southern end requires a $5 parking fee. When starting at the southern end of the trail do not cross the wooden bridge connecting the 2 parking lots. The southern end of the trail starts at the first parking lot and crosses under the large concrete bridge to the right. The trail follows the creek with beautiful views of the water. There are many rock outcroppings with several rock over hangs with water falls. There is a popular part of the trail called fat man's squeeze - a section of the trail that goes through a rock fall creating a short "cave" section. Large packs will have to be removed to navigate. There are no official permanent campsites. There were many well-worn campsites that could be seen all along the trail. The north end of the trails ends at an old road and bridge crossing over Borden Creek. You can park at both ends and hike one direction. However, the parking at the north end is not located at the north end of the trail. Parking is approximately 0.5 miles up the hill along the closed paved road.Show more
#4 - Chinnabee Silent Trail
Cheaha Wilderness
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
#5 - Kings Chair Loop
Oak Mountain State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
The Kings Chair has a great view. Start Blue trail at North Trailhead take to Kings Chair out and back continue on Blue trail to Red Blue connector. Then Red trail back to trailhead.Show more
#6 - Stone Cuts Trail
Monte Sano State Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
This hike provides some really beautiful views of the north end of Monte Sano State Park and the east side of Monte Sano Mountain. Show more
#7 - Big Tree Short Cut Loop and Needles Eye
Sipsey Wilderness
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
Note: Users have reported that this is a challenging route that is not marked well. It's easy to get off course and there is no cell phone service here, so downloading the map ahead of time is advised. Also, tell family and friends where exactly you plan to be and create a contingency plan. Users have reported that this route may cross through private property. This hike takes the shortest route to the Big Tree and then a slightly longer but easier route looping back. Going clockwise, the shortcut turns into Whiteoak Hollow and then crosses over the hill to Bee Branch. This route is called the Outlaw Trail by some. The ascent of the hill follows a creek up a draw, past a small waterfall, past the creeks beginnings, to the crest of the hill. At the crest the trail intersects an old road bed. Turn left on the old road bed and start looking for the trail to turn off to the right. The trail descending follows a draw that becomes a creek. The trail has several nice waterfalls. There is a technical area where you have to scramble down some ledges and cross a large rock fall. This can be accomplished with packs by experienced hikers. The trail then follows Bee Branch downstream to the mouth of Big Tree Hollow. There are many fallen trees heading up the draw to the Big Tree. There are two waterfalls close to Big Tree. After the Big Tree, the trail backtracks to Bee Branch and then follows the Bee Branch downstream to Thompson Creek. This trail gets users to the tree by the quickest though most strenuous hike while you are fresh, then it takes a longer but easier trail back while you are tired. Users can shave a little distance off by cutting through Needles Eye on the way back. Show more
#8 - Grace's Gap Overlook
Red Mountain Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
Trail through historic Red Mountain Park that leads past old mining buildings and mine shafts to an overlook of Birmingham. Don't forget to stop by the treehouse along the trail near the overlook. Show more
#9 - Lost Sink Trail
Keel Mountain Preserve
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
#10 - Huntsville Botanical Trail
Huntsville Botanical Gardens
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
The Huntsville Botanical Gardens is 112 acres and boasts eight specialized gardens and the nation’s largest seasonal butterfly house. Accessibility: Wheelchairs and strollers are available for loan inside the visitor center. A shuttle is available for tours for those with limited mobility from April to October (call 256-830-4447 ext. 221 to make a reservation). Most of the garden trails are considered wheelchair accessible according to the park website, although some side trails are dirt with some rocks and roots. The estimated grade is mostly gentle.Show more
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