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Best trails in Fort Payne

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Looking for a great trail near Fort Payne, Alabama? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cloudland Canyon State Park or DeSoto State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Noccalula Park or Berry College Nature Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Fort Payne ranging from 2 to 3.1 miles and from 1,145 to 1,709 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Fort Payne
Top trails (10)
#1 - Little River Canyon
Little River Canyon National Preserve
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 33 m
#2 - Laurel Falls and Lost Falls Trails Loop
DeSoto State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
This trail starts counter-clockwise on the orange blazed trail, going southwest. Eventually reaching Lost Falls, the hiker turns left and continues back northeast on the blue blazed trail, back to the parking area.Show more
#3 - DeSoto Scout Trail
DeSoto State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
The trail is open from DeSoto State Park(DSP) to the new "Backcountry Trailhead" on Backcountry Road 5, in Little River Canyon National Preserve (LRCNP). At that point the trail follows backcountry road 5 to Edna Hill Church. The entire trail is marked with "DST" signs, except within DSP, where it is marked with a yellow blaze. Approximately 300 more signs are to be added before November, so it will be easier to find your way. Within DSP, from the northern border going south, the DST has a great trailbed and travels along the bluff line. It meanders around a few creeks and waterfalls that flow into the River. Past Indian Falls, the DST descends to the riverside. The footbed is sand river rocks, and some huge sunken boulders as this area is in the floodplain.Show more
#4 - Laurel Falls Trail Loop
DeSoto State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
This trail stays on the orange blazed Laurel Falls Trail the whole time, passing Laurel and Lost Falls.Show more
#5 - Laurel Falls from Lost Falls Trailhead
DeSoto State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 56 m
#6 - Never Never Land Loop
DeSoto State Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
This is a popular mountain biking loop in DeSoto State Park. There is also a backcountry camping side on the southern end of the loop.Show more
#7 - Beaver Pond Trail
Little River Canyon National Preserve
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 35 m
This trail has several bridges, an observations dock, and rest benches.Show more
#8 - Desoto State Park Family Bike Loop
DeSoto State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 53 m
#9 - Horseshoe Falls Trail
Little River Canyon National Preserve
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
#10 - Lower Two Mile Trail
Little River Canyon National Preserve
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 19 m