Explore the most popular forest trails near Huntsville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

Great views and nature, not too crowded so that is always a bonus.

hiking
3 days ago

Wouldn't recommend during the heat of the day

Great hike! At a quick pace it will take about 2 hours to complete.

backpacking
7 days ago

Only went 3 miles, nice hike.

This was a fun, quick hike that would be great for families, because there aren't any rocky/bouldered areas to negotiate, and the inline is really gradual. Certain areas were shaded, but others were fairly exposed to the sun and somewhat overgrown -- which worried me a little bit, because there are some prime rattlesnake spots, so do be cautious. It took us about an hour and forty minutes round trip, but we took it at a fairly quick pace, so I'd allot 2-2.5 hours for a more leisurely pace.

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail and some awesome views. I would say the hike is right on with moderate and the creek at the end is ice cold so nice to put your feet in before you head back.

hiking
14 days ago

This was a moderate hike with good shade. There are mountain bikers but we weren’t bothered by them. We took the dog who enjoyed the little steam and pond at the bottom. Great views at the top.

Good hike for kids. Amazing views at the overlook.

Awesome hike. It's a pretty narrow dirt trail the whole way, surrounded by green (in the summer at least). You're up a slight steady incline, then it flattens out, then down back to the reservoir. Same going back. There's a section in the middle that opens up into a desert wildflower field. Overall, great hike!

backpacking
21 days ago

I spent the night here and had a good time. The river is beautiful and it would be cool to record with a drone. Lots of kayaks here. The parking is horrible on the weekend. The cops had a checkpoint at the entrance and were searching cars.

29 days ago

Overall, a nice trail that’s not strenuous. The view at the end is a good payoff for your time. I’d suggest this as a good family hike, since little ones will probably be okay. The only drawback is that this trail seems to be very popular with mountain bikers and there can be a lot of traffic at times. There are sometimes a few that go too fast for the safety of hikers on this trail.

backpacking
30 days ago

The trail is marked at the beginning but not anywhere else. It’s not that big of a deal there only 2 split offs (just stay to the right). It does get narrow at times but not bad and has good clearance above. There are about 10 camp areas and they are all within ear shot of the creak and makes for a great night sleep. We went on a Wednesday for an overnight trip and we were the only ones there. Which was even better. The lake was up to the camping area which makes it nice to bring your kayak in. I took my 7/10 year old girls on their first backpacking/camping trip here. They both had gear and had no problem with the trail. it took us about 2 hours to make it back with stops along the way to take pictures. On the way back it only took 1:20.

horseback riding
1 month ago

definitely my favorite trail to take the horses! gone here since I was little. love it! Very little traffic.

on Skull Crack Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. I started early and had limited traffic but coming back ran into several groups. The reservoir is kayak central. About 30 kayaks when I left and hundreds when I came back. If you go later in the morning or day parking will be a challenge.

Nice little hike with some wonderful views, well shaded for large parts of it

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery. Only saw a few people on the trail. Get to the trailhead early because the parking lot fills up with those looking to canoe.

We did this trail yesterday and the meadows were full of wildflowers. It was wonderful!

Beautiful views, mostly shaded trail which I loved, great hike, will be doing it again!

fishing
1 month ago

Easy beautiful hike around the reservoir. Timed it the trip right after a rain strom and my dog and I were the only ones around. It was fantastic.

trail running
1 month ago

Spectacular views and a well maintained trail. The mnt bikers need to learn some trail.etiquette. Other than that I would love to go back a do some more exploring.

Great hike, especially for warmer months as there is a lot of shade along most parts of the trail. It’s pretty popular with bikers, but it’s great for a casual hike.

on Skull Crack Trail

1 month ago

I went yesterday (5/29/18) with my friend, her 3 kids (6,11,13) and our two dogs. Everyone had a great time. There was hardly anyone there. The scenery was absolutely stunning. This is now one of my favorite places to go.

hiking
1 month ago

Great steady incline with beautiful wildflowers. My small dogs and kid can do it so it’s pretty moderate for sure.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great little trail if your looking for a getaway. We heard there were a few campsites at the Causey inlet,. There were so we stayed the night. Beautiful scenery, good up and down on the trail, but not too long if you want to take some younglings with with you. I wish I had brought a fishing rod. I have never seen so many fish jumping just before sunset.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous trail, beautiful views and flowers right now

hiking
2 months ago

Great 2 mile hike if you go to Nort parking lot and back and don't take the full loop. it was pretty, and an easy hike with kids. I just didn't enjoy how extremely heavily trafficked it was. However, it is very dog friendly!

hiking
2 months ago

Had a bad day, work was a pain, hit the trail to work some stuff out.. heard this was a busy trail, only passed one runner. Saw a moose, rode it, day got better.

walking
2 months ago

Nice uphill climb and easy wide trail. Love the waterfalls and creek. Great walk. Lots of bikers.

horseback riding
3 months ago

Great view of salmon run

Trail was pretty snow packed - I had coils on but you probably could have made it without. View at the top was unbeatable. Took me about 3 hours round trip!

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