Alabama Caves, Hiking, Nature August 04, 2022
Hike To This Sandy Cave In Alabama For An Out-Of-This World Experience
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. Kinlock Shelter is a sandy cave in Alabama that you can learn all about below.
Kinlock Shelter is a rock cave shelter that's located outside of North Alabama's Sipsey Wilderness area, which happens to be part of the William B. Bankhead National Forest - one of the Southeast's top hiking destinations.
There's a lot of history surrounding this rock cave shelter. According to evidence, humans and animals have occupied it for thousands of years. Interestingly, it's still used for Native American ceremonies today. Also, if you look closely enough, you'll notice ancient petroglyphs signed into some of the rock.
To reach Kinlock Shelter, which isn't far from Hubbard Creek, you'll hike the Kinlock Trail. This trail is a 0.7-mile, out-and-back trail with an easy level of difficulty. Even though it's a simple trail, it's still steep in some spots, so always remember to use caution.
Kinlock Shelter isn't a small cave shelter. In fact, the opening is approximately 300 feet wide and 70 feet tall. It also has a depth of about 100 feet.
Over the years, Kinlock Shelter has attracted many cave enthusiasts of all ages. However, because it's not as popular as several other Alabama caves such as Russell Cave and Cathedral Caverns, it's hardly ever crowded.
The next time you're in the North Alabama region and in the mood for a short, yet adventurous, hike, consider hiking to Kinlock Shelter. Not only does Kinlock Shelter have a lot of history, but the massive size of it makes the trip more than worth it.
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. Address: Bankhead National Forest, 1070 AL-33, Double Springs, AL 35553, USA