There are many spectacular hiking trails located throughout Alabama. If you’re a fan of hiking, but don’t enjoy taking long, strenuous hikes, you’re in luck. In addition to Alabama’s long and strenuous hiking trails, many short trails are also located throughout the state. Some are even less than five miles, including the nine hiking trails listed below.
1. Little River Canyon National Preserve/Martha's Falls Trail - 1.5 Miles
Hiking Martha’s Falls Trail, located in Fort Payne, only takes about 30 minutes to complete. Keep in mind, even though the majority of this trail is flat, there are several rough spots. Be extra careful if you decide to hike this trail.
2. Dismals Canyon - 1.5 Miles
Dismals Canyon, located in Phil Campbell, is a privately owned National Natural Landmark. The canyon's trail passes over a bridge, then through a wilderness area filled with beautiful moss and ferns, and finally passes below several large bluffs. The trail eventually leads to a beautiful waterfall.
3. Monte Sano State Park/Mountain Mist Trail Loop - 3.7 Miles
The Mountain Mist Trail Loop, located in Huntsville, features amazing overlooks, multiple creeks and large bluffs. This is a wonderful spot for an afternoon hike, even during the winter.
4. Russell Cave Trail - 2 Miles
At an elevation of approximately 1,300 feet, the Russell Cave Trail goes up the side of Montague Mountain and eventually ends up at the Russell Cave National Monument. The Russell Cave National Monument is located near the town of Bridgeport.
5. Oak Mountain State Park/Peavine Falls Trail - 1.9 Miles
Peavine Falls Trail is also known as the Green Trail. It's important to note that this steep trail won't take you directly to Peavine Falls. Instead, the moment the trail ends, you'll have to take either the White Trail or Blue Trail if you wish to get to Peavine Falls.
6. Tannehill Historical Trail - 4.2 Miles
The Tannehill Historical Trail will take you on a hike through Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, which is located in the town of McCalla. This historic park is a great place to spend the day hiking and learning about an important time in Alabama's history.
7. Horseshoe Bend Trail - 2.8 Miles
The Horseshoe Bend Trail is located near the town of Daviston and is great for all skill levels. This popular hiking trail is accessible year-round.
8. Cheaha State Park/Doug Ghee Trail - 1 Mile
The Doug Ghee Trail is a boardwalk that leads to an observation platform at Bald Rock. The view hikers will experience the moment they reach this platform is incredible! It's one of the finest views from Cheaha Mountain. Cheaha Mountain is Alabama's highest natural point and is located in the town of Delta.
9. Vulcan Trail - 1 Mile
The Vulcan Trail is located on the north slope of Birmingham's Red Mountain. This popular trail offers some of the most beautiful scenic views of downtown Birmingham.
Have you ever taken any of these nine hiking trails? What other short Alabama hiking trails would you recommend?