The hiking trails in Lake Guntersville State Park traverse moderate to difficult terrain and cover over 36 miles of park property. They are multi-use trails, serving as hiking, biking and horse trails. The trails are varied with some following alongside the banks of the Tennessee River, others lead to seasonal waterfalls and wildflowers, and some that peak your interest just by their name alone such as the Old Still Path and the Moonshine Trail.
Review: My advice is to get a map. There are endless possibilties and zero back tracking. Multiple places to park and hit different trails. The golf course loop is super fast. Park at the golf parking and in the left hand corner there is a trail head. When you hit the blacktop you have the option of Taylor Mtn trail or stay on golf loop. I like hitting Taylor Mtn to Cemetary trail follow around to the service road to Tom Bevill loop back to cemetery and hit moonshine back to golf loop. This is a butt kicker and your a long ways from your vehicle so have fluids and whatever you need for a flat. Super rocky and tons of roots. There are some super downhills and heart shattering uphills. Trail is in good shape and well monitored, very beautiful scenery and alot of wildlife. Enjoy
Review: Didn't get to ride all of the trails but some seemed neglected and overgrown. The golf course loop was very loose and sandy, no grip. But Waterfall trail is a freaking blast going down! That trail alone was worth the trip. And will be going back to ride the rest and waterfall a couple times ahaha
Review: The trails I encountered were fairly rugged. I was concerned about meeting walkers on the narrow trails, so kept my pace to a minimum. They are pretty much designed for hiking and biking is allowed. Probably worth at least riding once. I'm sure once you get to know them, the trails become more enjoyable. Not for beginners.
Review: Rode these trails a couple of months back....pretty good system...but the Cutchenmine Trail is by far the best for MTB....great views. and dead-ends into Short Creek.... I will go back just for this trail.
Review: I'm from Dallas where we have 32 trails with a wide variety of terrain. I find comments on trails I plan to visit on vacation very bad unless it's a truly great trail that everyone knows about. I was surprised by this trail because of very few comment. I was not expecting much and without a map it was hard to know where I was going. The trail head is on the left just after you turn on the State Park road but before the entrance to the park. My first day I took a few loops on the Terrill Trail and Kings Chapel Trail. Then took a left at Kings Chapel Cemetery which took me to an old road where I found another trail entrance for Tom Bevill Loop. This was a total of 10 miles and ~1400 ft of Elev. Gain. On my second ride during my vacation week I meet a local rider at the trail head who told me they were working on completing new loops up by the golf course and I should try it. I should also come back out on Wednesday night 5pm for the weekly group ride. I had some troubles following the trail since they are still being worked on as of this posting. I meet two other people working on the trail and they said they have much bigger plans for the trial but showed me a map that helped me understand where I should be looking for the trails. The new loop around the golf course is very new and sections are loose and sandy. I'm sure after a few rains and local riders pack it in it will be similar to some of the other smooth rolling and banked sections of the new loop. The second ride was 11 miles and ~2100 ft Elev. Gain but this was with a few detours and back tracking. If you run out of water at the top of the trail then you can stop by the Lodge, to the right of the entrance follow the pool signs (walk your bike) they have a coke machine with Gatorade that take $1,$5, $10 and will provide change. I have no doubt that I will be riding this trail again if we vacation here next year.
Review: There are several trails in the state park that are meant only for hikers so if you hit a steep grade you're probably on the wrong trail. That being said there is a specific area on two trails that are a ridiculous climb. All of the trails would benefit substantially if they were cleared of leaves and brush but are still enjoyable and challenging in their current state. The tornado damage has largely been taken care of, there's only one trail I know of that is still in the reclamation process. Definitely worth a day trip.