Welcome to the North Alabama Hiking Home Page!
This website is for anyone interested in hiking some of the great trails that North Alabama and Southern Tennessee has to offer!
Alabama hiking trails offer hikers a lot of diversity. Within a 50 mile radius of Lauderdale County you have hiking trails that
take you along side the beautiful Tennessee River, alongside creeks and branches, and in some areas you can hike in the mountains
and get breath taking views. I encourage you all to take some time and visit these trails and experience what Alabama has to offer.
On this website you will find information on the trails I have hiked so far. I will be adding more trails later when I am able to get a chance to visit them. I have brief descriptions on how I hiked each of the trails along with photos and other basic information. You will also find directions to each trail on the "directions to trail" link. This link has embedded google map locations of that specific trail head.
I hope you will get a chance to visit some of the trails listed here on the site, or some of the other hiking trails in Alabama. In the mean time, I hope you enjoy viewing the photos here on the site as well.
NORTH ALABAMA HIKING WEBSITE NEWS
Bankhead/Sipsey Shangri La Falls GPS
1/5/2019. I located Shangri La Falls and added the GPS coordinates for it. For more info click here: Bankhead/Sipsey Page .
Bankhead/Sipsey Eagle Creek and Deer Skull Falls GPS
1/1/2019. For my first hike of 2019 I went down to Bankhead National Forest/Sipsey Wilderness and located Eagle Creek Falls and Deer Skull Falls. I added the GPS coordinates of each. For info on that click here: Bankhead/Sipsey Page.
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
12/26/2018. I visited the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson, Alabama. Pinson is located less than 20 miles north of Birmingham. Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is on a 462 acre tract of land with about 6 miles of hiking trails. It's very scenic and worth the trip. For more info click here: Turkey Creek Nature Preserve Page
Blevins Gap Update
12/16/2018. Beginning in January 2019 the trail head on Cecil Ashburn DR will no longer be accessible due to road construction. For more info visit the Blevins Gap page on the Landtrust of North Alabama's website by clicking here: Landtrust-Blevins Gap Page.
Top 5 Winter Hikes
11/22/18. Since winter is getting closer I thought I'd compile a list of the top 5 winter hikes in the North Alabama, Southern Tennessee area.
#1. Bankhead National Forest/Sipsey Wilderness.
The Bankhead National Forest/Sipsey Wilderness area is located in Lawrence and Winston counties of Alabama. I'm listing Bankhead National Forest/Sipsey Wilderness for two reasons. The main reason is all of the waterfalls. The winter time is one of the best seasons for waterfalls. The Bankhead/Sipsey area is homes to several of them and this is the perfect time to visit them. Another reason is because you hike down in the hollows in this area and keep out of the the wind. For more information and GPS coordinates of the waterfalls in the Bankhead/Sipsey area click here: Bankhead National Forest/Sipsey Wilderness Page
#2 Joe Wheeler State Park
Joe Wheeler State Park, located in Rogersville, Alabama, is a great place to hike in the winter. One of the main reasons is the high deer population. Although you can usually see deer year around here, the winter time is usually even better. Also, with the leaves cleared off of the trees you will get better views of Wheeler Lake. Winter time at JWSP is also a great time to visit if you're a bird watcher. For more information click here: Joe Wheeler State Park Page.
#3 Cane Creek Nature Preserve
Cane Creek Nature Preserve is located in Tuscumbia, Alabama and offers a similar experience that the Bankhead National Forest/Sipsey Wilderness area offers, only it's a little easier and safer. CCNP is privately
owned by Jim and Fay Lacefield, but is open to the public. There are several small waterfalls on the preserve and the winter season is when they are at their best. The trails are well marked and even have
out houses along the way for your convenience. For more information click here: Cane Creek Nature Preserve Page .
#4 The Walls of Jericho
The Walls of Jericho is located in the Northeast corner of Alabama in Jackson County. The walls is a great place to visit in the winter. Water flow will be at it's best this time of year.
Another good reason to do this hike in the winter is because it's a strenuous seven mile round trip hike. The hike back to the top is 3.5 miles up hill. The cooler temperatures will make it easier. You
will need an early start due to lack of daylight hours. For more information click here: Walls of Jericho Page
#5 Stillhouse Hollow Falls
Stillhouse Hollow Falls is located in Summertown, Tennessee. It's a nice short hike to a fairly large waterfall. Winter is a good time to visit here due to better water flow. Another reason it's a good hike to do during the winter is because it does not take long to get to it. It's only about a one mile round trip hike if you just hike to the falls. You can hike along the ridge if you want to and with the leaves being off of the trees you'll get a better view. For more information click here: Stillhouse Hollow Falls Page.
Mousetail Landing State Park/Lady's Bluff TVA Trail
6/16/18. I visited Mousetail Landing State Park and the TVA"s Ladys' Bluff trail in Linden, Tennessee. MLSP is a nice park especially for day use. The Lady's Bluff trail is a great short hike that will take you up onto a scenic bluff overlooking the Tennessee River. For more click here: Mousetail Landing State Park page.
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park
6/9/18. I visited the Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park in Manchester, Tennessee. It's a scenic hike with a few nice waterfalls. It is also an educational hike that will teach you about the Native Americans who inhabited that area many years ago. For more information click here:Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park Page
Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve
The Land Trust of North Alabama has officially opened the Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve in Huntsville, Alabama. The preserve currently has about three miles of hiking trails. More trails will be added to Chapman Mountain in the future. Chapman Mountain Preserve Page.
Bankhead National Forest/Sipsey Wilderness GPS Coordinates
3/4/18. Updated. I returned to Sipsey and added some GPS coordinates for Wolfpen Falls, Holmes Chapel Falls, Parker Falls, Mize Mill Falls, Turkeyfoot Falls, Caney Creek Falls, and Kinlock Falls onto the Bankhead/Sipsey page. To see the added GPS coordinates click here: Bankhead/Sipsey Page.
TVA Honeycomb/Buck Island Trails
12/9/2017. I got a chance to head over to Marshall County, Alabama and hike the Buck Island and Honeycomb TVA trails. Both trails are alongside Lake Guntersville on the Tennessee River and offer great views for hikers and bird watchers. For more click here: TVA Honeycomb/Buck Island Trails
Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve
12/3/2017. I stopped by during the ground breaking ceremony for the new Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve in Huntsville, Alabama. The preserve was purchased by the Land Trust of North Alabama and will have over 10 miles of hiking trails and allow group camping when finished. The Land Trust of North Alabama is looking to hopefully open the trails here to the public by February of 2018. I will gather more information about that around that time. The new preserve is located where Interstate 565 and Highway 72 merge. The entrance is just to the west of the Moores Mill Road and Highway 72 Intersection. For more information on this you can visit the Land Trust of North Alabama's website by clicking here: Land Trust of North Alabama - Chapman Mountain Preserve Info
As a new added feature to the site I plan on adding GPS Coordinates to certain locations on trails. I will only have a few to start with since I just purchased a new GPS unit. I hope this will make it easier for those of you who hike with a hand held GPS to find certain locations.
Return to South Cumberland State Park
9/12/17. I returned to South Cumberland State Park and hiked from the Collins West trail head to Suter and Horse Pond Falls. I have added some information and pictures. Click here to view the page: South Cumberland State Park Page.
Cheaha State Park
8/18/17.I got the privilege of spending a few days at Cheaha State Park in Delta, Alabama. Cheaha is the highest point in the state and will give you great views of the Talladega National Forest from high atop Mount Cheaha. Click here for more:Cheaha State Park
Cloudland Canyon State Park
8/8/17. I recently made my way to Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn, Georgia. The park is located in the northwest corner of the state in Dade County. It feature scenic waterfalls and an incredible view from hight atop Cloudland Canyon. Click here for more:Cloudland Canyon State Park
Henry Horton State Park
7/8/17. Spent the day at Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. There are some good scenic trails here that will take you on a hike alongside the Duck River. Click here for more:Henry Horton State Park
Harpeth River State Park
5/1/17. Spent part of my Memorial Day weekend checking out Harpeth River State Park near Nashville, Tennesee. Pretty nice hike that will give you great views of the Harpeth River from high above a bluff lookout. Click here for more: Harpeth River State Park
Big Hill Pond State Park
4/15/2017. I visited Big Hill Pond State Park in Pocohontas, Tennessee. It has several miles of hiking trails with a boardwalk that takes you over a swamp area. Click here for more: Big Hill Pond Page
Wheeler Lake Clean Up Effort
3/7/2017. If you have noticed a few sloughs along the Tennessee River on Wheeler Lake looking a bit cleaner it's because of the efforts from a small volunteer group from the area. Clean up efforts began last year around this time and have kicked back up this year cleaning around Joe Wheeler State Park and other areas alongside Wheeler Lake. The groups effort,working one day per week on the weekend, has made a difference and the results are very noticeable.
Return to Sewanee
2/11/2017 I returned to Sewanee University in Sewanee, Tennessee this weekend. My cousin Jason Wilbanks and I had a great hike out to the Bridal Veil Falls area. I have added info and photos onto the Sewanee Page. For more click here: Sewanee University Hiking Trails Page
Monte Sano Land Trust
1/7/2016. Today I revisited the Monte Sano Land Trust trails in Huntsville, Alabama. I started on the south trail head of the Monte Sano Land Trust and hiked the Trough Springs trail. The trail has historical significance within the Huntsville area. For more click here: Monte Sano Land Trust Page
Alabama State Park "Dirt Pass" Trail Improvement Program
The Alabama State Park system has implemented a new trail improvement program called "dirt pass". You can purchase a dirt pass at select Alabama State Parks. All proceeds from the dirt pass purchases will go to the trail improvement program. The goal is to improve hiking, biking, horseback riding, and walking trails in Alabama state parks. This includes improving current trails as well as adding new ones. For more information on how to purchase a dirt pass go to www.alapark.com/dirt-pass
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