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Bankhead Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.2 mile 2.0 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 58' 18 m
Descent: -179' -55 m
High: 1,270' 387 m
Low: 1,091' 333 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Luke Brisk

A section of singletrack that starts from a wide gravel shoulder on Bankhead Parkway.

Luke Brisk

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers

Description

The Bankhead Trail is partly a renamed section of the Flat Rock Trail and partly a new section that starts at wide shoulder on Bankhead Parkway. The best way to access the trail via the aforementioned wide shoulder. The entrance is not marked so follow Bankhead Parkway south just past the parking area until you see an opening on your left with a steep, rocky decline.

The trail starts off with a descent for the first 1/2 mile with some easy switchbacks and starts to flatten out by the time you get to the intersection with the Flat Rock Trail. From there its a very easy trail until you get to the end where you climb back up to and then over Bankhead Parkway before ending at the Dummy Line Trail.

There is one spot to that is confusing. At the intersection with the Oak Park Trail, the singletrack gives way to doubletrack. Be sure to keep an eye out to your left for when trail bears left and goes back to singletrack while the doubletrack, which is not the trail, continues on.

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Land Manager: Land Trust of North AL

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Photos

A well constructed stone section of the Dummy Line Trail over a creek bed.
Jul 28, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Panther Knob trail marker with orange flagging in the background.
Jul 21, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Hard to follow section between Bankhead Parkway and Flat Rock of the Land Trust's Panther Knob trail.
Jul 21, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Well-constructed bridge on Bankhead Trail.
May 13, 2016 near Huntsville, AL
Rocky decline at the start of the Bankhead Trail.
May 13, 2016 near Huntsville, AL
Split-cedar log bridge on the Dummy Line Trail. There are several of these on this trail.
May 26, 2016 near Huntsville, AL

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