Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

hiking
6 days ago

Wasn’t sure what I was getting into but through the woods through sand dunes you pop out at your own beach.. crystal clear water and to top it all off..dolphins swim just off the shore!!! This was a great hike and gets you away from the crowds of people in gulf shores!!

hiking
26 days ago

Nothing to see here but the waterfalls towards the beginning of the trail. Just wooded and flat areas with a few primitive campsites beyond the falls. If you do decide to trek out further, wear pants! The overgrown grass will slice and prick your legs. There were a few steep inclines and we traversed across rocks in the water at one point, which was not difficult because the water was low. There were stairs near the waterfalls, but some were uneven and loose. The trail is also not well marked. Be careful: we came upon a snake on the trail. It quickly slithered away, but it was a good reminder for us to look before we took a step. Over all, not a difficult trail but also not worth a second trip.

Beautiful waterfall nice hike

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this morning. Easy trail till you get to the sand dunes. Ditch the footwear and walk barefoot to the beach unless you want to throw sand everywhere.

The trail is nice and the waterfall is beautiful. The only reason I gave this trail three stars is because of its “caves.” My husband and I love exploring caves and were super excited to learn that there were some in the area. Unless we totally missed something, the only caves along the upper portion of this trail are rock overhangs. They are not really caves with passages. If you want an intense hike leading to a beautiful waterfall, go for it! If you’re visiting just for the “caves,” you might disappointed.

Loved this trail. I stayed on the black creek trail and the trees and flowers were blooming. Very pretty and relaxing.

hiking
3 months ago

We did a ruck here with our crossfit buddies & it was a blast! Heavy backpacks made this trail a little more strenuous. Very pretty easy trail to the beach!

First of all, this is a canoe trail. You get there by boat, kayak, or canoe. Second, the actual trailhead is not marked well but a novice can still find it. No need for sunscreen because you are under a beautiful canopy of delta lands most of the trip. The two Indian mounds are quite more than a bump but rather large mounds covered in a centuries worth of large growth. Beautiful trail through the Mobile delta. I would recommend. Just be forewarned, you will be in nature in its natural form. There are alligators, snakes, among other wildlife but that’s the point isn’t it?

I'm sure the trail is fine however the dead body found in the lake three weeks ago might disagree. PLEASE research area before deciding to wander in looking for a nice walk. Few months ago a lady was shot in the leg a few blocks away at 10:30 AM. Research for yourself before going.

Great unique trail. Has rocks thru out and challenging in spots.

Maintenance is being conducted. Staff apologetic that a lot of undergrowth and trees were taken out leaving trails needing to be remarked. Caution tape around trees was redirecting me to tracks leading to nowhere. New mulch obscured the trail. Never got beyond the trail head for the 1 mile. Even had two of the locals scratching their heads. No dogs allowed.

hiking
4 months ago

Really fun easy walk! Great for kids! No dogs. Lots of sand toward the end so wear tall socks or go barefoot.

There is no walking trail or camping spots. This is a water trail only.

hiking
5 months ago

Dogs are NOT allowed on this trail. We were unable to hike here. Gulf Shores State Park is not far from this location and offers numerous dog friendly trails.

update - The Jeff Friend trail loop has been completed renuvated with a new level walking surface. They installed wooden foot bridges with composite decking material that border the water shoreline. just beautiful.

Good trail I carried my entire family from 6-15 year old kids involved with mother and father in-law. Lot of people walking,running and biking.
The only issue was he bikers ridding at a very fast pace and you had to be very aware of them while hiking.

6 months ago

there is no trail. unless you have a canoe. then it's a river not a trail.

walking
6 months ago

This can be a dangerous area. There are better areas close by in my opinion

trail running
7 months ago

good trail just get ready to get your shoes wet if it has rained ... some swampy areas but otherwise a good well kept trail

Dangerous at night, high crime neighborhood. Day light provides a easy walk with many other walkers.

Very easy with my 81 year old mother. Helping her stay active

Well marked trails, beautiful scenery....next time I’ll give myself a few more hours to explore.

Hiked this trail in late summer so it was pretty grown up with a lot of large fire ants. The view was grown up for most of the hike but there was one beautiful over look! The map is off and takes you on an old logging road at one point. This is not a loop trail but an out and back. Overall the trail is lightly travelled and peaceful! It is challenging enough with plenty of flat stretches and nice breezes!

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent hike and secluded beach. Remanants of an old home near the beach.

FYI. NO DOGS ALLOWED!!

trail running
9 months ago

Nice trail, well marked

hiking
9 months ago

I hiked the entire length of the Odum Scout trail on Thursday, September 21, 2017. As Chip J. said, it is in terrible condition. We began at High Falls and ended at Turnipseed, picking up Chinnabee Silent trail at the end of Odum Scout trail. Since I've been on this trail a dozen times or more, in passable conditions, I was able to make it through the six feet tall vegetation that has grown up and reclaimed portions of the trail on the ridge tops along Cedar Mountain and Caney Head. I then decided to adopt the trail to clear it until it's passable. I am a volunteer for Wild South and our first work on Odum Scout trail began today. We brushed about 3/4 mile beginning at the High Falls trailhead. We did not get to the heavily overgrown parts but we will on the next one for sure. I will be conducting a work day on Odum Scout trail on the last or second to last Saturday of every month until it is finished. If you are interested in joining us on a work day, looks us up at www.wildsouth.org My name is Kim Waites. Thanks!

10 months ago

As of today, 9/7/2017, from the Odum Scout intersection with Nubbin Creek Trail, the Odum Scout Trail is in terrible condition. I've hiked this Trail for about 40 years and today, it was in its worst condition- downed trees and overgrown. I aborted my plans to follow it all the way to High Falls. I had started my hike at Cheaha Trailhead.
About January 2016, the Odum Scout Trail was in much better condition as I followed it all the way to High Falls.
I don't abort often, but did so today. I may try again in January or February.
****edit note:
my next hike on Odum Scout Trail, 3/2018, was a much better experience...clear trail, from end to end!

hiking
10 months ago

WALKED THIS TRAIL SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE IVAN IN 2000-TO 2004, THEN IVAN PUSHED ALOT OF SALT WATER INTO THE FRESHWATER -GATOR LAKE, IT DID SOME DAMAGE TO THE ECO SYSTEM BUT I HAVE HEARD ITS BACK TO NORMAL, I AM FROM MOBILE AND LIVED IIN THE GULF SHORES AREA FOR 10 YEARS. I HAVE NOT HIKED THE BEACH TRAIL SINCE 2007 0R 2008 BUT ALL HAS RETURNED TO NORMAL FROM THE PICS I HAVE SEEN. I LOVE THE PRIVATE BEACH DOWN FROM GATOR LAKE, ..IF YOU WANT A GREAT PLACE TO LAY OUT AND SWIM IN PRIVATE TAKE THIS TRAIL, YOU MAY SEE AN OCCASIONAL HIKER BUT THATS ALL, BEFORE IVAN GATOR LAKE HAD SOME GOOD FISSHING, NOT SURE NOW

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