Cave Creek Trail

Talladega National Forest, Alabama

Distance3.0mi
Elevation Gain1,348ft
Trailhead Elevation1,940ft
Top2,190ft
Elevation Min/Max1857/2190ft
Elevation Start/End1940/1940ft

Cave Creek Trail

Cave Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Clay County and Cleburne County, Alabama. It is within Talladega National Forest and Cheaha Wilderness. It is three miles long and begins at 1,940 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,348 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"The Cave Creek Trail travels the side of Hernandez Peak for a trip that takes you through tunnels of rhododendron bushes. You’ll also enjoy excellent views of the surrounding mountains. The hiking becomes difficult from the Nubbin Creek Trail junction on Little Caney Head to the end of the trail at the Pinhoti connector on Parker High Point because the trail has become overgrown with thorn bushes and shrubs. Trail Surface: Dirt path and rock."

Cave Creek Trail Trip Reports

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5/19/2008
The trail is nice and not too strenuous most of the way. It gets a little rocky here and there but not too bad. There were flowers all over the place while i was there. After going past the creek it gets a little less maintained. There were several downed trees i had to crawl under or over and the trail narrows as it climbs. There are a few good places to camp along the trail as well.
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9/22/2007
We took the Cave Creek trail up on Saturday morning and it was pretty hot. The trail is really rocky and this time of year there is not much of a view. I imagine that in the fall and winter it is a great trail with great views but this time of year is not a good time to go up. We camped on top of a ridge and woke up in a cloud. Everything was wet and very hot. Good for fall NOT now.
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6/9/2007
Cave Creek is a beautiful walk in the woods. The trail is fairly flat and the trees are tall and the forest is well canopied. Loved it!!
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11/13/2006
Wonderful hike. It is an out or back hike, but can be combined with the Pinholti Trail to make for a long loop (~14 miles). The Cave Creek Trail meanders through lush woods and several easy stream crossings. It is a moderately difficult hike, but the return along the Pinholti Trail is much more difficult and less developed with extensive boulder fields to contend with. We hiked in late May, and the wildflowers were exceptional, especially the fields of Indian Pink. If this is not enough enticement, the views are wonderful.
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4/5/2004
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3/2/2000
Nice parking area with occasional ranger patrol. Overall, this is a great weekend hike. It ends up being maybe 27-30 miles total, and about 45 hours. Only one part is especially strenuous. There are several river/stream crossings, but they can be done without getting the boots wet if one is careful. All the intersections have signs, which is nice. Most of the trail is easy enough to follow. Water was available (streams mostly). There are established campsites with fire rings every few miles so it shouldn’‘t be necessary to impact on nature too much. There is a gift store with passes to use the campground shower facilities. It is something like $2 or $3 a person, quite reasonable
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Trail Information

Talladega National Forest
Nearby City
Cheaha Wilderness
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Talladega National Forest, Cheaha State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Cheaha Mountain
Local Maps