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Odum Scout Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The scenery and serenity of the Odum Scout Trail makes this one great hike. Right from the start, High Falls adds to the splendor of the scene—and to the difficulty of the hike, as the route ascends stairs to reach the top of the falls. The path then follows the ridgeline of Cheaha Mountain, with wildflowers displaying all imaginable colors and two bluffs providing spectacular views. Many people believe the Odum Scout Trail is Alabama’s most scenic mountain trail. If after hiking it you don’t agree, you’ll have to at least acknowledge that it comes pretty darn close. Situated in the Talladega National Forest, the trail was built by the Cheaha District of the Choccolocco Council of the Boy Scouts, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service. Its objective: “to encourage interest in camping and hiking in the great out-of-doors.”Trail Surface: Rock and dirt footpaths."
--Joe Cuhaj, Hiking Alabama (Falcon Guides).
Falls at beginning of hike were nice, very low due to being so dry though. Nice overlook at one point but not much else to see. Would like to try when the leaves are off the trees, would be much better views. Trail very overgrown in some areas. Long pants & bug/tick spray a must in the summer.
very nice. The beginning is the only slightly difficult section. After that, it's a nice cruise through quiet woods that are alive with lizards and dragon flies. The hard core hikers would probably say its not hard enough or whatever, but whatever its awesome. loved it.
Nice hike, but not all that exciting. We started at the bottom, and worked our way up to the point where it intersects the Cave Creek Trail (one of my favorite hikes 5*), and than turned around. The views are nice, and the woods are very lush (we hiked in early November, but I get the sense that the wildflowers should be awesome in the spring time), but the hike lacks variety. Good, but not great.
Because of the weather in Alabama from May through September, I would only recommend this hike in both directions during the winter, fall, and early spring months when the air temp is still hovering in the 60s. However, in the Summer, the trail is a delight to hike down (starting at Cheaha State Park and hiking towards Talledega) even though the Summer heat is brutal. There is plenty of water along the trail but, a 100 oz camel back should be sufficient. Hiking downhill, the trail can be completed with a moderate pace in 4 - 5 hours. For those in excellent shape, the trail can be hiked both ways (roughly 18 - 20 miles) in 8 - 10 hours. For safety, I recommend bringing at least an LED headlamp, just in case you get caught in the dark.
When I hike round-trip, I start at Talledega and hike to the top of Cheaha making the return trip mostly downhill. I carry my camelbak, a water filter, a headlamp, and some food.
There aren't many views from the trail but there are 2 or 3 waterfalls (this is a creek so they aren't very big but they are still nice to look at) and the trail is kept in pretty good shape all year. It is also rarely hiked from end to end with the Cheaha side being the most frequented because of the waterfalls.
There are also a few excellent camp sites along the trail. I highly recommend this trail for trail runners and hikers.
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