Are you and your canine up for a fun-filled day of magnificent hiking trails set within one of Alabama's most pawpular state parks? Then visit the Lake Lurleen State Park and hike its woof-taking trail system. The Lake Lurleen Lightning Loop Trail makes up just a small slice of the large 1,600+ acre park. Nonetheless, the Lightning Loop Trail is known for being a "lightning fast" addition to one of the other more lengthy trails within the park.
The Lightning Loop Trail received its name in order to be congruent with the other weather-themed trail loops, but this trail is true to its name. Light and fast, the trail is rather easy with little to no climb. While you won't wander too far off from the Tashka Trail by taking the Lightning Loop, doing so does come with its perks. One such perk you'll find is the amount of foot traffic is reduced by half. Not many hikers will see the benefit of completing the Lightning Loop Trail if it only goes for a 1/2 mile, however, this section of the forest is beautifully wild and diverse, giving you the chance to spot wildlife or take a peaceful rest.
So why is Lightning Loop Trail woof the extra effort? It's a great addition to the Tashka Trail and offers a way to explore another section of the wild forest. You can access the Lightning Loop Trail after a long day of hiking at the Tashka Trail, about 9.2 miles in via the South Trailhead, or you can hike counterclockwise and reach the Lightning Loop Trail after hiking only 1.8 miles via the North Trailhead. Either way, the Lightning Loop Trail is a blazing fast trail that shouldn't be missed while out exploring the Lake Lurleen State Park! A friendly reminder to clean up after your on-leash pooch!