Stone Cuts Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Stone Cuts are deep erosional clefts in a section of limestone and form the highlight of this hike. The Stone Cuts Trail runs straight through the heart of these large, high-walled cuts. Kids will love climbing around in here. Mountain climbers love the high cliff walls, and small cavelike spaces in the rocks attract spelunkers. Trail Surface: Dirt path studded with rocks and boulders.Monte Sano State Park’s Stone Cuts Trail puts you in personal touch with the geological processes of the Highland Rim region as it passes through spectacular rock formations and tunnels, all of which was once covered with a shallow ocean. As the land began to emerge from the waters, shell banks and coral reefs were left high and dry. Their remains formed the limestone bedrock that makes up the mountains in this region.Throughout this hike, check the exposed rock and boulders for the fossils of ancient sea creatures."
--Joe Cuhaj, Hiking Alabama (Falcon Guides).
My family loves this trail! We've hiked it several times over the last couple of years and keep coming back because the whole family can hike it and the scenery is lots of fun. We've even brought the dog.
This was a neat hike that I really enjoyed. As you can hopefully see from the pictures the trail runs right through the center of the little gorge and there are places where it is like a tunnel. This was a pretty easy hike but for the last bit on the way out, which was not that bad but was a bit of an incline.
This is a really cool short trail. I will go back the next time I'm in the area. The rock formations are pretty cool. It makes me wish I were a kid again!
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