Nature September 29, 2019
7 Of The Greatest Mountain Hiking Trails In Alabama For Beginners
When it comes to hiking, Alabama doesn’t disappoint! There are several hiking trails located throughout the Yellowhammer State, many of which are perfect for hikers just starting out. Listed below are seven mountain hiking trails in Alabama that are great for beginners. Check them out!
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1. Pulpit Rock Trail
Alabama's Pulpit Rock Trail is located atop Cheaha Mountain and is one of the state's most popular hiking trails. With a length of only 0.6 miles (out and back) and an easy rating, it's the perfect trail for beginner hikers. The Pulpit Rock Trail is also accessible year-round and leads to one of Alabama's most spectacular views.
2. Eureka Mines Trail
The Eureka Mines Trail is an easy 2.4-mile out and back trail that's located atop Red Mountain inside Birmingham's Red Mountain Park. It's accessible year-round and is perfect for all skill levels.
3. Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail
The Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail is located near Dadeville, Alabama. It's a 0.8-mile loop trail with an easy rating, making it great for all skill levels. This trail leads hikers to the historic Smith Mountain Fire Tower, which stands approximately 80 feet above the peak of Smith Mountain. While in the cab of the fire tower, hikers will get a fantastic view of Lake Martin.
4. Stone Cuts Trail
The Stone Cuts Trail is located atop Monte Sano Mountain inside Huntsville's Monte Sano State Park. It has an easy rating and is only 2.4 miles long, which makes it perfect for new hikers. While exploring the Stone Cuts Trail, hikers will encounter several incredible features such as massive rock boulders, caves, and tunnels.
5. Doug Ghee Accessible Trail
Just like the Pulpit Rock Trail, the Doug Ghee Accessible Trail is located atop Cheaha Mountain inside Cheaha State Park. It's also known as the Bald Rock Boardwalk. This scenic boardwalk trail is a 0.6-mile out and back trail with an easy rating. The Doug Ghee Accessible Trail ends at the Bald Rock Overlook, which offers one of Cheaha Mountain's most magnificent views.
6. Overlook Trail via Quarry Trail
The Overlook Trail via Quarry Trail is an easy 2.8-mile out and back trail that's located atop Ruffner Mountain inside Birmingham's Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. This trail is used year-round and offers an incredible view of a former quarry. It's a great hike for the entire family.
7. Treetop Nature Trail
Alabama's Treetop Nature Trail is a 1.7-mile easy loop trail that's located atop Oak Mountain inside Pelham's Oak Mountain State Park. It's an elevated boardwalk trail that lets hikers view birds of prey up close. This scenic trail offers one of Alabama's most unique hiking experiences for families.
Have you ever hiked any of these mountain trails? If so, please share your experience(s) with us in the comments below. Also, share with us some of your favorite hiking spots in Alabama.
For a list of more trails everyone in Alabama should take, be sure to take a look at our previous article:
9 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Alabama Should Take. Address: Cheaha State Park, 19644 AL-281, Delta, AL 36258, USA Address: Red Mountain Park, 2011 Frankfurt Dr, Birmingham, AL 35211, USA Address: 1214 81st St S, Birmingham, AL 35206, USA Address: Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124, USA Address: Monte Sano State Park, 5105 Nolen Ave SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA