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Wonderful short and easy trail that takes you a large stairstrp cascade. Follow the trail further downstream and climb down for a different view and a hidden secret falls across the river.

easy trail ... Beautiful waterfalls... when you reach creek cross over and pickup the trail to the right... follow it to Parker falls

3 days ago

Nice trail, mostly on the ridgetop...not nearly as much climbing as the elevation profile appears. The relatively small scale on that profile is very deceptive. One hiker, Michael W., in our group, recorded it as about 17 miles, not 18 miles as the sign at Bull Gap Trailhead states.

trails are marked by white markers. nice hike by ponds, I suggest go out to blue point pond, download the alltrail.com app and it helps soo much. no one else was on the trails, I brought my dogs and it didn't take too long to hike. you have to pay 3 bucks for park fee. and 8 bucks for hookup fee, great RV park too. has fire pits and shower center.

Maintenance is being conducted. Staff apologetic that a lot of undergrowth and trees were taken out leaving trails needing to be remarked. Caution tape around trees was redirecting me to tracks leading to nowhere. New mulch obscured the trail. Never got beyond the trail head for the 1 mile. Even had two of the locals scratching their heads. No dogs allowed.

Hiked an out and back from Blue Lake Landing on 3/10/18 for 31 miles total. The trail is still muddy in places from recent rains/flooding. Several stream crossings but only one had to be forded. The others had logs across or could be jumped. Blazes on the gravel road north of the Nelson Ditch shelters have been removed. The new trail follows the river north to Gravel Landing; however, the trail is extremely primitive at this point. Though yellow blazes mark the trail, there has been little clearing of the trail in parts that don’t utilize forest roads.

Just a lot of fun. They've done a great job if incorporating a lot of hiking into a relatively small area. You could spend a lot of time loving it!

This is a really great extension of the Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail which is a part of the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association system (CRATA.org). The trail begins by following the white blazed Fire Tower trail. We made the ascent to the old tower which once was the central tower in a 6 tower network of fire lookouts. We followed the white trail until we connected to the light blue blazed Lakeshore Trail. We followed this a few hundred yards until it connected to the Magenta Blazed Little Smith Mountain trail.
The initial leg of the trail is an easy descent through mixed forest. There are some nice rocky outcrops on early sections of this trail combination, and I expect that this will get pretty shady as the hardwoods take on leaves. The trail turns southeast as you hit the lake. At this point you can take a spur trail to Boat Docks and Island Hop trail (Island Hop will be really fun next winter when the water level goes back down and it becomes accessible again without a swim.)
The trip back up Little Smith Mountain is rocky and narrow. CRATA suggests that it is not for young or unruly children and I tend to agree with them.. While it's not as treacherous as the nearby Deadening trail, it is very narrow in places and the margin for error is small.
The climb back up is through areas that are pretty sparse due to wildfires from a few years ago (and maybe from the tornadoes too). It's a really good place to see Nature reasserting itself in new growth.
We had a fun run in with a nesting hawk. The hawk decided our chihuahua looked like a tasty springtime meal and swooped on him before realizing we were right behind. him. He continued to track us while we were on the mountain.Got some nice photos out of it though.
The return trip is pretty easy. A nice walk in the woods.
I'm looking forward to going back in a few weeks to see how it changes as the lake fills and the trees fill in.

Just finished hiking the 10.25 loop here today. The trails were very well marked but for longer distances you saw some of the same things. To call this a moderate hike is a bit much if you have done any hiking before. Still a gorgeous place to go and see the waterfall.

7 days ago

This was an extremely challenging trail, but it doesn’t get challenging until close to the actual falls and of course the OUT and UP part.

We dropped a car at the Tennessee side and drove back to Alabama side and started there so that we could through hike. I think the through hike was the best idea because we got to see different things which kept it rewarding rather than an out and back situation.

It’s worth it but if it’s rainy it is quite slippery and a little scary. Trekking poles or walking sticks are essential in this sort of situation and would help even if it’s dry when you go.

It as my first time to hike this loop. Fortunately, I have a good sense of direction and a serviceable map of the Cheaha Wilderness Area which I printed from the USDA website beforehand. The Cave Creek section of the trail was poorly marked. I never saw a sign near the Trail Head or the Connector Trail. At one point I wasn't sure what trail I was on. Was I still on Cave Creek or had I pushed past it, moving on to the Nubbin Creek or Odum Scout Trail by then? . My map did not reflect what I was seeing and because of no signage, I had no way to verify my position. Stumbling upon a trail intersection is not good when there are no markings telling me what trail was what. All I knew is that if I took the trail that was heading generally west, I would eventually run into the Pinhoti. I never saw any signage for Cave Creek until I came across another trail intersection aprox a mile from the Pinhoti. Once you get to the Pinhoti, everything is gravy. This trail is wonderfully marked with blue blazes and metal tags, a welcome contrast to Cave Creek. Despite Cave Creek challenging my old Boy Scout skills, I had a wonderful time. And the Pinhoti serves up one gorgeous view after another. I can't wait to go back.

8 days ago

This trip kicked our tail. We went counter clockwise so we could hit the mountain first. Climbing the mountain had tons of rocks so be extremely careful not to twist an ankle. The path down was very similar. Once you make it to Chinnabee Silent Trail near the next railhead it levels out and is incredibly enjoyable for the next 5 miles. trail is 6 miles of rolling hills. You have to cross 3 creeks so be careful to spot the correct trail. The last 3 miles are mostly uphill and we were exhausted. Barely made it due to exhaustion. Having said all this, this is absolutely a trail worth taking. A beautiful view from the top of the mountain, gorgeous waterfalls, rolling hills, canyons, pine thickets, and some killer camping spots. The distance wasn't bad, but the elevation certainly was. Next time I'll make it a 3 day tip and preserve our strength.

A beautiful place! Easy hike in strenuous hike out.

9 days ago

correction to my prior review: I turned northEAST.

9 days ago

This was my first time to hike this trail. When I walked to the trailhead from the parking lot I took a wrong turn! I turned northwest and ended up on the Pinhoti. I hiked a few miles out and back in to the trailhead and decided - what the heck - I came to hike the Cave Creek Trail so I'm going to do it. I proceeded taking the trail south toward three o'clock in the loop - I would say this side of the hike was easy. I was able to move fairly quickly. The scenery changes dramatically on the "back side" - several areas when on the actual Pinhoti required finding the blazes. When I decide to hike this loop again I will dig the backside in on the front stretch. Great views on the backside.

It is not well marked. But I did a portion of it and just stayed next to the creek the whole time so I didn't get lost.

I felt like I was in a magical land of fairies and gnomes. There are beautiful waterfalls and moss and even some flowers in March. I thought I would see a gnome peeking out of the many holes in trees.

Really enjoyed the trail, definitely get a map at a near gas station since the place is easy to get lost in, a compass would also be useful.

12 days ago

This is a wonderful hike with a beautiful creek on one side and a great rock face to the other side. The "cave" can be a challenge for folks carrying a large pack (it will have to be removed) and anyone who has a little bit to their midsection might have a tough time getting through. It is a fun hike that has the potential of being made into a longer over-night trip by linking up with other trails in the Sipsey area.

Beware: the trails are not well defined and you will need a map in order to stay in the right direction. It is easy to get lost in Sipsey, so be sure to have solid directions.

12 days ago

Red Mountain Park is a good time and is perfect for a Sunday afternoon hike. Don't expect too much in the way of a challenge, and the red mud can be a pain to get out of your clothing. The view from Grace's Gap is decent and offers a fun stroll past some cool attractions.

12 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Birmingham area. Certainly a fun date with a semi-difficult hike to the top (depending on your activity level) and a very rewarding view at the end. I certainly recommend taking your time at the top of King's Chair so be sure to factor that into your allotted hiking time. It is great for dogs and offers a stunning view of the Chelsea area. It is always breezy at the top of King's chair, so plan accordingly.

12 days ago

pictures can not describe this place.
You have to see it in person.

Beautiful views. However not buy one campsite on this trail until you get to Adams's gap. At about mile 6 there are tock fields you must go through and it seems they never stop. I would advise not to wear trail runners. Gaiters such as dirty girl is also advisable during to briars about ankle high in many parts. Good water sources up to the rock fields after that I saw no water. I carried my pack (22lbs) anticipating on making it a 2 day hike but due to lack of campsites I hiked all the way through.

Took a Boy Scout Troop to hike and camp on 206. Beautiful scenery and lots to explore near Needle's Eye and Ships Rock. Look forward to returning to continue the exploration.

Well marked, well kept up, tons of informational posts along the trails along with park benches here and there to take a rest on. It's a haven in the middle of the city.

Great Hike! But would not give it a "hard" difficulty.

13 days ago

Beautiful summertime swimming hole.

One of my favorite hikes!

Busy, family fun day hike.

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