Yesterday I was showing homes for sale in a Lake Martin neighborhood called The Harbor. It is a development that is about eight or nine years old. It is located off of Overlook Drive, just east of the Martin Dam, off of Highway 50.
I was through around 6 PM, and the sun was starting to set. The air was cool, not very humid, basically it was perfect weather.
As I was leaving, I decided to stop by the trailhead of the Deadening Alpine Trail. It is a 3.6 mile loop trail and part of the Cherokee Ridge trail system of Lake Martin. This system is maintained by the Cherokee Ridge Trail Association. The trail runs over land owned by Alabama Power. The trailhead itself is accessed by going into the neighborhood of The Harbor, then taking a left on Long Branch. The drive to the parking lot is accessed off of Long Branch Drive:
There is a little parking lot just for this trail:
Here is the trailhead, they even have little bamboo staves with “Deadening Trail” written on them for you to borrow:
Anyway the trail is beautiful, a real gem for Lake Martin, a great activity if you have never done it. I am embarrassed to say I have never tried it before yesterday, as many times as I have driven by it. The next time my family is with me, I think we will do the whole thing. I encourage everyone to become a member.
Have you ever hiked any of these trails? Any tips for the rest of us? If so please comment below.
Cherokee Ridge Trail