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South Plateau Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 3.8 (9)

An easy trail with fantastic views during the winter months.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

99%

Runnable

1,651' 503 m

High

1,563' 476 m

Low

133' 41 m

Up

134' 41 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The South Plateau Loop starts and ends from the Hikers Parking lot off Of Nolen Avenue inside of Monte Sano State Park.

The trail is very flat except for a 0.25-mile section that loops west of Bankhead Parkway, but even that section is not very difficult.

If you run the trail counter-clockwise from the Hikers Lot, you intersect with the following trails at these mile markers:

Fire Tower Trail: .16 & 1.15
Bog Trail: 1.0
Warpath Ridge: 1.8
Mountain Mist: 1.8 & 2.9
Bucca Family Trail: 3.3

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Shared By:

Luke Brisk

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  3.8 from 9 votes

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  3.8 from 9 votes
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Photos

Beautiful Limestone rock ledge and over look on the Mountain Mist Trail
May 5, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
"Rest Shelter" used by local runners to indicate which section of McKay Hollow Trail they are on.
Jul 25, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Seasonal waterfall below the South Plateau Loop.  If water is flowing under the bridge on the trail above it, the waterfall will be running.
May 12, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Trail runner exiting Mountain Mist Trail on to the Southern Plateau Loop
May 14, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
This is one of many areas along South Plateau that offer great views during the winter months.
Jun 8, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
The start of the Bucca Family Trail off of the South Plateau Loop.  This is a great example of how flat and trip-hazard-free the trail is.
Jun 1, 2015 near Huntsville, AL

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