Hiking Trails

The Army Corps of Engineers invites you and your family to come enjoy the beautiful outdoors at the Black Warrior and Tombigbee Lakes by spending a day on one of our breathtaking nature trails.  With 8 different trails of varying difficulty to choose from there is something for everyone to enjoy including hiking, biking, walking, jogging, and wildlife viewing.

Demopolis Lake

Foscue Creek Nature Trail (Length - 1.01 miles round trip; Difficulty - Easy)

Foscue Creek Nature Trail is located inside the Foscue Park Day Use area and is accessible from the Foscue Park Campground. This graveled nature path is very popular with walkers and joggers. This trail takes you along the water’s edge and provides benches for wildlife viewing and trail markers for tree identification.

Bigbee Bottom Trail (Length - 3.8 miles round trip; Difficulty - Easy to Moderate)

The Bigbee Bottom trail takes you on a winding path through the hardwoods and ends up connecting to the Lower Pool hiking trail. The Bigbee Bottom trail features food plots for wildlife viewing, bridges, and reflection areas. This trail is popular with Day Hikers and Wildlife Watchers. To find this trailhead, go to Demopolis by Hwy 80 until you get to Maria Ave. Follow the signs for Demopolis Lock and Dam. The Trailhead will be on your left about 100 yards from the Lock and Dam Area.

Lower Pool Hiking Trail (Length - 1.6 mile loop; Difficult - Easy to Moderate)

The Lower Pool trail begins at Lower Pool Park and winds through the woods to eventually connect to the Bigbee Bottom Trail. This Trail is popular with Day Hikers, Wildlife Watchers, and visitors who are frequenting the Lower Pool Park area. To find this trailhead, go to Demopolis by Hwy 80 until you get to Maria Ave. Follow the signs for Lower Pool Park.

Forkland Nature Trail (Length - .61 mile loop; Difficult - Easy)

This trail loop begins at the Park Entrance Station and passes through beautiful hardwood forest following the water's edge leading upland to a unique eco-system that is normally found in the north Alabama, featuring May Apples, Pawpaw trees and an abundance of Trillium. Along with identification markers this trail also has a foot bridge and great views of McConnico Creek at sunset.

Warrior Lake

Jennings Ferry Nature Trail (Length - .54 miles; Difficulty - Easy)

This half-mile trail loop begins at the boat ramp and runs through the woods following the water's edge. Along with identification markers this trail also has foot bridges, benches, and great views of the Clear Creek and the Black Warrior River.

Holt Lake

Rocky Branch Hiking Trail (Length - 1.7 miles one-way; Difficulty - Moderate to Difficult with steep hills/grades)

Rocky Branch Trail is located within the Rocky Branch Day Use Park. The trail starts in the Day Use are and runs along the river until it reaches Old Lock 14. At the mid-point of the trail is an old group campsite that features 2 fire pits and 2 pit toilets. This trail is not a loop trail and offers many steep and difficult terrains.

Gobbler Ridge Hiking Trail (Length - .5 miles round trip; Difficulty - Very easy)


The Gobbler Ridge Hiking and Bicycle trail is a paved loop trail inside the Deerlick Creek Campground. It features resting benches, good views of the river and gorges, wildlife food plots, bridges, drinking fountains, and also has 26 tree identification markers. For tree identification, be sure to stop by the gatehouse and get the tree identification guide to go along with the trail markers.

Beech Tree Hollow (Length - 1 mile round trip; Difficulty - Moderate to difficult with steep hills/grades)


The Beech Tree Hollow Trail is located within the Deerlick Creek Campground. It is a mile long look trail that starts on the Gobbler Ridge Trail and also ends on it as well. This trail is marked with blue paint arrows on the trees, goes down into the gorge and follows a small stream and then hikes back up the Gobbler Ridge Trail.

Hiking Safety Tips

  • Do not leave children unsupervised.
  • Please stay on the developed trail.
  • Be careful when walking the trail. Watch your step & stay away from steep grades.
  • Be aware that poisonous snakes & stinging insects may be encountered.
  • Enjoy wildlife & plant life by looking at it. Take only memories & leave only footprints.
  • Please carry out all trash & litter.