Explore the most popular lake 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
10 days ago

This likely won’t apply to anyone who uses this app, but I have to say it: flip flops aren’t ideal hiking shoes, particularly the $5 Alvin’s Island variety, and I am not sure why anyone would think they were. So, I felt very little pity for all the folks I saw on the trail wearing said shoes and complaining about their difficulties: “they should let people know...yada yada yada.”

Nope...you shouldn’t go for walk in the woods wearing shower shoes. Craziness.

ALSO....please carry you garbage out with you!!!

Very well maintained trails thanks to the volunteers and the local boy Boy Scout troop’s Eagle Scout project! Very quiet area and lovely experience! I will be back!
Be sure to bring some bug spray!

Great trail! My 7 year old hiked all the way to the waterfall and back. We found lots of cool mushrooms, dragonflies, animal holes, rocks, and leaves. A dragonfly took a ride on my finger, and my daughter found a dead little bumblebee she created a Viking funeral for with a leaf in the creek. We swam and relaxed before hiking back. This trail is a hidden gem.

hiking
11 days ago

I enjoyed my hike on the red trail (7 Miles). More trail markers for clear directions would have been helpful but the trails were well-defined and good.

If you go past the trail head in the parking lot, there is a road access that turns into a paved access. A lot easier for those needing to use strollers and such.

This trail is a surprising gem in Alabama. Incredible views.

Lakeside trail is in excellent shape. Hike down to below the dam and watch the waterfall so serene.

Had a wonderful time hiking. The trail is hard and slippery in spots but well worth the hike. Gorgeous views and great spots to sit on rocks and take a break and enjoy the scenery.

Very easy trails. 4.7 miles in the heat. All paved or boardwalk

great place, to relax and swim,and see alligators

Nice walk in the woods well marked - there is lots of poison oak so I didn’t get to go on some of the deviated trails due to my allergies

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike in the woods just remember to bring your bug spray as soon as you hit the trees you are encased in mosquitoes the view was great the smells are nice and you see lots of little critters

walking
1 month ago

Cute scenery and usually very clean. Water is pretty and has ducks, geese, turtles & fish to feed if you bring a few quarters for the food. Off the side of the main driving road there is a wildflower garden which is very pretty, although I wish someone with parks and rec would take some time to clean up the potted plants in the back. Overall I would definitely go again and recommend it.

This is one of my favorite afternoon hikes. It doesn’t take long, but there’s plenty of wildlife (birds, skink, gator) to see. I love taking a breather at the beach and enjoying the view of Sand Island Lighthouse in the distance.

hiking
1 month ago

I didn’t do the whole Bump Trail because there was a mountain bike race on the trail the day I went so I did the Treetop Nature Trail (.5 mile family friendly walk with exhibits of rescued raptors) to the Yellow Trail, also called the Foothills Trail, ending at Lake Tranquility. This route intersected me with the Bump Trail a few times. There were some elevation gains on the Yellow Trail that added a challenging touch, and in many areas you truly get the feeling of being by yourself in the woods. The Yellow Trail winds you multiple times near and over a very scenic creek, so if you’re a “fill as you go” hiker you’ll have plenty of opportunities for water refills or to just get you hat wet to cool off like I did. The trail looks like it ends at a picnic area because of a downed bridge but a short walk around reveals a second bridge. Continuing on this trail takes you to the Lake Tranquility dam, which you approach via a trail next to the dam’s spillway which makes for a nice waterfall, and the trail wraps around the small lake for more great scenery.

Was a beautiful trail. Well marked with awesome views.

This was a very beautiful trail. A large portion of it winds right beside a stream blotted with lots of drops and a waterfall or two.For me it was a fairly easy trail and only became more inclined halfway through. A good trekking pole would serve most people well. A must see if you are in northeast Alabama.

My only slight negative is that it was highly trafficked, at least compared with most other trails I’ve been on. This could’ve also stemmed from it being Memorial Day weekend however.I like the solitude of a lonely trail, but that is just my preference. Great trail nonetheless!

Should be closed. Close to dangerous. Not maintained at all. Multiple downed trees. At about one mile the blazes just stop. Hasn’t been maintained at all recently. We are fairly avid hikers and it’s the worst I’ve ever been on.

Multiple trails for those who want a shorter workout or one less strenuous. One beautiful section travels next to Lake Jordan. Plenty of parking.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great trail for some cardio!

Awesome spot. Lots of history, reading, fire tower view is amazing if you aren't afraid of heights. I would not recommend this as easy either. It's short but steep in parts as well as rocky. May be difficult for people that are not sure footed, kids would be fine...lots to climb on.

Beautiful beach on Alabama's last free-flowing river - tons of space, the river is clean and safely fast. Great landing for canoes and awesome place to swim in the Summer.

Scenic trail with great views of the swamp/lakes. Numerous benches. Lots of mosquitoes so wear lots of bug spray. Overgrown in some parts but not too bad.

I enjoyed this hike. it had just enough hills to keep you breathing hard but very relaxing. quiet lil shelter at the end of the trail. not very long there and back.

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy trail, you do have to cross water at the end of the trail. Watch out for snakes.

Great place for a short backpacking trips. We were able to carry one liter of water each without running low due to the stream that the trail follows.

backpacking
2 months ago

This trail has it all! Planted pines where you can see for 100s of yards, beautiful waterfalls, and numerous overlooks and elevation changes. I started at the Turnip Seed side of the trail and hiked to Lake Chinnabee. The trail is very well maintained the only spot where it was a little dicey was when you get to Cheaha Falls just continue right over the flat rocks before the falls and follow the trail which works it’s way up the hill to the left to the Cheaha Falls Shelter, where I chose to camp. Devils Den Falls is also an amazing place, perfect for swimming. I would watch for snakes obviously I had one cross the trail in front of me along a stagnant part of the creek. Also there are a lot of bear postings so be aware of that and use a bear bag 200 ft minimum from your campsite if overnighting. I will definitely be back!

hiking
2 months ago

A great place for family, kids or a nice walk. I don't recommend for hiking, as it's mostly just a stroll through the woods.
Very beautiful place. They have bathrooms, a pavilion with snack machines, grills and different events from time to time.
Again, I don't recommend for hiking but it's worth visiting!
AND PLEASE..... IF YOU HAVE DOGS, TAKE POOP BAGS AND PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG.

We took our two dogs out here for the first time last summer. This park is stunning!!! Our girls found the small waterfall and run off and dove straight in. Definitely going to come back out here and rent a cabin

Fun easy for all ages

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