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William B. Bankhead National Forest Thompson Creek Trail, Trail # 206, Needles Eye Trail

 
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Length

3.4 Miles 5.5 Kilometers

92%

Runnable

100%

Singletrack

Elevation

441' 134 m

Ascent

-419' -128 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

736' 224 m

High

607' 185 m

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Excellent hike. Very easy trial to follow. Hiker traffic is moderate depending on the weather.

Tylyr Butler

Overview

Please do not explore caves. The native bat species in the area is subject to contracting White-Noise Syndrome (WNS).
There are also some USFS restrictions on areas for a monument survey. Trees will be marked with red dye/paint.
Exact Coordinates (34.3408500, -87.4705500) of the trailhead


If you get the chance to explore the needles eye, it will be worth the time.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Spring — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Multiple shallow creek crossings during nominal weather conditions.

Runner Notes

Beware of some technical spots along the trail.

Description

Expect a great time if you love the outdoors.

Flora & Fauna

Always look out for Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, Poison Sumac.
***Also take note of the three common venomous snake species native to the area. Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus), Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix), Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus). Google Search for a picture to identify them if you are not native to the southeast.

History & Background

Established by Mark Ivy Burks of Birmingham

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