Nature June 19, 2017
9 Amazing Alabama Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love
Alabama is home to many hiking trails. From waterfalls and streams, to boulders and wildflowers, you’ll be completely surrounded by nature while exploring our amazing trails. The greatest thing about Alabama’s hiking trails is that you don’t have to be an expert to explore them all, and some aren’t long at all. Listed below are 10 hiking trails that are under three miles. Don’t forget to check them out this summer.
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1. Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail - Madison
The Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail, which is located within Madison's Rainbow Mountain Preserve, is a 1.5 mile loop trail that's mostly used for hiking, walking and trail running. It's a great place to go hiking with a group of friends, and it's accessible year-round.
2. Vulcan Trail - Birmingham
The Vulcan Trail is located on the northern slope of Red Mountain and offers great views of downtown Birmingham. It's one mile long and is primarily used for walking and bicycling.
3. Green Trail (Peavine Falls Trail) - Pelham
The Green Trail, which is also known as the Peavine Falls Trail, is located within Oak Mountain State Park. It's 1.9 miles long and features a beautiful waterfall (Peavine Falls). This scenic trail begins at the park office.
4. Doug Ghee Trail (Bald Rock Boardwalk) - Heflin
Located within Cheaha State Park is the Doug Ghee Trail (Bald Rock Boardwalk), a 0.6 mile out and back trail that features gorgeous wildflowers and an amazing view at the end. Anyone can hike this easy trail.
5. Horseshoe Bend Trail - Dadeville
The Horseshoe Bend Trail is a loop trail that's 2.2 miles long and features a beautiful river. Nature lovers enjoy hiking, walking and birdwatching along this trail. It's a true gem!
6. Noccalula Falls Historic Gorge Trail - Gadsden
Located within Noccalula Falls Park, the Noccalula Falls Historic Gorge Trail is a 2.4 mile out and back trail that features a breathtaking waterfall. This scenic trail is a popular location for nature trips, and it's accessible year-round.
7. Russell Cave Trail - Bridgeport
The Russell Cave Trail is a 1.5 mile loop trail that leads to the Russell Cave National Monument. Russell Cave contains the Southeast's most complete records of prehistoric culture. This historic trail begins at the visitor center and is great for hikers of all skill levels.
8. Dismals Canyon Trail - Phil Campbell
The Dismals Canyon Trail offers a scenic 1.5 hiking trail that'll lead you to boulders, waterfalls and more. To hike this trail, you'll simply follow Dismals Branch - the stream that runs throughout the canyon.
9. Stone Cuts Trail - Huntsville
The Stone Cuts Trail, which is located within Huntsville's Monte Sano State Park, is a 2.4 mile loop trail that features interesting rock formations. People of all ages, especially children, love hiking this unique trail.
Have you ever hiked any of these trails? If so, what was your experience(s) like?
For another Alabama trail that’s worth exploring, be sure to check out our previous article:
Everyone In Alabama Needs To Explore This One Stunning Hiking Trail.