It’s no secret that Alabama is a caver’s dream. In fact, cave enthusiasts from all around the world visit our great state because we have one of the highest cave densities around. Of all the caves, one of the most interesting ones is Kinlock Shelter, a sandy rock cave in Alabama that you can learn all about below.

Have you ever hiked to North Alabama’s Kinlock Shelter? If so, please share your hiking experience with us in the comments below.

While in the area, be sure to check out Kinlock Falls. For information, take a look at the following article: The Hike To This Little-Known Alabama Waterfall Is Short And Sweet.

For more hiking adventures and inspiring locations, check out Alltrails. They have a great list of the best hiking trails in Alabama.

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Hikes In Alabama

What are the best hikes to take in Alabama that have amazing payoffs?

Here are the best easy hikes in Alabama that all have spectacular views:

  1. Pulpit Rock Trail — Cheaha State Park
    • Location: Cheaha State Park, 19644 AL-281, Delta, AL 36258, USA
    • Description: A 0.6-mile out-and-back trail leading to a scenic overlook. Suitable for the entire family and accessible year-round.
  2. Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail — Dadeville
    • Location: Dadeville, AL, USA
    • Description: A 0.7-mile loop trail leading to an 80-foot tower with a view of Lake Martin, one of America's largest man-made lakes.
  3. Vulcan Trail — Lane Park
    • Location: Lane Park Road, Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL, USA
    • Description: A 1.7-mile moderately rated trail leading to a great view of Birmingham's skyline.
  4. Green Trail (Peavine Falls Trail) — Oak Mountain State Park
    • Location: Oak Mountain State Park, 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124, USA
    • Description: A 1.6-mile loop trail suitable for most skill levels, leading to a beautiful spring-fed waterfall.
  5. Russell Cave Trail — Bridgeport
    • Location: Russell Cave National Monument, 3729 Co Rd 98, Bridgeport, AL 35740, USA
    • Description: A 1.1-mile loop trail leading to Russell Cave, inhabited by Native Americans from 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D. Open year-round.
  6. Doug Ghee Accessible Trail — Cheaha State Park
    • Location: Cheaha State Park, 19644 AL-281, Delta, AL 36258, USA
    • Description: A 1/4 mile short and easy boardwalk trail leading to the Bald Rock Overlook, offering a magnificent view.
  7. Falling Rock Falls Hike — Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge
    • Location: Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, 3WXQ+6MJ, West Blocton, AL 35184, USA
    • Description: A 1.8-mile out-and-back trail leading to a waterfall, suitable for hikers of all skill levels.


What are the best kid-friendly hikes in Alabama?

Great kid-friendly hikes in Alabama are defined as those under two miles long and highly recommended by others for trekking with kids. Here's our list:

  1. Little River Canyon Trail - Located at the Little River Canyon Nature Preserve, this trail spans 1.4 miles and offers natural wonders such as canyons, cliffs, and waterfalls.
  2. Falling Rock Falls Hike - This 1.8-mile adventure is great for kids as it leads to an impressive 90-foot waterfall.
  3. Doug Ghee Bald Rock Boardwalk Hike - An easy, enjoyable hike with beautiful scenery, it offers fantastic views from Bald Rock.
  4. Vulcan Trail - Situated in Lane Park, this 1.7-mile trail boasts lush greenery, igniting the imagination of kids.

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