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Elkmont Rails To Trails

Near: ElkmontAL (Weather)
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2 Total
Mileage
9 Difficulty: Easy Trail
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Trail Description Elkmont Rails to Trails is a GREAT place to do a day ride ! There are NO facilities. In fact, you park right in "downtown" Elkmont. Downtown Elkmont is DEFINATELY one of those "don't blink or you'll miss it" kind of places. And that's a literal statement. The trails have been recently upgraded and two bridges have been constructed to include an adorable COVERED BRIDGE ! This is a VERY pleasant ride. LOTS of trees to shade you in the summer. There are LOTS of folks who ride here so it's busy on the weekends. Weekdays you have a LOT less problem parking. You park basically in the middle of the trails. If you go south, the trail goes for 3 1/2 miles one way. If you go north, the trail goes for over 4 miles one way up to the Tennessee border. This is a former Civil War Railroad Track that used to supply a Confederate Fort not far from the track. In fact, on the south trail there is a sign that you can read. It tells a lot about the history. It gets sobering when you read the last sentence that states "200 soldiers died where you are now standing" (or in my case sitting on my horse). This is a very flat, easy trail. It's a GREAT place to start out young horses, condition trained horses or ride during hunting season when you can't ride anywhere else. Everyone is friendly and it's kept quite clean. There are a couple of restaurants nearby. One is within walking distance of the parking area and the other is a nice little Bar-B-Q restaurant a short drive to the west. This is a GREAT trail !
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Town of Elkmont
256-732-4211
Town of Elkmont
18890 Upper Ft Hampton Rd
Elkmont, AL 35620
Directions From I-65 you get off at the Elkmont, AL exit. This is just south of the TN/AL border or 2 hours north of Birmingham, AL. Head west off the exit and go about 4 - 5 miles. When you turn right on a 90 degree turn (same road - just has a sharp turn), you know you're almost there. When you get down to a parking area on the left with new wooden fencing, you know you're there. If you get to the 90 degree turn to the left, you've gone too far. Welcome to Elkmont !
This information was provided by Jackie8@aol.com on 6/24/2005 8:31:38 AM

Notes on Difficulty Rating:  
 Easy
(Gently sloping or level terrain; trails are groomed or wide open; shallow or no creek crossings. ) 
 More Difficult (Moderate hills over consistent surface; possibly some narrow trails and short steeper slopes) 
 Rigorous (Easy to More Difficult for rider but physically challenging for horse such as on a level surface through deep sand) 
 Challenging (Possible rocky, uneven surface, steep slopes, uncleared trails, faster flowing streams and other obstacles that lead to more difficult riding for rider and horse)

   

   

   

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