North Loop Trail

Andalusia, Alabama

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This trail is actually the northern loop of the Conecuh Trail. The loop provides 12 miles of easy walking that can be completed in one day. The path winds in and out of open forests and sections of dense, shady tree cover. You're likely to see plenty of wildlife. Eastern wild turkeys dart from the brush, and hawks sail overhead. Along the loop, away from campgrounds, there's a better chance of seeing an alligator—assuming you want to. There is plenty to take in along this loop. Over its 12-mile length, you will be treated to large cypress ponds and marshes, wide-open spaces, thick forest, sandy trails, and opportunities to see wildlife. A state highway, AL 137, cuts the loop cleanly in half, seeming to create two distinctly different experiences.To the west, towering longleaf pines and grassland are home to woodpeckers and wild turkeys.The eastern side features a thick dogwood and magnolia forest with two large cypress ponds, blue herons, and, yes, alligators.
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Hiking Alabama

by Joe Cuhaj (Falcon Guides)

This trail is actually the northern loop of the Conecuh Trail. The loop provides 12 miles of easy walking that can be completed in one day. The path winds in and out of open forests and sections of dense, shady tree cover. You're likely to see plenty of wildlife. Eastern wild turkeys dart from the brush, and hawks sail overhead. Along the loop, away from campgrounds, there's a better chance of seeing an alligator—assuming you want to.

There is plenty to take in along this loop. Over its 12-mile length, you will be treated to large cypress ponds and marshes, wide-open spaces, thick forest, sandy trails, and opportunities to see wildlife. A state highway, AL 137, cuts the loop cleanly in half, seeming to create two distinctly different experiences.To the west, towering longleaf pines and grassland are home to woodpeckers and wild turkeys.The eastern side features a thick dogwood and magnolia forest with two large cypress ponds, blue herons, and, yes, alligators.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Andalusia
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 210 feet
Top Elevation: 320 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Conecuh National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Carolina
Driving Directions: Directions to North Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

3/17/2012
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Overall good 14 mile trail to get out and get some exercise on. If you're only wanting to camp, start the trail from the parking lot side, hike a few miles in until the forest undergrowth disapeers and set up camp. The trail is easy follow and is well marked with white diamond markers throughout the hike. According to my GPS and the longer Conechu Trail (19.2 miles) guide book, the hike is 14 miles instead of the 12 identified in the North loop trail guide. It is a flat trail with a few small gradual ascents and descents. I didn't see much for wildlife, but we hiked during mid day. There are a few places to set up a tent along the first 10 miles, but not many (The undergrowth is thick and would make it hard to set up a tent during most of the hike). The last 3-4 miles offer much better camping.



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