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trail running
13 days ago

Easy, short, and relaxing

Nice little park with a scenic walking path. Easy trekking, completely flat, gravel top.

We followed the directions to the end of dolphin island to start the trail...it is a mess! Lots of construction and there is no specific area where to start the trail. We drove back and parked in the public beach parking and started there. It was a great ride from there to the other end!

Very nice set of trails. All paved and boardwalks. My wife and I walked with our black lab and enjoyed it. It was very heavy traffic even for February so I imagine once tourist season gets in full swing there will be little solitude. Great park!

The river half of the trail is great. The city half is that-mostly on city streets. Well marked but shared with cars.

I went on this trail a few weeks ago on a beautiful autumn day in early November and something felt "off" and unsafe about the trail. It might be best for trail runners and bikers who won't be on its 3.7 miles for very long. In my opinion, it's not a leisurely trail that can be enjoyed by walking even in the best of conditions. The history of a railroad being there is cool but doesn't make up for the feeling of it being a claustrophobic funnel.

I enjoy hiking and have been to several places in town - Jemison, Ruffner, Moss Rock, etc. as well as places out of state. I like to have wide clearings for line of sight and safety and this place doesn't have that.

1) The entire trail is gravel, with no pavement except for the short road crossing by the dog park. If you enjoy the Black Creek Park loop you will be okay on the trail. This is not really an issue, just worth noting if you have a trail preference.

2) This is an "out and back" trail as described on this site. It is not very scenic. The trail is very narrow and either side has high embankments with dense trees. In some places you could see homes through the trees but after a while it was just forest. At one point there was an option to walk a trail that passed creek side but it didn't look safe. The route down to the creek bed was not clearly marked and seemed to be overgrown.

3) The benches provided at markers are good, however, there was a shed halfway down the trail with two strange broken up school chairs inside. I did not like that on a narrow trail with potentially no one else around you can't see if anyone is inside until you are next to it. It seems like trouble waiting to happen. I understand the need for shelter in the event of a shower or storm but this structure was foreboding. A canopy structure or bus station-type seating area with open sides or grating would be much safer here.

4) The trails ends on a well-traveled road next to a subdivision entrance. It was a relief to see civilization but still a little jarring, and there was no place to park a car at the end like there is at Lakeshore Trail. So it was back down the funnel.

I highly discourage this trail for use by walkers especially if it's just one or two people. The trail was shady literally and figuratively. Seems like it might be pretty nice for bikers though, and I saw quite a few.

There's far more than 4 miles worth of trails. Come check it out be prepared to run uphill.

Great system of trails and will be even better once the construction is finished with easy access to the beach and fishing pier.

trail running
4 months ago

Best area I've ever run. Boardwalks and paved around the entire state park. Campground is awesome and a good location to start.

The trail was gorgeous in a lot of places that made it worth the trip but some areas were really overgrown and snake-y! And it wasn't really a loop. We had to retrace. But beautiful place!

Trail is currently closed for construction. I had to give a star to comment so don't have a rating yet!

The nicest trail I've ever been on . I walked on the south side of pavement in the grass and sand. Was about 50% shaded walking there. Plenty of rest stop benches along the way . I did the 1.5 straight out and back . Completely flat . Swinging bench at the 1.5 stop along with a restroom house . Great.

Paved bike/walking path alongside Lake Guntersville

Lots of access points with 9 trail heads and good parking. Easy ride. Well marked with mileage markers and way finding.

road biking
6 months ago

road biking
6 months ago

Great trail for easy biking. Decatur just added several miles and plan to add additional trails soon. Particularly good for family rides if you start at Point Mallard. Much of those trails are not shared with vehicles. Beginning near Market Street the paths are on city streets, but still well marked. The majority, if not all, of the trails are on asphalt. There is plenty of parking at all the trailheads.

This is a gravel trail that is great for biking and walking to cross country running as there are paths that are Along the trail to wonder off too.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Potential for a 5 with a better map, but a missed turn put me on Perdido Beach Blvd with my 7 & 9 year old boys for about a mile - mile and a half. If you reach Perdido Beach from State Park Rd., go back and turn right onto the next path to access the newly developed boardwalk. There seemed to be some development underway on the trail that will deliver an optimized experience.

7 months ago

Nice trail to walk, run, or bike, decent views of city. This is fully paved so "trail" is subjective. This trail is also totally flat so I'm not sure why it's ranked as moderate.

Great paved trail. Lots of wildlife and lots of traffic to get to the trail.

Great easy walk. Take kids in a two seater stroller without any difficulty.

A nice and easy trail. and a beautiful little botanical garden by Pell City Garden Club.

this is not an adventure trail, but a gorgeous walking jogging biking one

8 months ago

My dog and I had a good time. It's been raining so the current was really strong. We had to go to the end of the trail to find a safe place for him to swim.

on Black Creek Trail

8 months ago

This is a great trail option for something close to the city. The trail itself is more like a gravel drive and is very developed. The entry point I came in on the trail was actually at about the 1.7 mile marker so I didn't really make a loop. And it looks like the loop goes through part of the town. Where the water fall is you can see main streets and restaurants so you're not hiking "back into the woods". There is a nice park area for families and picnics and also rv parking etc. if you stay on the trail it's more of a walk. And is definitely an easy walk and not really hiking. It was disappointing at first. I consider Amicalola Falls, GA to be moderate. This is easy to me - just for a reference point. Now- if you want to do some hiking and climb up and down rocks and pathways and actually see the river and the waterfall at the bottom you have to go "off trail" to get to another trail. We went down a trail that has a wooden post by it (shown in the pics) and it takes you down the left canyon edge (as you're facing the waterfall) to get to the waterfall. This is what made the trip worthwhile to us. It has a good "basin" at the bottom of the waterfall where you can hike back behind the falls and enjoy the mist and breeze. If you go to hike - go off trail. If you go to walk stay on the path. Also check out their app for their trail system. We didn't have it - but When we went they were taking down markers for what they call the barbarian challenge - which is an alternative route with obstacles and a race they have. We used part of this challenge course to get off the main path and enjoy more underdeveloped scenery and it overlaps with some of the main trail- it might help make the trip more adventurous for those who like to do more hiking.

trail is in need of maintenance

Very nice trail! Enjoyed the trail from start to finish. Plan to visit this trail with my kids to ride bikes.

10 months ago

Easy walk

beautiful easy paved trail with off path options to see the beauty of Black Creek!

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