Wade Mountain Loop
ElevationAscent: 455' 139 m
Descent: -455' -139 m
High: 1,201' 366 m
Low: 784' 239 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“An adventurous run to explore the woods of the west side of Wade Mountain.”— Kristen Arendt
Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers
Need to Know
From that "T" intersection, the Fossil Bench Trail heads south and the Bostick Trail heads north. For the loop as mapped here, pick up the Fossil Bench Trail. This trail runs along a natural bench on Wade Mountain on what was an old logging road. A majority of the trail is doubletrack with some large flat rocks that can be slippery when wet. At the 1-mile mark, the trail meets up with the other end of the Bostick Trail.
From the Fossil Bench Trail, once you turn onto the Bostick Trail, you'll encounter the most challenging (and fun!) part of the run. This is where the trail converts over to singletrack and becomes much more rocky. There is a rock formation waterfall that after heavy rains and the wet season is quite the sight! When it's dry, it can be fun to climb around and explore as well.
The trail continues to zig and zag as it climbs quickly to its end at the Wade Mountain Greenway. The trail transitions from singletrack back to old, well-worn doubletrack logging road that ascends part way up Wade Mountain intersecting with the Wade Mountain Trail. There are some rocks and roots through section but nothing too challenging.
From this intersection, take the Wade Mountain Greenway to return to the trailhead.
Land Manager: Land Trust of North AL