Nature August 23, 2016
10 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In Alabama
Who says you must be highly skilled when it comes to hiking? Well, you don’t! Alabama is home to many trails that have an ‘easy’ rating and offer incredible scenery. Listed below are 10 of Alabama’s easiest hikes, and none of the trails are more than five miles.
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1. Caney Creek Falls Trail
The Caney Creek Falls Trail is located within the William B. Bankhead National Forest and features a stunning waterfall. This 1.7 mile trail is a great out and back hike for all ages, and it also offers great photo opportunities.
2. Madison County Nature Trail
This 1.3 mile loop nature trail is located near Huntsville, Alabama and features a lake. It's great for all skill levels and is also dog friendly, so be sure to bring your canine companion along for the adventure.
3. Falling Rock Falls Hike
Located near Montevallo, Alabama, the Falling Rock Falls Hike is a 1.5 mile out and back trail that features a 90-ft waterfall. In addition to hiking, this trail is also used for mountain biking and horseback riding.
4. Martin Wildlife Park Trail
The Martin Wildlife Park Trail is a 2.9 mile loop trail that's part of James D. Martin Wildlife Park, located in Gadsden, Alabama. This trail offers several amazing water views. You'll also spot many water birds along the way.
5. Lost Falls Trail
This 3.1 mile loop trail, located within the Little River Canyon National Preserve, features a waterfall and is suitable for all skill levels. Lost Falls Trail is accessible year-round and will also lead you to Laurel Falls and Azalea Cascade.
6. Pine Beach Trail
Located within the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is the Pine Beach Trail. The trail's length is 4 miles out and back, and it offers amazing scenery.
7. Aldridge Gardens Trail
The Aldridge Gardens Trail, located in Hoover, Alabama, is a 0.5 mile loop trail that features a lake. Hiking and birding are the two main activities this trail is used for. The Aldridge Gardens Trail also offers many great photo opportunities.
8. Pulpit Rock Trail
Located within Cheaha State Park is the Pulpit Rock Trail. This 1 mile out and back trail is accessible year-round and great for all skill levels. The view from Pulpit Rock is spectacular!
9. Cutchenmine Trail
The Cutchenmine Trail is located in Lake Guntersville State Park. This 4.5 mile out and back trail is perfect for all skill levels and features a beautiful river.
10. Hurricane Creek Park Loop
The Hurricane Creek Park Loop, which is located near Vinemont, Alabama, is 1.2 miles and is mostly used for hiking. This beautiful hiking area is great for all skill levels. Kids love taking this trail.
As you can see, you don’t have to be an advanced hiker when it comes to exploring several of Alabama’s amazing trails. For more amazing trails, here are
9 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Alabama Should Take.