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Alabama Hiking Trail Descriptions
This site is designed to provide quick, organized access to informative Alabama hiking websites. Hiking enthusiasts like you have created excellent web pages on Alabama hiking trails -- then posted those pages on free web servers -- only to be ignored by search engines. The purpose of this site is to provide a way to find these personal hiking pages, and make your research easier.
- Cheaha State Park Goes from the easy Bald Rock trail to the strenuous 10 mile Mountain Bike trail.
- Cheaha Creek Area this is from the "Swimming Holes East" website, which is a great resource for hikers. (Nothing beats jumping in a deserted river hole after a long hike). Anyway, the tidbit on Cheaha Creek offers complete directions and a brief description of a quick hike to a waterfall and swimming hole. You'll want to check other locales on this site too.
- Chief Ladiga TrailA rails-to-trails project that is rapidly nearing its completion in Alabama, the Chief Ladiga Trail runs from near Weaver north through Piedmont. The trail is accessible from numerous points along its route, many with parking, and is populated with people on bicycles, on foot, and in chairs with wheels; people of all ages and physical conditions enjoy the trail. Decent site.
- Chinnabee Silent Trail six mile trek to the top of Talladega Mountain, this site is complete with directions, description, contour map, you name it. A must click if you're doing this trail.
- General -- Alabama Trails Association
Organization headquartered in Birmingham, site has plenty of information on a variety of AL trails. Click around...
- General -- Alabama Hiking trail Society here's another group, this one primarily about developing and protecting the Alabama Trail and its side and loop trails. But AHTS also has the usual meetings, newsletter, hikes, work days, etc. Good stuff!
- Huntsville Land Trust protected area has a surprising number of trails; best is Bluff Line Trail, described in great detail on this website.
- Sipsey Wilderness, William Bankhead National Forest the consummate hiker's page by Bill Soloman. Comprehensive site includes weather, trail maps, photos, descriptions, information...excellent site.
- Sipsey Wilderness brief introductory article by the Alabama Trails Association.
- Pinhoti Trail, Davis Mt. thorough description and narrative on the "Hike Web," includes handy little topo map. Nicely done. Text by Jim Autsin.
That rollicking song is found on the Grateful Dead album Go To Heaven. This was the Dead's most "commercial" sounding release, and is soundly pooh-poohed by the Deadheads. No surprise, then, that it's one of the few -- if not only -- Grateful Dead albums the rest of us can bear to listen to. True rock historians will argue that Sweet Home Alabama is the ultimate 'Bama tune, and I guess they're right. I just happen to prefer Getaway.
While there's little doubt that Lynyrd Skynyrd takes the song honors, picking the best trail book is a lot tougher. It's a toss-up between Hike America: An Atlas of Alabama's Greatest Hiking Adventures by Joe Cuhaj, and
Alabama Trails by Patricia Stenger Sharpe.
Cuhaj's book is a little slicker, Stenger Sharpe's has more of an Alabama point of view. (Would that be Alabamanian? Alabamahamian?) Well, whatever. I haven't hiked 'bama in over a dozen years, so I really don't have much to say about it. If I can pull off my Spring 2004 Southeast Stampede, I plan to take
Alabama Trails. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, give a listen to Alabama Getaway.
-- Rick Bolger
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