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Alabama Backpacking Trails

Birmingham: Desoto Scout Trail

This easy 3.4-mile dayhike skirts the swift waters of the Little River, then gently climbs to clifftop views of a deep river canyon in DeSoto State Park.

Birmingham, AL: Nubbin Creek

This 4.8-mile hike zigs along photogenic Mill Shoal Creek and leads to scenic, out-of-the-way waterfalls in Talladega National Forest.

Birmingham: Foothill-Double Oak Loop

Stroll through a tableau of pine-studded foothills past a secluded lake, then climb to a steep saddle on this 7.5-mile loop in Oak Mountain State Park.

Huntsville, AL: Land Trust Loop

Explore seasonal waterfalls, mellow woods, and a large quarry on this moderate 4.5-mile loop along the relatively steep flanks of Monte Sano Mountain.

Birmingham: Cheaha Mountain

Hike ‘Bama’s longest trail to reach its highest peak on this 20.6-mile out-and-back near the southern anchor of the Appalachian Mountains.

Mobile: Pine Beach Loop

See gators, sea turtles, and life-list birds on this 3.7-miler in Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, one of the Gulf Coast’s last undeveloped tracts.

Birmingham, AL: Pinhoti Trail Loop

Ford creeks and rivers and traipse past rocky overlooks on this 17.6-mile loop along Alabama’s secluded Pinhoti Trail.

Decatur, AL: Sipsey Wilderness

Traverse old-growth forest and clamber over sandstone boulders on this 13-mile hike in Alabama’s premier wilderness area.

Oxford, AL: Talladega Mountain

Escape to solitude and panoramic ridge views on this 12-mile loop in Talladega National Forest.

Huntsville, AL: Cane Creek Canyon

Waterfalls, wildflower caches, stunning limestone canyons: this 7-miler hits the highlights of a unique Alabama backcountry preserve.

Birmingham, AL: DeSoto State Park

Wander a 4.2-mile figure 8 that tours rhododendron clusters, rock formations, and serene cascades in a diverse hardwood forest near the Alabama-Georgia state line.

Huntsville, AL: DeSoto Falls

This trio of trails tours the rim of a ravine down to a waterfall that plunges 104-feet into an aquamarine pool feeding DeSoto Falls Lake.

Desoto Falls – canyon rim overlook

This short hike is a lesser used approach to view Desoto Falls from the canyon rim. Views of the falls and river are beautiful.

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Alabama Birmingham

Birmingham: Desoto Scout Trail

This easy 3.4-mile dayhike skirts the swift waters of the Little River, then gently climbs to clifftop views of a deep river canyon in DeSoto State Park.

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Huntsville, AL: Land Trust Loop

Explore seasonal waterfalls, mellow woods, and a large quarry on this moderate 4.5-mile loop along the relatively steep flanks of Monte Sano Mountain.

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Alabama Birmingham

Birmingham: Cheaha Mountain

Hike ‘Bama’s longest trail to reach its highest peak on this 20.6-mile out-and-back near the southern anchor of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Mobile: Pine Beach Loop

See gators, sea turtles, and life-list birds on this 3.7-miler in Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, one of the Gulf Coast’s last undeveloped tracts.

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Birmingham, AL: DeSoto State Park

Wander a 4.2-mile figure 8 that tours rhododendron clusters, rock formations, and serene cascades in a diverse hardwood forest near the Alabama-Georgia state line.

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DeSoto Falls from Canyon Rim
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Huntsville, AL: DeSoto Falls

This trio of trails tours the rim of a ravine down to a waterfall that plunges 104-feet into an aquamarine pool feeding DeSoto Falls Lake.

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