Friday, October 7, 2016

Hikes to Enjoy During Fall

"Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!" Humbert Wolfe

Cheaha State Park Trails
- Bald Rock- For someone wanting the view but via an easier route, Bald Rock has three paths that lead to Alabama's highest point, a boardwalk or dirt paths on either side of the boardwalk. (.3 miles)
- Pulpit Rock- This leads to a view of Alabama at its finest, the tree covered Talladega National Forest covered foothills of the Appalachians. This trail has a bit of steep terrain, and it is quite popular for rock climbing, which is only permissible with a permit from the park. (.3 miles)
- LNT Big Foot Trail- As you trek from the MOtel to the highest point, there are educational signs and bigfoot cutouts along the way. (.5 miles)
- Fisherman's Trail- The trail is known for its fishing hole, as it wraps around Cheaha Lake. (.6 miles)
- Lake Trail- Make sure you pack the right footwear for this steep and rugged trail, connecting Cheaha Lake to the Rock Garden. (1 mile)
-  Mountain Laurel- As you wander along the stream bank, take in the beauty of the National Forest with a few man made structures. (1.4 miles)
- Pinhoti Trail- This 335 mile trail connects the heart of Alabama to the Appalachian Trail as it traces the ledge of the Appalachian Foothills.
- Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge- This area protects the largest remaining refuge of Longleaf Pines on land formerly belonging to the Army's Fort McClellan, which closed in 1999. Nearby, you'll also find the Choccolocco Frog Pond and Museum Complex Trails.
- Coldwater Mountain Bike Trails - More than 30 miles of bike trails have been developed just outside Historic Downtown Anniston. We always suggest walking the trails backwards, counterclockwise, so you can see the cyclist coming and they can see you.

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