Featured HIKING TRAILS
East of Birmingham and south of Anniston, the 2,800 acre Cheaha State Park has a 4 loop hiking trail system cut around Mt. Cheana, which is the highest point in the state. The Cheaha State Park is completely within the Talladega National Forest. The popular Pinhoti Trail (aka Odum Scout Trail) passes along the eastern boundary of the state park.
East of Hunstville and northeast of Fort Payne, the 3,500 acre Desoto State Park has 8 miles of hiking trails through lush forest along the West Fork of the Little River. The Rhododendron Trail is one of the longest trails in the park. The park entrance is near the mid-point of the trail, so it meanders either to the northwest or to the south from the trailhead. Don't miss stopping by the scenic DeSoto Falls.
Northeast of Montegomery and southeast of Alexander City, the 1,400 acre Wind Creek State Park has 2 trails totaling 8 miles along the scenic shores of Lake Martin. The 3.8 mile Alabama Reunion Trail is a moderate trail blazed in red traversing hardwood bottoms and pine forests. Half of the loop trail is north of SR128 and half is south of SR128. The 1.8 mile Campfire Trail begins and ends in the northeastern section of the park. The moderate trail is blazed in yellow and traverses hardwood bottoms and pine forests.
Southeast of Huntsville and north of Grove Oak, the 2,000 acre Bucks Pocket State Park has 5 hiking trails totaling 6 miles. The route passes through a secluded stretch of the Appalachian Mountains. The Rock Point Trail is a 2 mile one-way trek beginning in the floor of Bucks Pocket Canyon and ends 400 feet above the canyon floor on a sandstone formation called Point Rock. The South Sauty Creek trail is a 2.5 mile one-way trek passing two waterfalls.
Southeast of Huntsville, the 5,500 acre Lake Guntersville State Park has 20 trails totaling 36 miles overlooking Guntersville Reservoir. The most popular hiking trails are the Tom Bevill Trail, the Cutchemine Trail, the Terrell Trail and the Lickskillet Trail. The Lake Guntersville State Park is located about six miles to the northeast of the town of Guntersville.
Northeast of Tuskegee in the Tuskegee National Forest, the 15 mile Bold Destiny / Bedford Cash Trail winds through rolling, forested hills and upland sand hills. There are a few stream crossings. This rustic trail has several marginally passible sections. The sections on the roads can be rocky, too.