Cahaba River in Alabama

Places you need to Hike in Alabama

Alabama Hikes to See Waterfalls and Nature

1. Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge

Cahaba River in Alabama

Photo credit | My husband John | Fizzle Photography

Almost 200 miles, alabama’s longest free flowing river. It is known to have certain species only known to that area. It is a great place to go hiking, tubing and fishing. This picture is when the water is high. Check out my visit to CR here.


2. Falling Rock Falls

1.5 mile hike to a beautiful waterfall. Awesome creek to play in as well.

3. Moss Rock– 349 acre preserve, waterfall and boulders to climb.

4. Noccalula Falls

noccalula falls in alabama

Beautiful waterfall, campground, petting zoo, train ride, and there is more. NF does cost money to get in, but it is definitely worth it.

5. Oak Mountain State Park–  Oak Mountain State Park has over miles to hike, bike, and camp, there is also a beach area, and along with other activities you can do here. You do have to pay to get into this park.

6. Red Mountain ParkOver 15 miles of trails, includes look outs and the remains of an old coal mining community, there is also a dog park, and you can zip line!

7. Ruffner Mountain 1,038-acre preserve, over 14 miles of trails to hike

8. Little River Canyon National Preserve-Little River Canyon National Preserve is located at the top of Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne. Popular recreational activities that are enjoyed by adventure seekers include fishing, swimming, hunting and camping.

9. Bon Secour National Wildlife RefugeEstablished in 1980, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect adventure spot for animal lovers. Visitors of this wildlife refuge will have the opportunity to see migratory birds, sea turtles and the endangered Alabama beach mouse while walking one of the refuge’s five trails.

10. Bankhead National Forrest

11. Turkey Creek Nature Preservelocated in Pinson, is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the Southeast. The most popular area of this preserve is Turkey Creek Falls (pictured). For those feeling adventurous, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve offers a five-mile national recreational trail system, wonderful swimming areas and fantastic fishing spots

12. Cathedral Caverns State Park-When Alabama cavers are feeling adventurous, they can often be found exploring Cathedral Caverns, which is located in Marshall County. This cave was originally referred to as “Bats Cave.”

13.  Desoto State Park– is located on Lookout Mountain, approximately eight miles northeast of Fort Payne. This wonderful state park features 25 miles of hiking trails, 11 miles of mountain biking trails and several campsites for those feeling adventurous and wanting to get away from it all. 

14. Cheaha State Park– located in Clay and Cleburne counties, is home to Mt. Cheaha- Alabama’s highest point. For those who enjoy hiking, this is the perfect place to visit any time of the year. 

I will continuously update this post for the latest places to hike!

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13 thoughts on “Places you need to Hike in Alabama

  1. You guys are exactly the same as us – we love to travel to new places, and hike through most of them too! I’m saving this post for when we go to Alabama.

    • Yes! I love visiting nature more than anything in a new place! I am glad this post is helpful to you. I will keep on adding some more places to hike as well. There are a lot of places on here my husband and I haven’t even hiked yet.

  2. i driven through some of alabama but haven’t spent much time there….thanks for giving me a reason to hop out of the car. these hikes sound awesome!

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