Cutchenmine Trail

Guntersville, Alabama 35976

Cutchenmine Trail

Cutchenmine Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Cutchenmine Trail, once a mining road, follows the banks of Lake Guntersville, going through a dense forest of hickory, maple, and beech trees. The highlight of this trip in Lake Guntersville State Park is the wildlife, which include herons and ducks. The trail is a prime location for spotting eagles. Trail Surface: Dirt footpath.

Mining in Alabama goes back to the mid 1800s, when large deposits of coal and iron were discovered throughout what became known as the state’s “black belt.”A miner by the name of Cutchen, looking to transport his loads of coal to buyers, built the original roadway along Berry Point and the banks of Lake Guntersville. Today that roadway is the scenic Cutchenmine Trail."

Cutchenmine Trail Trip Reports

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8/15/2009
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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Trail Information

Guntersville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
630 feet
Trailhead Elevation
850 feet
Top Elevation
Lake Guntersville State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Columbus City, Albertville
Local Maps

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