Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge - Pine Beach and Centennial Trails

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge - Pine Beach and Centennial Trails

This is the best hike for solitude at Bon Secour NWR. Thanks to the boardwalk closure that formerly connected the eastern and western trail systems, this hike provides peace and quiet with many skipping this hike for the better views and varied terrain offered on the west side of the refuge.

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge - East

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge - East

With the Centennial Trail closed, the eastern portion is basically the Jeff Friend Trail which is a mile-long loop covering gravel, dirt, and synthetic boardwalk trails. It's a nice, short loop that includes some Maritime forest, an open view of the lagoon, and plenty of saw palmetto. It's an ideal trail for flat, easy running.

 

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge - West

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge - West

If visiting the Gulf Shores area, this is a must-do hike that includes pristine dunes and beaches - free from all the commercial development in the area. It’s a beautiful nature hike that is likely best with a sunset behind the dunes.

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King's Chair at Oak Mountain State Park

King's Chair at Oak Mountain State Park

This was a really nice way to breakup our long drive down to Gulf Shores, Alabama. After stopping in Pelham for the night, we opted outside in the morning to stretch the legs and take in an awesome view from King's Chair in Oak Mountain State Park. It's a short hike with what's likely one of the best views in the Birmingham area.

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Pioneer South

Pioneer South

This is a nice walk in the woods that will take you out toward the Mountain Parkway that you’ll be able to hear, but not see. We followed this trail out to the end and did a little bushwhacking to reach some bearing trees before heading back. There is a side trail 1/2 mile into the hike that is worth exploring, and I’ve made plans to return using a different route in the winter to explore the large rock shelter that lies below.

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Hanson's Point to Gray's Arch Loop at Sunrise

Hanson's Point to Gray's Arch Loop at Sunrise

Easily one of the best hikes at Red River Gorge, this loop will give you an easy sunrise hike with an equal dose of ups and downs on Rough Trail as you make your way to Gray's Arch. You’ll get one of the best sunrise views in Kentucky while showing off one of the most impressive arches too. If you have a modicum of nighttime hiking experience, this hike will give you all the love.

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Cumberland Three Waterfalls Hike - Cumberland, Dog Slaughter, and Eagle Falls

Cumberland Three Waterfalls Hike - Cumberland, Dog Slaughter, and Eagle Falls

Among the best hikes in the Commonwealth, enjoy Cumberland Falls, Dog Slaughter Falls, and Eagle Falls on a single day hike. Along the way, take in sweeping vistas from Pinnacle Knob Fire Tower.

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Hiking the Rough Trail 25K Course

Hiking the Rough Trail 25K Course

In November, the Rough Trail 50K and 25K trail races will bring hundreds of runners to Red River Gorge. We scouted the 25K course and thoroughly enjoyed the hike that included Hidden and Gray’s Arch along with some great views of the gorge.

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