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.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.9



Location: 33.4152336120606, -85.8067398071289

From W side of gravel parking area, enter unmarked but well-traveled trail through corridor of young longleaf pines


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White oak and pine forest opens up; needles cushion the twisty trail


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L @ T to continue on Nubbin Creek Trail


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Short trail on R descends to rock outcrop with sublime view of Mill Shoal Creek rushing over stacked stones below


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Trail leaves creek, passes though open hardwoods, and ascends a sloping hollow


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After short climb, carefully traverse ravine along a stairstep-width ledge before descending through white bloodroot, toothwort and laurel thickets back to creekbed


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Photo op: From high above the creekbed, view cascading torrents forming a funnel-shaped waterfall next to the trail; cross creek to continue


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Straight @ 4-way with unmarked trail; look for blooming dogwoods


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Skirt ridge just below top of hill; climb out of dense forest. Photo op: To S, hillside falls away steeply, providing wide trailside views of the forested valley below


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Nubbin Creek Trail leaves creekbed and heads into rocky gully near Mill Shoal headwaters; retrace route to car

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