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Shoals Creek Preserve Loop

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4.5 mile 7.3 kilometer loop
94% Runnable


Ascent: 481' 146 m
Descent: -477' -145 m
High: 703' 214 m
Low: 556' 169 m


Avg 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

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife


There are a lots of small waterfalls along theses trails, and plenty of nice views as well. Since the trails aren't that difficult and the preserve seems to be well-kept up with minimal trash, this would make for a nice outing with an adventurous family.

Runner Notes

Just watch out for tree roots!


The preserve parking is lot located at 34.90711 -87.62087. There are no fees for for using this area. The preserve is a pretty clean area along Shoal Creek north of Florence Alabama. There are two loops trails here (the Jones Branch Loop and the Lawson Branch Loop), for a total of about 4.5 miles of running trails.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, hawks, ducks, geese, small animals. There will be a lot of plant life to look at as well.

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Oct 7, 2018
Jason Lee
8.2mi — 1h 45m

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View of Shoal Creek from Lawson Trail Loop
Mar 18, 2018 near Underwo…, AL
Steepest trail on Jones Creek Loop
Mar 18, 2018 near Underwo…, AL
One of the small waterfalls on Lawson Branch
Mar 18, 2018 near Underwo…, AL
Waterfall near Jones Branch Loop
Mar 18, 2018 near Underwo…, AL
Uphill stretch near beginning of trail
Mar 18, 2018 near Underwo…, AL
Bridge over Lawson Branch. This is really the start of the trail.
Mar 18, 2018 near Underwo…, AL


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