Looking for folks who live or recreate in Alabama, specifically day hikes and backpacking. I've been here for a few years and have found a couple decent day hikes near Lake Martin and Cheaha but nothing truly stunning. The Pinhoti seems to offer the best options in terms of elevation gain for hiking and backpacking. Do you have other suggestions?

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@ajordan , I don't know much about the north part of the state, but the Mobile Bay area has incredible canoe/kayak opportunities if you're into that sort of thing.

https://www.alabamacanoetrails.com/bartram

There were also some good dayhikes in Blakeley State Park over in Spanish Fort. Otherwise, I can't think of anything else. 

I'll ask some of my friends up north and see if they have any suggestions for you. 

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Hey @ajordan depends how far north you're willing to drive.  Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville is nice.  Some nice trails and features to explore.  Not big mountains or anything, but nice.  Walls of Jericho is probably another to check out, but I've never been there myself.  Everyone says its great though.  Further north into TN/GA there's some beautiful trails near the Lookout Mountain area.  There's some really nice ones that overlook the river up near Chattanooga as well.

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I've been to Monte Sano and Walls of Jericho, which both offer a lot more than I've found in the Montgomery area!

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Is this Andy?

I’m in Birmingham and spend as much time outside as possible. 

 

Pinhoti is a lot of fun. Limited water access, Boulder fields, and elevation change make it a bit of a grind (think AT), but worth it nonetheless. 

 

Sipsey wilderness is like hiking through Ferngully. It’s gorgeous, primitive, and water is readily available. 

 

Theres a million other spots. If you want to see a bunch of them consider competing in the Alabama beta adventure race this year. 

 

https://www.thealabamabeta.com

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@ajordan well, if you've been to Monte Sano, Cheaha, etc., then you've pretty much hit a lot of what Alabama has for day hikes, etc.  I'd suggest heading towards Chattanooga and up to the Blue Ridge Parkway if possible.  You can also head over to where the Appalachian Trail crosses the Nantahala.  Grab the trail and walk it for a while. The hike of Mount Mitchell is always a good one for our family but it requires a full day drive to get up there.  While there though, you can spend the week hiking and see some of the best the East has to offer.  Good luck! Stay safe!

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Hi @ajordan ,

All of the ideas here for great Alabama hikes reflect some of the best outdoor trails the state has to offer. If you're in East Alabama, or simply not afraid of a couple hours' drive, I'd also recommend the Pine Mountain Trail near Warm Springs/Columbus, GA (just across the border) for long hikes or backpacking. 

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Hey! I am late to this thread but I am from the area around Bankhead National Forest. If you are in Alabama and are not hiking the Sipsey Wilderness, you are missing out. There are so many beautiful trails and waterfalls. 

I backpacked 28 miles in Sipsey this past October and that is only a small part of Bankhead National Forest. It is remote and we didn't pass anyone hiking until the weekend and a lot of people were out camping. There are good campsites and water is readily available. AllTrails maps are *typically* reliable for trails but there are so many treasures off trail that I would ask a local or regular hiker about!