Explore the most popular forest 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
1 day ago

Nice views
Great paths
Marked well
Would do it again

hiking
1 day ago

This trail itself good and for the most part it is easy to follow. There were a few places where we briefly lost the trail, but that was likely our fault.

There are tons of rock formations and the river is great. When we went the water was not too cold and the air was the perfect temperature for hiking. I will definitely be coming back to this trail and I feel like I will see something new each time I come back.

Also, I don’t know how common it is to see the bioluminescent worms (glow worms/Dismalites), but I did get a chance to see them for some time in the very early morning hours - very cool to see next to the river!

Great place, the only thing was with all this wilderness a group of idiots had to camp right by us & make noises & scream all night. Besides that it was very nice.

mountain biking
1 day ago

Went there today and really enjoyed it. Past the pavement is great for a mountain bike. Saw 3 deer and of course squirrels. Nice trails, quiet woods.

hiking
2 days ago

well we started out trying to hike the Land Trust Loop but we ended up making our own loop. the old railroad bed is extremely rocky but also pretty cool. we met a man on the trail who gave us some nice information regarding the old railroad and made us appreciate the history more. all in all it was our first time on the land trust and we really enjoyed it! thankful for an organization committed to conserving, preserving, and protecting!

Fabulous trail well marked for the experienced hiker. Trails were well maintained. Absolutely beautiful scenery.

Trail was poorly marked very easy to get lost several places never did But still A big adventure to say the least To river crossings Lots of water until the last 3 hours out Camp sites everywhere I stayed Where the 2 creeks Fort together closest to the Big tree

The trail was great Did a overnight all the water is at the bottom Not a lot of used to get to the bottom it's gorgeous the waterfall was dry but still very cool Will go back to see it flow Can't get lost so don't worry just enjoy

hiking
5 days ago

Tackled this one with Venture Crew 749 because it was adjacent to our campsite. The views at the top are well worth the climb. We particularly liked the overlook near the top where we could look down at the lake far below.

My Husband and I hiked this yesterday! The trail is mostly along the river with a few trees down. We got a little off path on the way there but found our way back. There are no signs. There are many caves along the way, which are cool. The waterfall was beautiful, and there was a fire pit with lots of places to explore! We had the place to ourselves, too. Would definitely reccomend and do again!

I did this a few years ago with a group from church. About the same as the Cherokee Alpine. Great views!!!

Very historical. It is a paved trail. Very easy hike. Good for the whole family.

My wife and I did this last year. The best view of Lake Martin PERIOD as you climb to the top of Smith Mountain tower. A must see!!!’ Bring your camera.

An amazing experience. I have only recently started hiking so I was a little nervous about jumping right into this, but I am so glad that I did. The scenery is breathtaking. I was definitely winded when I got back to the vehicle, but loved every step of it.

hiking
6 days ago

Pretty but they really need to consider cutting their prices to hike in half...took 1 hour to complete and that is with all of us taking our time. I

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.

Thanks for the Memories

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"Back in my day, sonny (in the Golden 90s), this was definitely the teenage party spot!"

This was fun. A reviewer had posted that you could see views of the lake. I didn't see them but this was a beautiful trail anyway. I would rate this as Easy. It was perfect for a morning hike. I'm definitely going to go back and hike some of the other trails in the park.

This trail is nice. There are good views and at the end there is a cave loop! Three caves loop. A little strenuous but not too much. Alms House trail is about 2 miles to the the caves and 2 miles back of course. There are other trails around but I have been hiking before this trail so the other trails I did not take. Beautiful views as always promised when hiking in Alabama.

Lake Lurleen is a special treat for residents of the area. Great scenery, and several fun trails. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Easy hike, enjoyable

backpacking
7 days ago

My 15 year old son and I completed this loop counter clockwise starting at Adams Gap this past weekend. The first mile or two is a very pleasant up/down hike. Miles 3-4 included a very steep climb and fairly comfortable ridge line hiking until we reached the silent trail. Steep descent for a mile with a gradual decent for second mile into camping area where we overnighted about 1/8 mile from improved campground at Turnipseed. 2nd day we hiked the remainder of silent trail to skyway trailhead. Skyway trail is a moderate to hard trail with steep ascents and descents all along the six mile trail. Awesome campsites from 1-1.3 miles from Adams gap parking area; we stayed at the first site we came to which was large enough for 4-6 tents. Our third day was an honest climb from the bottom of a valley to the top of the Adams gap parking area. 1.3 miles took us almost 90 minutes, gradual climb the entire way!!! All in all, an awesome loop that can easily be completed in 48 hours!

backpacking
7 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!

hiking
7 days ago

SUNGLASSES: If you happen to locate a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses on this trail, then we would love to get them back! (kirk_e_hunt at yahoo dot com) We discovered a pair of sunglasses that someone left behind at the end, brought them back to the trailhead, and left them hanging on the trailhead sign. Hoping the owners will happen to come back and find them and also that one good trail deed will return one to us! Ha!

This was a very enjoyable hike! My wife and I, and our six children (ages 9-14), completed the in & out hike in about 5 hours to include an hour spent eating lunch and exploring the area at the end of the trail. I agree with the “hard” difficulty rating as the ascent back to the parking area is physically demanding. You’re not required to necessarily be “in shape”, but simply capable of physically handling the challenge. The kids handled it well and had a great time! They especially loved climbing and exploring around the area at the end.

The falls were dried up, as the area hasn’t had any decent rain in a while, but there was plentiful water that allowed us to filter and resupply our water before heading back out (water at the end was clear and refreshingly cold).

The trail itself wasn’t anything “exciting”, but the end was fully worth it. Several primitive campsites available in the valley section that I hope to make use of in the near future. Looking forward to going again 1) when there is a good water flow and 2) when the leaves are gone and are not masking a good view of the canyon walls.

Had a great time hiking the trails. My dog and I hiked all of the Orange Trail, all of the Blue Trail, all of the Family Loop biking trail (counterclockwise) and hiked from the Family Loop parking lot to the RV campground and then back along the road. All trails were very well marked with paint blazes. The only word of caution is to keep your eyes on the billions of roots!

We took a 3 year old, a 5 year old, and two dogs. We didn’t make it all the way to the walls because it was getting dark. But we made it to the waterfall and they boys loved it! We will definitely be coming back!

I was surprised with this little loop. Needed to get out of Auburn and take the hound for an early October hike near some water so he’d have a place to cool down. The trailhead is easy to find, well marked and just down the way from the Cherokee Ridge trail. The beginning is ok. An easy plod along an old road along the river. Swings uphill some and the dips into the forest. Things are a bit lame on this section as it seems to be an old hillbilly dumping ground. Lots of trash and abandoned refrigerators. Once the trail turns up into the forest things get much, much better. Nice forest stroll along a little brook. Quiet and serene. After a while in along the stream you’ll head uphill through a pine forest and come out to a surprising vista that reminds you Alabama isn’t all that flat. Good place for a sit (there’s some benches and picnic tables). The trail dips back into the forest and winds up some ridges and over hollows. A good hike back to the parking lot. Everything is really well marked. The trail association out here is pretty impressive.

walking
9 days ago

This is a beautiful spot and a gorgeous waterfall. There are several steps but there is a guard rail . It is a easy walk.

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