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The 5 Best Hikes in Alabama

The 5 Best Hikes in Alabama
Alabama has hundreds of miles of hiking trails that take hikers through bluffs, across creeks, and to the base of beautiful waterfalls. No matter where you are in the state, you will find a hiking trail nearby, but a few of them stand out because of their unique natural wonders. These are what we consider the best hikes in Alabama. If you’re planning a weekend hike and want to explore some of the best nature in the state, these five trails must make it on your list.

1. CHINNABEE SILENT TRAIL


Starting at Lake Chinnabee and winding beside the Cheaha Creek to end at the top of Talladega Mountain, the Chinnabee Silent Trail features waterfalls, rock outcroppings, and flowing streams. Here you can enjoy an afternoon of hiking while experiencing the wealth of flora and fauna of the Talladega National Forest.

TRAIL AT A GLANCE

Hiking Distance 7.3 Miles
Difficulty Moderate
Length to Complete 3 Hours
Trail Type Down and Back
Best Seasons to Visit March through November
Dog Policies Allowed on a Leash
Trail Map Click Here for the Trail Map
Closest Town Anniston, Alabama
Things to See Lake Chinnabee, Cheaha Creek, Waterfalls, Talladega National Forest, Armadillos
Activities Hiking, Swimming, Bird Watching
Recommended Gear Trekking Poles, Backpack, Water Bottle/Hydration Pouch, Hiking Boots

Tips and Resources:
If you can, bring a swimsuit so you can take a dip in an old-fashioned swimming hole. Keep your eyes peeled on the hike to spot an armadillo. Be prepared for the parking fee, which is $3. After the hike, head to Anniston, about 40 minutes away, to sit in the World’s Largest Chair or tour the Natural History Museum.

2. WALLS OF JERICHO TRAIL


Definitely not for a beginner, the Walls of Jericho trail takes you down a series of switchbacks into a unique canyon complete with a waterfall and underground cavern. After spending some time exploring the canyon, the hike back up is quite strenuous. Primitive camping is allowed in the canyon, or you can simply do the entire trip in one day.

TRAIL AT A GLANCE

Hiking Distance 6.6 Miles
Difficulty Difficult
Length to Complete 2 Hours
Trail Type Out and Back
Best Seasons to Visit All Seasons
Dog Policies Allowed
Trail Map Click Here for the Trail Map
Closest Town Scottsboro, Alabama
Things to See The Walls, Henshaw Crove, Waterfalls
Activities Hiking, Horseback Riding, Primitive Camping, Bird Watching, Rock Climbing
Recommended Gear Trekking Poles, Backpack, Water Bottle/Hydration Pouch, Hiking Boots

Tips and Resources:


Rain makes the trail particularly difficult as it becomes slippery, so bring trekking poles or hiking sticks to help. After the hike, head to Scottsboro, where you can stay at the Goose Pond Colony Resort to enjoy some fishing and golfing or take a boat out on Lake Guntersville to catch some fish.

3. LOST FALLS TRAIL


Lost Falls Trail gets its name from its waterfall, which can be hard to find when the water is not flowing. Lost Falls Trail is part of DeSoto State Park within the River Canyon National Preserve.

TRAIL AT A GLANCE

Hiking Distance 2.9 Miles
Difficulty Easy to Moderate
Length to Complete 2 Hours
Trail Type Loop Trail
Best Seasons to Visit All Seasons
Dog Policies Allowed on a Leash
Trail Map Click Here for the Trail Map
Closest Town Fort Payne, Alabama
Things to See Lost Falls, Needle Eye Rock, Laurel Creek
Activities Hiking, Wild Flowers, Bird Watching
Recommended Gear Trekking Poles, Backpack, Water Bottle/Hydration Pouch, Hiking Boots

Tips and Resources:


If you want to see the waterfall, visit in the spring or fall. It tends to dry up in the summer and freeze in the winter. Because of the easier terrain, this is a perfect hiking spot for families. After your hike, head to Fort Payne to dine at Stevi B’s Pizza Buffet or the Santa Fe Cattle Company.

4. MOSS ROCK PRESERVE TRAIL


Moss Rock Preserve Trail takes you to a lovely waterfall, but this trail is notorious for poor marking, so it’s best to have a live map app with you. While it is open year-round, spring and fall provide the best waterfall viewing. Many high-point lookouts throughout the preserve make it a popular destination.

TRAIL AT A GLANCE

Hiking Distance 3.2 Miles
Difficulty Moderate
Length to Complete 2 Hours
Trail Type Loop Trail
Best Seasons to Visit All Seasons
Dog Policies Allowed on a Leash
Trail Map Click Here for the Trail Map
Closest Town Birmingham, Alabama
Things to See Experience wildflowers in the Spring, see waterfalls, and hike
Activities Hiking, Cave Exploration, Rock Climbing, Bird Watching
Recommended Gear Trekking Poles, Backpack, Water Bottle/Hydration Pouch, Hiking Boots

Tips and Resources:


Moss Rock Preserve has four color-coded trails. The white is the most strenuous because of its intense eastern section. The blue trail takes you to hidden valleys and boulders, while the red trail passes cliffs and wetlands. The orange trail is the newest and takes hikers through the park’s most scenic areas.
Moss Rock benefits from being less than five miles from Birmingham, so you can easily enjoy some city-based entertainment after your hike. Head into the city to visit the Birmingham Zoo, see a game at Regions Field, or dine at Dreamland BBQ.

5. DISMALS CANYON TRAIL


Dismals Canyon Trail has not one but two waterfalls. This hike sits on land that was once home to Paleoamericans thousands of years ago, as well as Chickasaw and Cherokee tribes. Today, hikers can see grottos, shelters, and sanctuaries that these ancient people once used, and spear points can be seen in many areas of the canyon. Dismals Canyon was named a National Natural Landmark, and it contains a rich variety of plant life.

TRAIL AT A GLANCE

Hiking Distance 1.5 Miles
Difficulty Moderate
Length to Complete 1 Hour
Trail Type Out and Back
Best Seasons to Visit All Seasons
Dog Policies Allowed on a Leash
Trail Map Click Here for the Trail Map
Closest Town Phil Campbell, Alabama
Things to See Rainbow Falls, Secret Falls, The Champion Tree, Weeping Bluff, Dismalites, and Dismals Canyon
Activities Hiking, Historic Sites, Camping, Caves, Night Dismalites Tour
Recommended Gear Trekking Poles, Backpack, Water Bottle/Hydration Pouch, Hiking Boots

Tips and Resources:


Dismals Canyon is home to Dismalites, a rare type of insect that lights up at night with a blue-green glow. To see Dismalites, consider booking a Night Tour. After your hike, visit Phil Campbell for a bite to eat at a local diner like Backwoods Grill and Fish Camp or the Homestead Cafe. For more information about the canyon, visit its official site.

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