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Decatur Trail

5 mi
State: AL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Richard Martin Trail

10.2 mi
State: AL
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Swan Creek Greenway

2.3 mi
State: AL
Asphalt, Gravel

TVA Nature Loop

1.6 mi
State: AL
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Much of the Decatur Biking and Running/Walking Trail is asphalt, and some is on-street, but at Point Mallard Park it turns into a shady, well-maintained gravel trail over smooth terrain. Currently, ...
AL 5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Richard Martin Trail (a.k.a., Limestone Rail-Trail) is best accessed mid-route from a trailhead in the town of Elkmont, where you'll find parking, good signage, a historic depot (used for community ...
AL 10.2 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Swan Creek Greenway Trail offers natural beauty as winds its way through the forest along Swan Creek. Trail-goers will enjoy views of a covered bridge, gentle rapids and glimpses of wildlife. The first ...
AL 2.3 mi Asphalt, Gravel
TVA Nature Loop in northwestern Alabama offers a short connection between Sheffield on the south side of the Tennessee River and Florence on the river’s north bank. The paved trail travels through a pleasantly ...
AL 1.6 mi Asphalt

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Decatur Trail

AL - 5 miles

Much of the Decatur Biking and Running/Walking Trail is asphalt, and some is on-street, but at Point Mallard Park it turns into a shady, well-maintained gravel trail over smooth terrain. Currently, ...

Swan Creek Greenway

AL - 2.3 miles

The Swan Creek Greenway Trail offers natural beauty as winds its way through the forest along Swan Creek. Trail-goers will enjoy views of a covered bridge, gentle rapids and glimpses of wildlife. The first ...

TVA Nature Loop

AL - 1.6 miles

TVA Nature Loop in northwestern Alabama offers a short connection between Sheffield on the south side of the Tennessee River and Florence on the river’s north bank. The paved trail travels through a pleasantly ...

Decatur Trail

AL - 5 miles

Much of the Decatur Biking and Running/Walking Trail is asphalt, and some is on-street, but at Point Mallard Park it turns into a shady, well-maintained gravel trail over smooth terrain. Currently, ...

Richard Martin Trail

AL - 10.2 miles

The Richard Martin Trail (a.k.a., Limestone Rail-Trail) is best accessed mid-route from a trailhead in the town of Elkmont, where you'll find parking, good signage, a historic depot (used for community ...

Swan Creek Greenway

AL - 2.3 miles

The Swan Creek Greenway Trail offers natural beauty as winds its way through the forest along Swan Creek. Trail-goers will enjoy views of a covered bridge, gentle rapids and glimpses of wildlife. The first ...

TVA Nature Loop

AL - 1.6 miles

TVA Nature Loop in northwestern Alabama offers a short connection between Sheffield on the south side of the Tennessee River and Florence on the river’s north bank. The paved trail travels through a pleasantly ...

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TVA Nature Loop

AL - 1.6 miles

TVA Nature Loop in northwestern Alabama offers a short connection between Sheffield on the south side of the Tennessee River and Florence on the river’s north bank. The paved trail travels through a pleasantly ...

Decatur Trail

AL - 5 miles

Much of the Decatur Biking and Running/Walking Trail is asphalt, and some is on-street, but at Point Mallard Park it turns into a shady, well-maintained gravel trail over smooth terrain. Currently, ...

Richard Martin Trail

AL - 10.2 miles

The Richard Martin Trail (a.k.a., Limestone Rail-Trail) is best accessed mid-route from a trailhead in the town of Elkmont, where you'll find parking, good signage, a historic depot (used for community ...

Swan Creek Greenway

AL - 2.3 miles

The Swan Creek Greenway Trail offers natural beauty as winds its way through the forest along Swan Creek. Trail-goers will enjoy views of a covered bridge, gentle rapids and glimpses of wildlife. The first ...

TVA Nature Loop

AL - 1.6 miles

TVA Nature Loop in northwestern Alabama offers a short connection between Sheffield on the south side of the Tennessee River and Florence on the river’s north bank. The paved trail travels through a pleasantly ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Decatur Trail

great travel run

July, 2016 by tony.turner

In Huntsville for business. Came here for evening run. Started by the pool area ran along the water edged trail. Lots of people. Very nice!!

Richard Martin Trail

Perfect for a quick run

April, 2016 by j9moses

Having missed my run due to travel, I found this location on my way back from Nashville. It was so convenient to the interstate that I could change clothes, take a quick run and my hubby could get in his walk and we were back on the road. The shaded trail was perfect even when a quick rain blew in and we were hitting the trail in the heat of the day.
Look forward to trying the full route on the next trip...

Richard Martin Trail

Follow-up from 2012

November, 2015 by augustwalk

This is a follow-up review from the one I wrote in 2012. I wrote then that there were many horses and basically no bikers. I'm happy to report that has changed. On my ride on a beautiful mid-September Sunday 2015, there were fewer horses, and bikers were fairly numerous, a very pleasant change. Good to see fellow bikers out there. Most of the horses still seem fairly skittish of bikers though, so I'd suggest going pretty much as slow as you can go when encountering horses. Do that and there should be no problem with them. The horse hockey seemed to be less than before.

I'm also happy to report that the barking dogs issue I mentioned before is no longer an issue. The house (at the northern trailhead) is no longer occupied or even habitable, so there are no dogs anymore. You can go to the restroom in peace.

It's really about as pleasant a trail as you could ask for. I stretched out the ride by several miles by riding a loop on some lightly-traveled roads that are actually marked with signs as a bike route. At the northern terminus I took a loop of Pettusville Rd./Spence Cave Rd./Pettusville Rd./Robinson Rd./Veto Rd., which was very nice, though there is a substantial hill or two to go up at one point. You get rewarded for that though when you get on Robinson Rd. and it very quickly starts going downhill and there's a maybe half-mile section that's gently curvy and goes through a forested section. It's a fun and slightly scary ride because you can FLY, if you want to. Here's a look at it on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/udKqb6ngRKE2

If I lived closer, I'd use this really nice trail a lot for both biking and walking. The folks there are lucky to have it.

Accordion

TVA Nature Loop

A Dam Fine Trail

September, 2015 by koldtoess

This site states that the trail is 1.6 miles, but the overall TVA Muscle Shoals Reservation Trail is approx. 12.5 miles for paved, dedicated bike/walk. The trail rambles between deep forested sections, century old engineering marvels, grand vistas and amazing grasslands. It varies enough to allow you to determine your ride; multiple loops, yo-yos, elevation challenges, road and side trials with multiple entry points on both sides of the Tennessee River and restrooms on both the Florence and TVA (mid-trail) sides.

I started at the Marriot Shoals hotel and rode south over Wilson Dam. The east side Muscle Shoals trailhead starts at a small parking lot; turn right off Wilson Dam Hwy. (WDH) past the large array of transformers/transmission towers right after the dam. You will think that you are headed toward a restricted area, but will turn left prior. The trail winds through the TVA property before crossing underneath Hwy. 157/The Singing Bridge. At the intersection, there is a sign that states “End Bike Route” but there is a paved trail that merges onto the bridge, east side, via a 7’ wide wire-cage covered walkway to the Florence trailhead and mini-park. If you look on a satellite map, there is a gravel path back to the Marriot but it was too overgrown to transverse. Returning back to the trail at Hwy. 157, there is a right-turn down a park road that leads to a pavilion with a gorgeous overlook. Again, returning to the trail, you will hit the TVA trailhead next which splits the trail into a loop. Both of these trails will take you to the double-decker bridge. There is no signage, but if you keep dropping in elevation you will hit the bridge. The old bridge is the capstone of the trail. You can ride the wood deck bridge until it stops above Patton Island at the panty tree, you’ll see. To get to the west side Muscle Shoals trailhead at the bridge, you will need to drive through the parking lot of Oral & Facial Surgery Center. In addition to the bike/walk paths, there are a couple of side hiking trails to both the bluff and the river. To vary your ride, I did a little road riding along the WDH which feels very safe due to sparse traffic on the weekends. I completed almost 30 miles and looped back to the dam without seeming to ride the same trail twice.

Decatur Trail

enjoyable hike

December, 2014 by boots5588

We only walked a two mile stretch but enjoyed the whole path.

Richard Martin Trail

Great ride!

October, 2014 by tucker2005

We stayed at Mill Creek Rv rode out first day towards Tennessee. At end we rode some of the back roads on payment too! Went back by campground and then rode into Elkmont and back. Second day we took bikes to Elkmont and parked at caboose and rode towards Athens to end and back. Second day was almost 12 miles round trip. Leaves were falling and only saw two walkers and one biker and no horses today. Don't have mountain bikes but had no trouble it was hard packed. Little up and down hills so got a good work out!!!!! Ate at new goat cheese place and got ruben turkey sandwich which was good. Did not tour factory. Groupon had a coupon but we were tired.
A nice ride to take lunch. Tables and covered area and restroom are at each end. Nice parking looked safe and very open.

TVA Nature Loop

Enjoy Biking in Florence

August, 2013 by bepo

Cross over the TN river on 133 (Helton) Going North into Florence. As soon as you cross the river take first red light turn to the right onto Veterans then take 1st right. Go to end of road 3 TO 4 Blocks and it bears right and leads you into a small parking lot. Then take trail over the river Approx 1 mile bridge. Then it breaks off into several small trails. All asphalt trails and easy riding or walking.

If you wanted to when leaving parking area go back and cross over hiway and ride into the downtown Florence area or go online and find other Bike routes in the area.

Not a lot of signs but I am sure if my wife and I can figure it out surely others can.

We love the area.

Richard Martin Trail

Great Trail

June, 2013 by guidrybj

Found this trail by happenstance. This trail was very nice. Easy, shaded and several things to see. It is a great family trail. Stopped at the Belle Chevre Cheese Shop and Tasting Room in Elkmont for lunch.

http://www.bellechevre.com/index.php

Richard Martin Trail

More to see in Elkmont: Belle Chevre Goat Cheese Shop & Tasting Room

April, 2013 by cindib

...and bike rental!
Read more at: http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2013/04/post_10.html

Swan Creek Greenway

Great Trail

January, 2013 by fusonts

Love it! It's beautiful. My dogs love it too. The length is good when walking smaller dogs.

Richard Martin Trail

Not for me.

January, 2013 by dumbledoremccracken

I've biked the Richard Martin (RM) about ten times, and I won't return because of the horses.

I don't know what I'm doing that unnerves the horses, to the point that some want to jump off the trail - even when I'm stopped waiting for them to pass, but I'm convinced that the situation is too dangerous for me to continue to use the RM.

I would like to see is horse-free hours on the trail (something like 6am - 10am and 4pm - 8pm, with perhaps bike-free hours from 10am - 4pm) to enable an increase in safety.

As some have noted, the horses vastly out number the bikers, and perhaps all other users.

The RM is far and away the best cross country ride near Huntsville, as far as I know. At half the length, the RM is the closest I've found to my favorite trail, the Northern Central Railroad Trail in Maryland. On the NCRT I have never experienced the level horse (or horseback rider) anxiety that I've encountered on the RM. The NCRT seemed wider than the RM, so that may have alleviated the anxiety issue.

Richard Martin Trail

July, 2012 by mb4541

Visited the trail based on the reviews. Was not difficult to find, as Elkmont is a one stop sign town and the trail runs straight through downtown. We started in the middle of the trail and went north. The trail is crushed stone but well packed and smooth. On this day the trail was wet from showers and muddy in places but not enough to require fenders. Most of the trail is under the trees canopies which made it cooler in the summer. The very North end the trail gets primitive, dirt road like, with a historical church, newly built picnic area and restrooms awaiting your arrival. They were well maintained. We saw a few riders, a couple horses and local with two dogs. Not much traffic for such a nice trail. The South leg from the mid-point is almost straight as an arrow. You can see a long distance down the trail and the gradual incline seems to go on and on and on. The South parking lot is impressive with a huge parking lot, nice restrooms and a pavillion. An enjoyable experience. Worth the trip and worth a return visit. The only negative is finding the restroom at Elkmont. There was no sign on the door and not located where indicated on the trail map. I did not feel so bad when another biker could not find the restroom and asked us.

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