by Joe Cuhaj (Falcon Guides)
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This is a nice and easy trail and only took me slightly more than 2 hours to complete the 4+ mile round trip. The trail follows the Lake Guntersville shoreline and is comparable to the North Plateau Loop on Monte Sano mountain [only three times as long and less rocky]. It is blazed, but the blazes aren’t needed because the trail is so well defined.
It crosses several streams that were dry at this time of year but will probably have a nice flow after the spring rains. The biggest of the streams are spanned by man-made structures [i.e. bridges]. The trail meanders through a nice variety of trees and offers lots of wild flowers and fungi even this late in the summer. I also saw lots of insects, butterflies and small wildlife. Farther out in the lake there were herons, but it was too early in the year for any eagle sightings.
About half way along the trail, someone was thoughtful enough to build a campfire ring at a spot that allows a wonderful view of the lake. Unfortunately, some others were un-thoughtful enough to leave plastic water bottles, drink cans and other trash all around.
The trail ends at a very rocky inlet [Dry Creek] to the lake which was almost dry and easy to scramble over. Again, after the spring rains, it will probably be more difficult to cross. On the other side, it is possible to continue along the shore of the lake for a while and there are several spots that are ideal for a rest and a meal. The quiet was broken only by sounds of nature.
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