Each year, I always long for the arrival of the Autumn season when I can once again enjoy the crisp fall air, bonfires with family and friends, all things pumpkin spice, and the vibrant colors of the leaves as they transition from green to varied shades of red, orange and yellow.
As someone who enjoys spending time outdoors and admiring nature’s Autumnal display, my favorite fall activity is “leaf peeping”, and there is no better place to do so than right here in Morgan County.
Below is a list of four nature trails in Morgan County, suitable for most fitness levels, that will satisfy any nature-lovers need to view the colorful leaves.
1. Flint Creek Trail
Wheeler Wildlife Refuge: Closest to Decatur is Flint Creek Trail, a well-marked 1.5-mile trail located on the north side of HWY 67. It features many species of deciduous trees, local wildlife, boardwalks that cross the tranquil creek, and a pavilion where you can enjoy a picnic.
2. Trail of Scriptures – Valhermoso Springs
For anyone in search of a more spiritual journey through nature, the Trail of Scriptures, located beside the First Christian Church in Valhermoso Springs, will not disappoint. Meander along a flat, gravel path sprinkled with Bible verses and Christian symbolism. It is open from dawn until dusk and also features a pavilion where a picnic can be enjoyed.
3. Dewel Lott Nature Trail - Somerville
Located behind Brewer High School in Somerville, AL, this lesser-known nature trail is used mostly for high school outdoor activities. However, come here on a weekend and you are likely to have it all to yourself. It is a very short trail through the woods and features all the vibrant colors of fall.
4. Unmarked Trail – Valhermoso Springs
Finally, for those craving a little more adventure, you will find an unmarked trail directly beside a Historical Marker on Highway 36 east of Thomas Road. The marker identifies the location of the old mineral springs, Valhermoso Springs’ namesake. Park on a gravel pullout, descend into the woods directly beside the marker, and you will be surrounded by interesting rock formations and fall foliage. To avoid getting lost, just follow the creek out and back.
Happy Trails to those who decide to enjoy some of these trails this fall season, and I hope to see you there!
– Visit Decatur AL Ambassador, Amanda House