Nature July 26, 2019
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 below are seven low-key hikes in Alabama that have the most amazing payoffs at the end. Don’t forget to add them to your outdoor bucket list!
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1. Pulpit Rock Trail — Cheaha State Park
Pulpit Rock Trail, which is located in Cheaha State Park, is a 0.6-mile out and back trail that leads to an overlook with a spectacular view. It's accessible year-round and is a wonderful hike for the entire family.
2. Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail — Dadeville
The Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail is a 0.7-mile loop trail that's located near Dadeville, Alabama. It leads to an 80-foot tower that offers an incredible view of Lake Martin, which is one of America's largest man-made lakes.
3. Vulcan Trail — Lane Park
Vulcan Trail is a moderately-rated, 1.7-mile trail that's located in Birmingham, Alabama. At the end of the trail, hikers will experience a great view of the city's skyline.
4. Green Trail — Oak Mountain State Park
The Green Trail, which is best known as the Peavine Falls Trail, is located in Oak Mountain State Park. This 1.6-mile loop trail is great for most skill levels and leads to a beautiful spring-fed waterfall.
5. Russell Cave Trail — Bridgeport
Russell Cave Trail is a 1.1-mile loop trail that's located in Bridgeport, Alabama. It leads to Russell Cave, which is believed to have been inhabited by Native Americans from 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D. Today, Russell Cave is best known as Russell Cave National Monument, and it's open year-round.
6. Doug Ghee Accessible Trail — Cheaha State Park
The Doug Ghee Accessible Trail is located in Cheaha State Park — Alabama's oldest continuously-operated state park. Measuring a distance of 1/4 mile, it's one of the state's shortest trails. This short and easy boardwalk trail leads to the Bald Rock Overlook, which offers one of Alabama's most magnificent views.
7. Falling Rock Falls Hike — Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge
Alabama's Falling Rock Falls Hike is located within the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge. It's a 1.8-mile out and back trail that leads to a waterfall. Because it has an easy rating, it's the perfect hike for all skill levels.
Have you ever hiked any of these Alabama trails? If so, please share your experience(s) with us in the comments below.
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:
9 Amazing Alabama Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love.