Explore the most popular Paddle Sports 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 love the place! Spend a lot of time there. Hiking there seems very moderate to me. I have seen deer, a fox, owls, and lots of nice birds including my favorite woodpeckers.

There was no visible trailhead, and the trails we did find only went a short distance. Trash was everywhere and it smelled awful

Put in at Judy Creek and CR20. 4:20 to John Hutto Park public boat ramp. Recent rain was not sufficient to prevent dragging and hanging on submerged rocks in the vicinity of many very minor rapids. After the confluence with the West Choctowatchee hangups we're fewer and once merging with the East Choctowatchee it was easy floating. Newton river station reported 4.7 foot stage hight. Upriver at Skipperville reported 5 foot stage hight.

mountain biking
rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful falls and surrounding area. Signage and trail marking is awful though and we spent a lot of time doubling back and trying to figure out which way to go. Also, hikers beware: I found a tick behind my knee on the way home, so be sure to check yourself over after hiking.

Nice trail. Lots of cool ramps for bikes. One small waterfall from the lake over a dam.

The trails are well maintained and easy to follow. This would be a great hike to do with kids and pets. Not overly challenging if you have been hiking for a while.

As a new hiker, I found this trail appropriate for my skills. It is peaceful, pretty, and quiet. Cyclists and hikers share the path, so be alert. I did both loops and found the approach more daunting than the actual trail. I plan to make this a regular part of my training.

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blowdown
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
private property
washed out
2 months ago

First off I would like to start by saying that I enjoyed my trail experience. However there were some issues with where to park to start the trail as there are vehicle blockades and signs stating no vehicles. The next issue we had was with the lack of trail markers and overgrown areas infested with spiders. One of the two shelters we stopped at was very clean and maintained while the other looked as if no one had been there in months. There was some flooding along the trail which was to be expected however there was one part that had us wading through over knee deep water. Overall My Brother and I still had fun and we will be going back to hike the trail in it’s entirety.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
over grown
private property
2 months ago

Over all we enjoyed our trip. We had trouble getting to staple fork launch were we wanted to begin our hike and end at Gravel Launch, most roads that GPS would give guidance for were closed or crossed into private property. We hiked 3 miles just from where we could find a spot to park to end up way in the wrong direction due to the “trail” to use to get from Ray Road to Staple-fork landing was way over grown. Had our first experience-with trail Angels as there was a gentleman and his wife who were dealing with the same frustration although they were in a vehicle. They offered us a ride to Staple-fork landing were we were finally able to start our Hike. We hit a total of 12.1 miles before stopping and breaking camp at Nelson Ditch Shelter. Even though we had no intentions of using the shelters, the shelters had not been maintained. The trail over all from Staple Fork to Nelson ditch was over grown in many areas and not maintained, there was not any signs for nelson ditch shelters along the trail either. Luckily ALL TRAILS app had me covered and we were able to find it via satellite. If more care had been done to this part of the Alabama Trail it would have easily scored a 4. Even though scored it at a three me and my brother plan to go back and hike the trails entirely.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Nice hike. Several trees down across trail. Lots of high school kids in late afternoon.

My Fitbit measured 4 miles. A few steep hills but mainly a rolling hike thru the woods and the loop was mainly flat. Nothing but trees and a small pond. The deeper in the woods the more peaceful. I could hear cars for about the first mile or so.

Poorly marked and maintained trails. The waterfall is more of a runoff from the man made lake.

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bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
3 months ago

Very nice trail and park

hiking
muddy
scramble
3 months ago

Trail is poorly/not marked - and should not be depicted as a loop, as water crossing was almost impossible for kids. Creek is filled with litter and golf balls. No blazes on the trail to depict where you are. Terrain is not difficult, only steep around the falls.

walking
4 months ago

This is a wonderful trail and it is a National Recreation Trail

Love this park and trails

5 months ago

Favorite place to kayak in my home town. There's even a rope swing by a cute waterfall :)

Great local trail. Only did the first section from Staples Fork Landing to Peadon, but was beautiful and well marked. Plan to go again this weekend.

Really nice spot. Took 11, 9, and 3 yr olds and they all had a good time. Difficulty is what you make it. Somewhat steep track down a hill to the falls, the rocks on the stream can be tricky if you decide to play around on them, but nothing has to be too crazy if you don’t want it to be and you can still enjoy a great view and environment.

tricky for me but the waterfall is worth it

This is a great trail for locals who really want to get away from the Mobile Bay area suburbs. My grandson & I only had time to do an out & back on the first section starting at Blue Lake Landing. The trail is well marked. Some muddy spots, but nothing to bother a casual hiker. Watch for spider webs across the trail in the pine forest sections if those freak you out. We hiked this in mid-October, which is an excellent time to beat the heat. Use insect repellent & check for ticks.

It is an okay trail, nothing too special. It is hilly which I enjoyed.

Hiked on a Saturday after a big rain and the trail was still hard packed. Only one tree down but the trail was good. Did the total trail system and it took us a little more than an hour and a half. This is a good practice trail for something bigger.

Out and Back easy 20-30 minute short trail starting from parking lot beside Hwy 98 or parking at Weeks Bay Reserve Center. The main trail leads to small wharf on Weeks Bay water/marsh edge where Pelicans fish the waters. Have seen some patches of poison ivy growing along trail routes so beware if you are susceptible. So far we have not contracted any.. Some work in restoring the area to its natural habitat. Weeks Bay workers always friendly, accommodating and welcoming to us dogs. Also some boggy water areas that look prime habitat for snakes.. We are doing this trail regularly in Winter - early spring on colder days to avoid snakes since we pups can't stay out of the water. That said we have only seen an occasional garden snake..

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

More easy than moderate. This trail was okay, decent and relatively easy. A lot of shade so it’s ok going there on sunny and hot days. Well maintained trail. Went to both the north and south loops on the same day.

Awesome place!

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

This is very nice trail system close to the University of Alabama. It is very easy to follow. There are two serious hills to climbs, but other than that, the elevation changes are easy. You can still hear highway traffic, but it is still peaceful. Hikers and bikers are sharing the trails, so be mindful, but the locals are super nice.

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