Explore the most popular fishing 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.

I went to do a long hike, but was turned around within 1.5 miles by how overgrown the trail is. It's so overgrown that I'm pretty sure I ended up following a game trail instead of the actual trail. Bug spray is a must during the warmer times of the year as the mosquitoes are abundant. A machete might also be recommended to finish the trail. There is a section that connects to a road, but I think that belongs to the hunting club that borders the reserve. If You don't mind a quick in-and-out, this trail will be alright. I recommend you go in the colder months to avoid the hordes of bloodsuckers. First part is great; second part needs maintenance.

It is a beautiful area and my dog and I truly enjoyed our hike. It is very overgrown though, if I didn’t have this app we absolutely would have gotten lost. I had it open and used it as our guide. I’m 5’11 and there was growth up to my shoulders in many areas.

Me and two friends did this last Saturday. Lots of banana spider webs. I saw a copperhead a foot off the trail, coiled and ready to strike. I took a stick and placed him a rock formation. Beautiful views of Lake Martin, and plenty of areas to take swim and cool off. Well blazed and Highly recommended!!

Pretty amazing trail. I’ve been on the Cherokee Ridge Trail and the Forever Wild Trail nearby, and while they’re all most excellent, this one has been my favorite. I put it off though because it seemed like it was mostly overlooks and cliffs and I wanted a bit more water access to help the dog and I to cope with this Alabama heat. There were plenty of places, though, to actually get into Lake Martín and take a dip. The trail is easy to find, right in the middle of a neighborhood. When I got there the lot was full but I never saw another person out on the trail. The beginning winds trough a development but give it some time. You end up for a while in a line forest. Eventually the trail turns along the lakeside and things get really impressive. Tons of views. Great time.

Hiked mid-day on a Sunday and didn't see anyone else out on the trail. The conditions were very good (no mud, no spider webs, few downed trees). We hiked the loop counter-clockwise to save the best views and the Needle's Eye for last. I found the trail to be moderately difficult in some steep sections. There are a couple of nice flat rock spots along the lake side of the trail for stopping to eat and enjoy the view, but no clearly marked mid-point. I brought my 10 month old collie with us and he was able to do every part of the trail except the Needle's Eye. He also loved being able to get into the water to cool off.

walking
6 days ago

Great trail to bike and walk on. Fully paved and has benches along the way to sit and watch the river.

backpacking
6 days ago

Awesome trail! My 15 year old son and I hiked this in the morning of our second day of a three day backpack trip. Coming off the Pinhoti trail the first of two miles are a steep decent with the second being a gradual decent into the Turnipseed campground. 1/4 mile on either side of Turnipseed offers excellent camping spots with reliable water sources. Cheaha falls has multiple excellent camping spots with a shelter located about 1/8 mile up the trail heading towards the Devils Den falls. Most of this trail is under canopy; a beautiful hike which should take between 4-6 hours depending on your load and number of breaks you take!

I did an overnighter on this trail last weekend. Very nice trail. Got a little lost at the shelter which was actually fun. Plenty of water sources available as well as campsites. If you overnight you will have to park by the Turnipseed campsite off 281. They’ve closed the campground at Chinnabee Park so no overnight parking. Take the time to explore Devils Den. The trail is at the ridge top so you will either need to go down one of the many little trails or hike in from the park staying down by the water. All in all, great trip.

Wasn’t marked- couldn’t find trail to go under 133 from rockpile parking. Needs some serious maintenance and cleanup. A lot of trash - several alcoholic bottles lying around- campground looked like homeless camping... very disappointing... my mom and I both have hiked quite a few miles in Bankhead and Appalachian... this was sad... hopeful they’ll get it cleaned and marked.

Looks like it would be a beautiful place to hike...but as we just discovered, it's closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

hiking
25 days ago

Due to development the trailhead has moved to inside the neighborhood. This trial had quite a bit of incline for such a short distance. I'm not a bird watcher but I did get to see two bald eagles flying around which was all inspiring. I would recommend at least one trekking Pole

The good parts: challenging trail; good views; fun to hike. The bad part: poor to non-existant blazes, especially on the switchbacks. Good training, however. I highly recommend it and will be back! Bring plenty of water and electrolytes during periods of hot weather. There are no water sources on the trail other than the Lake.

trail running
28 days ago

My only complaint is the trail to cross over solid level ground rather than over the rock circle/retaining pond is not obviously marked. FYI, go left at the chainlink fence or you will disturb the efforts of some very annoyed fishermen... like I did. Also, when you reach the picnic area, the path picks back up on the other side of the pavilion in the tree line closest to the river.

I actually ran Rockpile and the paved Jogging Trail and back out Rockpile. Ended up being almost 6.5 miles. My puppers had a great time! Another side note, some other people did not have their dogs on leashes and would run up to me and my dog.

Great short hike. Trail was very well marked. Sweetwater Lake is a very beautiful, peaceful lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice park.
HORRIBLE HOURS 9:00-5:30
Park is well kept and can get busy, but worth the trip.
Red trail is my favorite but the falls are a must see.

It’s a beautiful trail, I’m a beginner hiker so I found it challenging in some areas, it was very well marked and has a gorgeous view of the water. Hopefully this trail will become easier for me the more I do it! Warning though, there are so many spider webs!! Gotta constantly stay on the look out

Great views of Lake Martin in some spots. There are a few difficult twists and short climbs but they're a blast! Trail could use a few more markers because I got turned around twice, but it wasn't difficult to get back on course.

Love this trail! Beautiful views of Lake Martin, some challenges (eye of the needle), a few switchbacks that can get you (well me anyway) turned around, but not too long. I come here regularly. Can get up early to spend 2 hours or so on this trail, then have the rest of the day in front of me. Of course it helps that it’s close by my house.

trail running
1 month ago

Well maintained trail on Rucker that isn't busy. Lots of shade and it is paved the whole way. 3 different distance options make it nice depending on what you're there for.

**WARNING** just took this hike on Labor Day and there were yellow jacket nests everywhere! luckily it was just me who got stung and not my wife, kid, or dogs. the hike itself is not bad but if you are there just to see the water then you would be better hiking to Cheah falls from the top then go back to your car and drive to lake Chinnabe and hiking to devel's den from there.

Very nice hike enjoyed the view. Very good workout when you are on vacation. Trails marked clearly.

My dog and I had a great time on this trail. The swimming holes about a half mile from the Chinabee Lake trailhead make for a nice place to cool off after the hike.

watch for gators

This state park is beautifully kept and has a wonderful waterfall feature on the trail. The only downside is the trail is not marked very well and there a lot of side trails and bike trails that crisscross

Probably my favorite trail so far. If a three year old can do it, so can you! Devil’s Den is a must visit.

easy and enjoyable

Always enjoy my hikes here. The flowers along the trail in the Spring are beautiful - my favorite time of year to hike this trail. Summer hikes are doable. Hot but manageable with water and frequent rest stops. There are shortened trails so if it’s too hot you can opt for these trails. Late Fall and Winter hikes are enjoyable with the cooler weather and less humidity.

Love love love this little state park! Great hiking, really great trails!

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy trail for those would like a couple of hours with nature.

Great trail with great views of the lake.

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