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Blowdown reported earlier has been cleared. Nice hike, not really difficult but not a novice hike either. Great views when hardwood leaves have dropped. Fire tower has been removed. Opportunity exists for some exploring off trail up some of the coves or further along the ridge. While a wilderness area, it is not old growth.

A steep climb, but not that difficult. My wife did it while 5 months pregnant. Cheaha lake is a nice place during the summer with plenty of family fun in the warmer months. Everything you need there with a camp ground right across the road.

Pleasant walk to the overlook. Not much to see until that point. The view from bald rock is amazing. You can see everything from Oxford to Talladega. If you like rappelling or rock climbing then this a great spot for this. I'm not sure if they let people rappel there anymore though. There is also a modestly steep trail leading down to Cheaha lake. My wife was 5 months pregnant and had very little problem coming down or going back up. The Hawks riding air streams come very close to the main rocks if there aren't alot of people. Picture perfect.

There are caves in the area, but they are not easy to find. Gotta know the history. A very large recess behind the waterfall. Most days of the year the falls are breathtaking. The trail is a bit rugged and slick here and there,but all together pleasant. As usual around water sources, watch for snakes. Caught a few cute little yellow ring necks near the falls. Seen a few guys ride their kayaks off the top of the falls once. VERY ILLEGAL!! Nobody was hurt. At least a good 100ft drop. It was awesome!!

A very nice and easygoing hike. Water flows next to the trail almost the whole way. Watch out for snakes!! I have seen a few water moccasins along this trail. Absolutely perfect for spring and fall hiking. it does run through a management area. So be cautious during hunting season. Once you get to the lake it's a great places for a picnic, pictures, fishing (with a valid fishing license!!), and frog gigging

It's a great trail, but there are too many random dogs

Great trail. Easy hiking

We had a blast. Be extra careful around the waterline trail.

One of those trails that you just have to see in person. It’s a long hike so do take some protein and water but well worth it! Low traffic so we enjoyed the trail to ourselves mostly.

2 days ago

First time here and loved it. The pier has been repaired and the trail is well maintained. I will definitely be back.

Beautiful views!

Nice set of trails. Very easy walk. Great for seniors.

Bike trails in total make a beautiful meandering training workout. Wonderful in Autumn

5 days ago

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

5 days ago

Amazing, hike wasn’t too hard to get through. Came after it rained and was muddy and slippery but made it through fine. Waterfalls were beautiful! Hiked all the way back, really after the second waterfall/sink hole there wasn’t anything I saw, would just hike to the second one and then turn back around.

Steep section is tough to do with dogs. Would not recommend taking pets on that section. Beautiful hike otherwise.

Really peaceful beautiful place!

My favorite trail to date. A true wilderness. Did this loop in January, round 40 degrees, did not realize I would have to cross the Sipsey twice on this loop. Know you’re going to have to get a little wet out there, but that’s part of the adventure. Randolph was fairly boring till you get closer to Sipsey from there, the whole time your traversing along the River, there’s consistently something to see and something to maneuver. Really wonderful trail, I’ll be back to Sipsey very soon!

Loved it!

Nice short trail but well maintained..

I would call this a track not really a trail. It made for a decent Sunday walk, but not much to look at.

7 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our day hike today, despite the rain. We entered at the Braziel trailhead and took 223 - 208 - 224 - 204. Because of the rain and that it was our first time we missed the tree and carried on for about another mile till we backtracked and found what we were looking for. Don’t know how we missed it - it’s huge! We hike often, so this was a long but fairly easy trail. All in all we did 9.7 miles. Cold and wet at the end but happy with our adventure. We can’t wait to come back in the spring.

Mostly flat easy paved/sidewalk route. I did 2 miles today. Lots of students use this walkway due to convenience to campus.

Moderately flat. Parts of it followed the creek. Nice cascading small waterfalls. Very well-maintained and trees were marked. Trail is also s mountain bike trail. There were 2 folks hunting squirrels so next time I’ll wear a bright orange hat!

Great hike beautiful waterfall! As others have mentioned, it’s steep going down, take your time...we had lunch on the rocks as well.

I believe this is one of the newer CRATA trails. Drove over Thursday from Montgomery for a day hike and some me time. Really enjoyed the trail. Was really relaxing as the trail meandered by the stream. The Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association does a great job. The four benches and the picnic table are a great addition. The hills are kind of tiring. Was glad I had a hiking stick on the boulder section. The pine straw was kinda slick. Overall a really nice trail. One of my favorite in the area.

I did the 3.5 mile hike today with my dog. The trail was well marked and fairly easy to follow. My suggestion to the folks that maintain the trail is to update the blazers especially in places where it seems you could go multiple directions. They were easy enough to follow but some could use a repaint. Other than that the trail was well marked and great sights to see along the way. It had a few sections that were moderately challenging but not to bad. I did get a slight bit confused at the beginning.m but that was my fault for not paying attention. When you park at the trail head you will come back to the road in the first few minutes but just pay attention to the markers on the curb that lead you back into the woods after waking the street for a little ways. All in all a great trail and takes you away from even realizing you are in Alabama. I would recommend to anyone.

I believe this is one of the newer CRATA trails. Drove over Thursday from Montgomery for a day hike and some me time. Really enjoyed the trail. The Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association does a great job. The trail was relaxing when it meandered by the stream. The four benches and picnic table are a nice addition. A good place to rest and enjoy the serene views. The hills are a bit tiring and I'm glad I had a hiking stick coming down the boulder section. The pine straw was a bit slick. Overall a very nice trail. One of my favorite in the area.

Beautiful hike, well maintained even in winter. Go early to avoid the crowd. Great views and waterfalls, creeks.

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