The Best Hiking Trails in Alabama

Hiker with backpack looking at mountains, alpine view

Since 2009, Americans have shown a steady increase in their love for hiking.

Divided between 28 state parks, hiking trails in Alabama are some of the country’s greatest places to start exploring.

The difficult part is deciding which one to visit!

So if you’re ready to quit searching and start hiking, use this list as your quick reference guide to get outside now.

The 5 Best Hiking Trails in Alabama

1. Sipsey River Trail

Hikers who enjoy water views should take this 5-mile trek that winds over the river and past flowing waterfalls. Rock walls along the way have small caves that could be home to wildlife.

This wilderness area is highly untouched, so enjoy pristine views of the Alabama woodlands as you wander.

Finally, because the trail rises only 200 feet over the duration, enjoy the benefits of bringing your furry friend along for a hike. Just be sure to bring a leash.

2. Caney Creek Falls Trail

Also located in the Sipsey Wilderness Area, the Caney Creek Falls Trail is a mildly strenuous waterfall hike good for any experience level.

A quick descent will bring you to the base of the roaring falls where you can spend as much time as you like soaking in the sounds.

You can also catch a glimpse of the hollow and explore the rock formations before your one and a half mile return hike.

3. Desoto State Park Waterfall Loop Trail

With more stunning water views, this loop is located in the northern portion of Alabama.

The trail will guide you by two well-known waterfalls, Lost Falls and Laurel Falls. Additionally, the park is home to many seasonal waterfalls to keep your eyes peeled for.

If you’re lucky enough to have extra time, hang out and explore the remaining 28 miles of trails running through the park before heading home.

4. Kings Chair Overlook Trail

Those who prefer scenic views over waterfalls should visit the Kings Chair Overlook Trail.

You’ll actually start by hiking the Kings Chair Loop trail for about one and a half miles before running into the overlook trail head.

This 2/3 mile mini-loop is worth the extra climb to obtain a breathtaking view, which is also a great place for a rest and a snack with your crew.

5. Pinhoti Trail

The Pinhoti is far longer than the previous four hiking trails in Alabama combined. Over 170 miles of the almost 340 mile-long trail carves its way through the state after crossing the Georgia border.

The length of the Pinhoti makes it a prime trail destination for backpackers and campers looking to spend a few days in the wilderness.

Past explorers recommend visiting in the fall or spring to get the most vibrant colors. You’ll also want to avoid the sweltering summers if you’re planning overnight stays.

These five hiking trails in Alabama have only touched the surface of the many paths the state has to offer, but you have to start somewhere!

Have you visited one already or have other recommendations? Then leave a comment to help your fellow hikers get the most Alabama has to offer.

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