Shoals Creek Preserve Loop
ElevationAscent: 481' 146 m
Descent: -477' -145 m
High: 703' 214 m
Low: 556' 169 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“This run covers the entire preserve. There is a lot of elevation change and plenty of waterfalls to enjoy along the way.”— Greg Miller
Depending on which way you run, you may encounter pretty steep though short climbs or some fairly long climbs. To follow the run as mapped, from the parking area, head left on Jones Branch Loop along the west side of the field. Before long the trail ducks into the trees as it descends towards Lawson Branch Creek. The trail up to this point is fairly easy and manageable by most. When you reach the creek, take a left onto the Lawson Branch Loop.
The Lawson Branch Loop is the tougher of the loops. It isn't that bad, however, there are more hills (some steeper), and there are a lot of roots on the uphill/downhill stretches. The Jones Branch Loop is a fairly easy trail that makes for a good cool down from the Lawson Branch Loop. After the first big climb the trail will turn south and begin to descend towards the eastern extent of Indiancamp Creek. The trail follows the creek south, briefly overlooks the lake, then turns east to follow Lawson Branch Creek back to the junction with Jones Branch Loop.
A left onto Jones Branch Loop will take you east and south, following the contour above Jones Branch Creek. Eventually it turns west and brings you back to the parking lot.
There is a lot of of wildlife in the preserve, so your chances of seeing some critters is pretty high. The abundant creeks and waterfalls add to the beauty of the area. There are also 2.1 miles of horseback/atv trails in the preserve.
You can find a little more information about Shoal Creek Preserve here.
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Land Manager: Alabama DCNR-State Lands Division