Explore the most popular cave 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.

Being from Birmingham makes this hike even better. I can still enjoy nature while also being close to home! The trail is filled with flowers and unique creatures! The quarry view is gorgeous but my favorite view is the one of downtown. Super cool.

Bugs were bad but well worth the fight to get to cave. VERY BEAUTIFUL!!! Make sure and get your permit and gate passcode ahead of time. Could not get signal at gate had to drive east to Limrock to get a signal. Well worth the trouble though

Too short, too expensive!! Nothing special!!! $12 / person is for my opinion not worth! I think it deserve maybe only Parking fees or $5 / person. I mean there are a lot of FREE amazing and breath taking places. Sad about !

Not gonna lie, this trail is tough. Deserves the hard rating. The description says the trail is 6.6 miles, but my tracker says it was 8.8 miles. It’s not a loop trail, you go up the same way you come down. The initial descent is easy, but it was completely uphill on the way back. I felt like it would never end and we would never get there. Make sure you bring more than enough water. I brought a filled 17 oz bottle and four regular sized water bottles, and that wasn’t enough. I would bring 6-8 bottles. The elevation gain is intense on the way back up. You should probably be in fairly good shape to hike this trail. I would go in the fall because it was really hot during the summer. Also, wear bug spray. Bugs are flying around you just about every second you’re hiking. And while going down the trail you walk into spiderwebs pretty much the whole time. Some of it is overgrown, so I’d be sure to check yourself and others for ticks when you get done. The views were decent, but not the best. It was just an okay hike, not really worth it in my opinion.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful property. Terrible customer service. The weirdest hours I’ve ever seen for a park. I’m rating it a 5 because the property is gorgeous & I enjoyed it very much!

Great trail! Section along the river is far better than the rim overlooking it. If you like waterfalls, rivers, cool rock formations, you will love this one. If not, why are you hiking?

Nice short trail

hiking
8 days ago

Super Easy to get to. Black waters were safe, questionable but safe.

It is dirty there. People don’t take care of the place so you’ll see trash around. I walked on the trail and saw a ton of alcohol cans and boxes and McDonalds in the trees.

great trail. return trip kicks your ass. take your time it's all up hill

Contrary to some posts this is a kid friendly hike, IF you’ve prepared and purchased actual hiking boots. Kids in sneakers just won’t make it. My husband and i took our 6 year old and he loved it (this was his third hike and the most intense). There were a few muddy/slippery spots but that’s to be expected. We were also able to hike down into the cave (wet rocks and mud) and our son had no issues, we loved it!

Make sure you bring your bug spray though! We forgot and the mosquitoes were in full effect.

You need to get a permit for everyone on the hike, they’re free and have the access code to the gate you need for entry.

We hiked this trail in April 2018, the weather was decent, there’s alot of tree cover. This trail is NOT kid-friendly. When ascending the zig-zag ledges to reach the cave, our small
children (2yo and 4yo) had a very difficult time climbing and finding footholds.

There are endless opportunities for children to lose there balance, tumble off the side of the ledge, and fall to their death to the dry creek bed full of boulders and rocks. This trail would be great for older kids (10yo+) who are experienced and mindful of their trail placement. With our young children, it was a constant, fidgety nightmare of saving their lives from eminent peril.

Why continue you may ask? We were told that this trail was “easy” and “kid-friendly” by a family member. So we forged forward thinking the trail would ease up, and it did once you reached the same plateau as the cave. We also could not scale down into the serenity of the cave because it was far too steep and slippery for the children to manage.’

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful place but amount of clothes and trash everywhere is disturbing. There no place to really park. The gravel/dirt road is just a little wider.

hiking
16 days ago

As my phone had no service and I used the trail map provided by the park, my experience was not what I was expecting. This hike was not difficult, and it was similar to the hiking in Oklahoma around Stillwater, the change in incline was less than I experience in Kansas walking to the river from my house.

Beautiful trail, make sure to bring enough water (at least 3 liters). Steep elevation gain on the way back.

17 days ago

awesome place!

great trail for little bigger kids 5+ be prepared for kids to swim in the summer.

Not much of a hike but this is a great swimming hole. I went on Sunday, July 29 and there were quite a few people there. There are ledges where you can fling yourself into the water. The water is cold and clear.

Super fun swimming hole and great place to jump of a cliff

nature trips
28 days ago

Love this place oh so much! The location of the trail is in a neighborhood. It took a little time finding it the first time because of that. Once we got on the trail, we discovered plenty of beautiful sights! Then we got lost for a while. The trails are not marked clearly. Nevertheless, we came across a friendly hiker that lives in the neighborhood! He showed us the way out! Not only did we have a fantastic time hiking; we also enjoyed talking to the hiker! After the workout, there was a nice popsicle stand right outside of the trails. I went once more and will continue to visit because of the rawness of the nature in the up-and-coming community! I highly recommend going! Also my pregnant sister was able to carry a baby in her stomach, and another child strapped to her on the trip. Therefore, the hike is fairly easy. Enjoy!!!

Trail markings?? It’s a cool hike if you can actually find it, but it’s very poorly marked and extremely confusing to get around. Have fun!

hiking
29 days ago

Note that the road to the trailhead turns from asphalt to gravel and after a rain, can contain significant ruts. I took my RV and had to back out of the area for about 200 feet in order to turn around.

I’ve never been on a more poorly marked, mis-marked, unmarked trail. Very frustrating completing the loop.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful spot.

Trail was very easy and short. It was very beautiful, the waterfalls were not what I was expecting but still beautiful. The only negative thing I have to say is it cost my daughter and myself $20 to hike for a couple of hours, just seems like too much. Especially on our way out the older lady that was working was yelling at my 6 year old and I that we had 3 minutes to get our while we were walking up the steps. I think I will stick to the free outdoors but worth seeing once.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

My family and i have been several time. This place is absolutely beautiful. We usually take our lab also he loves playing in the water!

hiking
1 month ago

Went after a good rain and the waterfall was gorgeous.

IF YOU SEE RED MARKERS you are not on Waterline. Easy to get turned around. Go back and find the trail again. The map on this app is invaluable. Other than that, fantastic hike. I’ve gone down Alms to Three Caves and back a good number of times but never did this loop. It’s much better. But beware that starting down Waterline is VERY steep.

This is a beautiful trail especially if you start it early in the morning. The trees provide full cover the entire time. After rain the waterfall is beautiful. Great spot at the bottom for some trail mix or jerky. Cross the creek and loop back to the start or back to the crossing into the main part of the park to loop the White or Blue trails. Always one of my favorite short easy family hikes or just a solo walk in the woods.

hiking
1 month ago

Took the Tennessee Trail head on June 2.
This trail is a lot harder and longer than the Alabama Trail Head. Total trip was 9.3 miles with an elevation gain of 1750 FT. My total in motion time was 4.25 hours. Average pace was 27:16/m.
A couple areas on the trail it took a little to find the blaze. It could be marked a little better but you can tell this trail is not heavily traveled. I only saw 2 people on the Tennessee Trail before reaching and after leaving the main trail down by the creek bed.
You meet up with it at the first water crossing.
Found a beautiful living spring. This is a tough trail so be ready for it. Pace yourself. It is beautiful. You do get to see the vista of the gorge from the rim on part of the hike. It is not marked on the app so you will look like you are way off the trail.

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