7 Low-Key Hikes In Alabama With Amazing Payoffs

Here in Alabama, many of us enjoy hiking. However, we sometimes just don’t have the time to explore our state’s many amazing trails. Fortunately, there are several low-key hikes located throughout Alabama that anyone can do in a timely fashion. Also, many of these hikes have amazing payoffs at the end, such as waterfalls, scenic views, etc! Listed here are seven of the best hikes in Alabama that have the most amazing payoffs at the end. Don’t forget to add them to your outdoor bucket list:

Have you ever hiked any of these Alabama trails? If so, please share your experience(s) with us in the comments! For a list of more short trails in Alabama that are worth a hike, you’ll want to take a look at our previous article in 9 Amazing Alabama Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love.

Address: Cheaha State Park, 19644 AL-281, Delta, AL 36258, USA
Address: Dadeville, AL, USA
Address: Cheaha State Park, 19644 AL-281, Delta, AL 36258, USA
Address: Lane Park Road, Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL, USA
Address: Russell Cave National Monument, 3729 Co Rd 98, Bridgeport, AL 35740, USA
Address: Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124, USA
Address: Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, Co Rd 24, West Blocton, AL 35184, USA
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Best Hikes in Alabama

March 07, 2022

What are some great kid-friendly hikes around Alabama?  

For the purposes of this question, we’ll define a kid-friendly hike as one that’s not just rated as “easy”; it’s also under two miles long and highly recommended among others who have attempted the trek with small ones. That being said, there are more than 300 awesome hikes around Alabama that fit the bill perfectly. For example, should you find yourself at or nearby the Little River Canyon Nature Preserve, be sure to check out the awesome Little River Canyon Trail, which is 1.4 miles long and features amazing natural wonders like canyons, cliffs, and waterfalls. Another waterfall hike great for kids is the Falling Rock Falls Hike, a 1.8-mile adventure leading to an awe-inspiring 90-foot waterfall. The Doug Ghee Bald Rock Boardwalk hike is easy, enjoyable, and very scenic, offering great views at the end of Bald Rock. Finally, head to Lane Park and do the Vulcan Trail, which is 1.7 easy miles of lush, green amazingness sure to spark the kids’ imaginations.  

What are some of the best scenic hikes in Alabama?  

With 800 or more hikes to choose from, the majority of Alabama is already pretty scenic, but some trails tend to go above and beyond in terms of awe-inspiring scenery. Some of our favorites include delightful mountain hikes like the Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail, which is found at Rainbow Mountain (obviously) and features one-and-a-half miles of outcroppings and wildflowers (depending on the time of year). Other favorites include the DeSoto State Park-Waterfall Loop, the Lake Lurleen State Park-Dam Trail, and the Walker Bynum Smith Mountain Tower Trail. For more information on several of the mentioned hikes and then some, check out this list of eight of the best mountain hikes in Alabama. There, you’ll find the perfect little list of ideas to jump-start planning your Alabama hiking adventure.  

 

Address: Cheaha State Park, 19644 AL-281, Delta, AL 36258, USA
Address: Dadeville, AL, USA
Address: Cheaha State Park, 19644 AL-281, Delta, AL 36258, USA
Address: Lane Park Road, Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL, USA
Address: Russell Cave National Monument, 3729 Co Rd 98, Bridgeport, AL 35740, USA
Address: Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124, USA
Address: Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, Co Rd 24, West Blocton, AL 35184, USA