For generations, Alabaman hikers have stopped to take in the majestic mountains or stare in wonder at the cascading waterfalls as they made their way across the wilderness. Now, you, too, can experience all the natural beauty Alabama has to offer. Below you’ll find five of the most scenic hikes in the state to get you started!
This is a roughly two-mile hike that’s suitable for more skilled hikers. You might see horses, dogs, and mountain bikers along the path, as well as other hikers, along the way. The elevation gain isn’t too bad, at just over 400 feet, but the 90-foot waterfall at the end of the hike makes this a jaunt worth having.
The Walls of Jericho Trail provides a much more difficult hike. This trail also features a waterfall, dogs, and horses, but the elevation gain is almost 1,700 feet, and the rocks can be quite slick. Be ready for bugs. But if you’re up for the challenge, an overnight stay along the trail will grant you some of the best nighttime views anywhere in the country.
The Chinnabee Silent Trail, part of the Cheaha Wilderness, is a moderate trail, lasting just over seven miles. It is recommended for use from March until November. You might see a few dogs along the path, but they must be kept on a leash. You’ll find great waterfalls, and a totally secluded area.
The Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail cuts through a moderately difficult forest. Although the trail is only a mile and a half, it is viewed as one of the more moderately difficult paths in the area due to a few steep areas and rock formations. You may see a few streams, but no major waterfalls. If you’re in the mood for a good, quick workout, then Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail is just the ticket.
The Cave Creek Trail from Cheaha Trailhead in Cheaha State Park is an almost seven-mile loop with a waterfall along the way. The trailhead is one possible starting point along the larger Pinhoti Trail. According to recent hikers, the west side of the loop can be quite difficult, as it is very rocky. Consider camping along the path, but beware of possible snakes.