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.