Alabama Hiking, Nature September 07, 2017
You’ll Discover The Most Breathtaking Scenery Along These 10 Trails In Alabama
Alabama is no stranger when it comes to natural scenic beauty. From canyons and rivers, to waterfalls and wildflowers, you’ll discover the most beautiful scenery along Alabama’s numerous hiking trails. Listed below are 10 of Alabama’s most breathtaking hiking trails. Without a doubt, they’ll bring out the explorer in you.
1. Pinhoti Trail
The Pinhoti Trail, which is located within the Talladega National Forest, extends from Flagg Mountain in Alabama to the Benton MacKaye Trail in Northeast Georgia. In Alabama, the trail's length is 172 miles, which makes it the state's longest hiking trail. From mountains and valleys, to waterfalls and streams, you'll experience lots of beautiful scenery while hiking the Pinhoti Trail.
2. Walls of Jericho Trail
The Walls of Jericho Trail, which is located near Hytop, is one of Alabama's toughest, yet rewarding, hiking trails. The length of this trail is about 6 miles (round trip), and it features beautiful waterfalls.
3. Noccalula Falls Historic Gorge Trail
The Noccalula Falls Historic Gorge Trail, which is located in Gadsden, is a 1.4-mile loop trail. It's accessible all year round and will lead you to caves, boulders, civil war carvings and a cascading creek. If you hike this trail, you'll also have access underneath the gorgeous Noccalula Falls. Be forewarned, experienced hikers have given this trail a difficult rating.
4. Peavine Falls Trail
The Peavine Falls Trail, also known as the Green Trail, is located within Oak Mountain State Park, which is Alabama's largest state park. It's a 1.7-mile loop trail that features a beautiful waterfall.
5. Doug Ghee Trail
The Doug Ghee Trail, which is located within Cheaha State Park, is a boardwalk trail that leads to the Bald Rock overlook. This 0.6 mile out and back trail is so easy that anyone can do it.
6. Chinnabee Silent Trail
The Chinabee Silent Trail, which is located within the Talladega National Forest, is approximately 12 miles out and back. It begins at Lake Chinnabee and ends at the Pinhoti Trail. It's great for all skill levels and features impressive rock outcroppings, stunning waterfalls and more.
7. Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail
The Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail, which is located within Madison's Rainbow Mountain Preserve, is a 1.5-mile loop trail that features numerous rock formations and great views. It's a great place to spend the afternoon hiking, and it's accessible all year round.
8. Dismals Canyon Trail
Dismals Canyon, which is located in Phil Campbell, offers a scenic 1.5 mile hiking trail that'll lead you to incredible boulders, stunning waterfalls and more. If you decide to hike this trail, you'll follow the stream that runs throughout the canyon. Dismals Canyon is one of Alabama's most beautiful places.
9. Eberhart Trail
The Eberhart Trail is located within the Little River Canyon National Preserve. Even though the length of this out and back trail is only 1.8 miles, it's very steep—so be careful. This scenic trail ends at Little River, and it offers an incredible view of the canyon floor.
10. Caney Creek Falls Trail
The Caney Creek Falls Trail, which is located near Double Springs, is a 1.7-mile out and back trail that features a stunning waterfall. It's a great trail for all skill levels and is accessible all year round.
Have you ever hiked any of these breathtaking trails? If so, what was your experience(s) like?
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