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Waterfall and River Hiking in Alabama

Written by: Megan Watts



Time to read 4 min

Exploring Alabama's Scenic Trails: A Journey Through Nature's Beauty

Alabama boasts an array of stunning hiking trails, each offering its own unique blend of natural wonders and outdoor adventure. Among these trails is the renowned Walls of Jericho Trail, a challenging yet rewarding journey that promises breathtaking views and a glimpse into history.

Rated as "hard" on Alltrails, the Walls of Jericho Trail beckons to adventurous souls eager to test their mettle against its rugged terrain. Despite its difficulty, the trail's ultimate destination—the majestic Walls of Jericho—is well worth the effort. As one of the region's most popular hikes, the trail sees its fair share of visitors, adding to its vibrant atmosphere.

What sets this trail apart is its accessibility to both dogs and horses, welcoming all manner of outdoor enthusiasts to partake in the adventure. The ascent to the falls is marked by a considerable incline, yet the trail's thoughtful design ensures a gradual climb, sparing hikers from overly steep sections.

Along the way, hikers are treated to more than just scenic vistas. A notable highlight is the chance to explore an old cemetery dating back to the 1800s, offering a fascinating glimpse into the area's rich history. With its blend of natural beauty and historical intrigue, the Walls of Jericho Trail promises an unforgettable hiking experience.

Walls of Jericho Trail

This trail is labeled “hard” on Alltrails, but the destination is worth the walk! This is a fairly popular hike so it’s pretty busy. The trail is also available to dogs and horses, which we love. This trail boosts quite a bit of incline by the time you reach the top, but the way the trail is planned helps you climb the incline without going too steep at once! Along the way to the falls, you can also see a really cool, old cemetery of the Clark family dating back to the 1800s! This hike offers spectacular views and a little bit of history for you to enjoy. Round trip, this hike should take you around 4-5 hours to complete.

Rating: Hard

Length: 6.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,341 ft

Cave Creek Trail from Cheaha Trailhead

If you’re near Lineville or just want to explore Cheaha State Park, this is a good hike to take advantage of while you’re there! This 6.9 mile loop trail has a super cool waterfall along the trail and some incredible views while hiking in Alabama. You know how much we love hikes that allow us to bring our best friends along, aka our dogs, and this is one of them! This hike is open year round and is used for day hiking, camping, and backpacking. As a heads up, Cheaha State Park does charge an entrance fee to go in but getting to enjoy the state park is worth it! Maybe grab an Icemule or Yeti Hopper Flip at the shop, grab some picnic food from the store, and have an awesome picnic along the trail!

Rating: Moderate

Length: 6.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,131 ft

Sougahoegdee Falls

At this point you’re probably thinking, “Ok where are the easy trails??” which would be a very good question. So, here you go! Alltrails says this hike is “easy!” It’s good for kids and easy for dogs and is great for hikers of all levels. This fun, easy hike is perfect if you’re just looking to enjoy some nature without hurting yourself to enjoy it.

Rating: Easy

Length: 4.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 436 ft

Borden Creek Hiking Trail 

Even though this doesn’t have much elevation gain in it, it's still rated as moderate on Alltrails. Don’t let that scare you off though, this hike is worth it! You can have tons of fun on this hike, especially since you get to walk along the creek as you hike. This hike is great for kids since it doesn’t have many steep areas! The kids will especially enjoy a part of the trail where a rock fall occurred and resulted in a cave-like structure along the hike! It’s super cool to have to squeeze through! Dogs will love this trail as well, but, as per usual, they have to be kept on a leash. Stop by the shop to pick up a hiking leash and collar for your best friends!

Rating: Moderate

Length: 4.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 196 ft

Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve

Another loop trail! Loop trails are awesome because they’re really hard to get lost on (but not impossible so always stay alert out there). If you’re near Tuschumbia, this super fun nature preserve has a ton of really cool activities you can do while there. It's also welcome to pets, always a bonus! While there you can enjoy some bird watching, camping, river views, wildflowers, and so so much more!

Rating: Moderate

Length: 8.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 974 ft

As the summer temperatures rise, there's no better way to beat the heat than by exploring the refreshing waters of your local waterfalls, creeks, and rivers. These natural wonders offer a cool respite from the sweltering heat and provide the perfect backdrop for an adventurous hike. Whether you're seeking the thrill of cascading waterfalls, the serenity of babbling creeks, or the tranquility of flowing rivers, there's a hiking trail waiting for you to discover. Take advantage of these scenic routes to immerse yourself in nature's beauty while staying cool and refreshed.

If you're looking for more hiking ideas or need assistance in preparing for your outdoor excursion, don't hesitate to visit our shops. Our experienced staff members are passionate about hiking and knowledgeable about the best trails in the area. They can offer personalized recommendations based on your preferences and skill level, ensuring you have a memorable and enjoyable hiking experience. From trail suggestions to gear recommendations, we're here to help you make the most of your outdoor adventures this summer. So lace up your hiking boots, grab your water bottle, and embark on a journey to explore the stunning landscapes and refreshing waters that await you.