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Lake Guntersville Loop

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3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 272' 83 m
Descent: -270' -82 m
High: 1,114' 339 m
Low: 975' 297 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

A scenic loop around the golf course with great views of the lake.

Kristen Arendt

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

Trails are open from sunrise to sunset.

Overview

The Golf Course Loop is a great introduction to Guntersville State Park. With a creek crossing and some of the most rewarding views of Lake Guntersville, this trails give runners a sense of adventure on a mostly doubletrack loop that is easy to follow.

Description

The Golf Course Loop encircles the Lake Guntersville State Park golf course atop Taylor Mountain. Access to the trail is available at the east end of the Golf Course Parking Lot as well as across the street from the main park Lodge on Lodge Drive.

From the Golf Course parking lot, the trail heads slightly downhill with small berms along the perimeter of the golf course. After about a half-mile, the new trail starts a steady climb followed by a matching descent. Along this stretch runners will be treated to views of Lake Guntersville.

The trail meanders through wooded areas and areas damaged by the April 2011 tornado outbreak just below the golf course. Except for a few small climbs, the elevation changes are relatively minimal. About halfway through the trail, it crosses a stream. The rock ledge may be slippery, so be careful when running across it.

About two-thirds of the way along the trail, it crosses Aubrey Carr Scenic Drive. Watch for traffic as you cross the road. Continue towards the right along the Golf Course Loop (Taylor Mtn comes off on the left), which parallels Aubrey Carr Scenic Drive. At the next trail intersection, turn right. This will take you slightly uphill along the original trail up to Lodge Drive, just across from the park Lodge.

To get back to the Golf Course Parking Lot, run along the park road back to the parking lot.

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View of Lake Guntersville.
Dec 26, 2019 near Gunters…, AL
View of Lake Guntersville above trees damaged during the April 2011 tornado outbreak.
Oct 6, 2017 near Gunters…, AL
The Golf Course Loop branches off here. The intersection isn't marked, but a right turn will take you up to the Lodge.
Oct 6, 2017 near Gunters…, AL
Bridge #2 on the Golf Course Loop. Similar to the first bridge, but it doesn't seem to be quite as slippery.
Oct 6, 2017 near Gunters…, AL
Bridge #1 on Golf Course Loop.
Oct 6, 2017 near Gunters…, AL
Intersection of Golf Course Loop (right) with Taylor Mountain Trail (left).
Oct 6, 2017 near Gunters…, AL

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