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Bankhead Trail

Intermediate
 2.0 (2)

A section of singletrack that starts from a wide gravel shoulder on Bankhead Parkway.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.8

KM

Point to Point

1,346' 410 m

High

1,079' 329 m

Low

49' 15 m

Up

282' 86 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers

Description

The Bankhead Trail is partly a renamed section of the Flat Rock Trail and partly a new section that starts at wide shoulder on Bankhead Parkway. The best way to access the trail via the aforementioned wide shoulder. The entrance is not marked so follow Bankhead Parkway south just past the parking area until you see an opening on your left with a steep, rocky decline.

The trail starts off with a descent for the first 1/2 mile with some easy switchbacks and starts to flatten out by the time you get to the intersection with the Flat Rock Trail. From there its a very easy trail until you get to the end where you climb back up to and then over Bankhead Parkway before ending at the Dummy Line Trail.

There is one spot to that is confusing. At the intersection with the Oak Park Trail, the singletrack gives way to doubletrack. Be sure to keep an eye out to your left for when trail bears left and goes back to singletrack while the doubletrack, which is not the trail, continues on.

Contacts

Land Manager: Land Trust of North AL

Shared By:

Luke Brisk with improvements by Steve Vacula Jr

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Photos

Beautiful morning on the mountain!
Mar 23, 2020 near Huntsville, AL
Loose crushed rock at the start of the trail.
Jul 31, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Panther Knob trail marker with orange flagging in the background.
Jul 21, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Hard to follow section between Bankhead Parkway and Flat Rock of the Land Trust's Panther Knob trail.
Jul 21, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Entrance into Monte Sano State Park form the close section of Bankhead Parkway.
Jun 15, 2015 near Huntsville, AL
Rocks protruding from the trail.
May 27, 2015 near Huntsville, AL

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May 15, 2020
Steve Vacula Jr
Up Dummy Line, down Bankhead 4.1mi
May 17, 2018
Jerrye Kent

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