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Explore the best rated trails in Muscle Shoals, AL. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Decatur Trail and Muscle Shoals Reservation Bicycle Trail. With more than 6 trails covering 32 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Richard Martin Trail

Nice Ride on a Hot Fall Day

September, 2022 by whit.w.5918_tl

Was passing through and decided to stop and ride North to South with an added lollipop head on the roads around Athens. Trail was great; I was dreading the heat (upper 80s) but the shade kept things nice and cool!! Surface was a bit rough in places, so not a road bike trail, but a hybrid, mountain bike or gravel bike (my choice) will work well.

Would love to see this trail extended, both south and north.

Decatur Trail

confusing and disappointing

July, 2022 by pmbishop55

trail markings are somewhat confusing to follow as well as riding with traffic and crossing a few major intersections. The positive part of the ride, once closer to mallard park, the ride was nice.

Richard Martin Trail

Beautiful and bumpy

June, 2022 by catherinebogdon

I’m glad I read the reviews before deciding which bike to bring—it’s pretty bumpy. It’s beautifully secluded when riding on a weekday morning. I only saw two pedestrians and two equestrians during my ten mile ride. It’s completely shaded, nice for a summer ride. There’s a pristine (but a little creepy) swamp on the east side of the trail three miles from the southern trailhead at Coffman-Mitchell Park, and goes for half a mile. Looking east you can’t see where it ends. Gorgeous, but remember to bring insect repellent! Will definitely ride it again, starting g at the halfway point in Elkmont. Elkmont

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Richard Martin Trail

Great Ride

July, 2021 by pchambers1965

I decided to drive the 50 miles from Columbia Tennessee down here to this trail after work as a last minute idea. Great little trail. I started at Veto, Al (mile 11) and rode it to the beginning (mile 0.0) and back. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. The tree canopy kept the trail extremely cool even though the temp was in upper 80s. This trail doesn’t need to be paved

Richard Martin Trail

Perfect as is!

June, 2021 by chacus

I do not understand why so many say this trail should be paved. It is great as is and paving it would ruin the rural nature of this hike. Flat and shaded, it is an idyllic walk.

Decatur Trail

Very Nice

March, 2021 by bwrenfroe

This is a good trail. We especially liked the area around Point Mallard. The only negative is there are a couple times we had to cross four lanes of traffic. Otherwise, a very nice trail.

Decatur Trail

Excellent for trikes too!

January, 2021 by rplaborde

We parked at the Mallard Point Park area and there were plenty of available parking. The path was paved in part and some areas had well packed gravel. We have recumbent trikes and this trail was a wonderful trike route. It was wide enough in most areas to accommodate two traffic and the view along the Tennessee River was gorgeous.

Richard Martin Trail

Beautiful but rough

December, 2020 by vnoel3

One if the most peaceful, scenic rail-to-trails, but needs paving. Large size gravel is rough for bikes & horses. Lots of ruts from Elkmont to TN state line. Athens to Elkmont is easier portion. Parking & restroom at Piney Chapel in Athens. Nice lunch cafe in Elkmont.

TVA Nature Loop

Lovely ride

December, 2020 by vnoel3

TVA trails in Sheffield are shady & beautiful. This portion is easy and goes to dam overlook.

Decatur Trail

it’s different

September, 2020 by steven.seidel33

We rode the part of this trail which leads from Wilson Morgan park to the Tennessee River. It goes through residential Decatur, mostly along sidewalks which parallel the roads. You must stop or slow continually for crossroads/curbs. The neighborhoods you ride through are sketchy with a lot of trash and poor upkeep. It’s certainly not scenic in any way until you reach the old downtown. Also, I’m several places it’s poorly marked or not marked at all.

Swan Creek Greenway

swan Creek

May, 2020 by lauraadamsky

Beautiful ride!! Nice and shaded- several people on the trail. It is working biking, walking, or running. Great place!!

Richard Martin Trail

Lovely Trail

May, 2020 by vnoel3

This is one of the most beautiful rails to trails. But, it is a rough bicycle ride. Athens/Limestone need to pave it.

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