“A gentle descent down the backbone of Taylor Mountain.
— Zack Butler
The Taylor Mountain Trail is a new trail built since the April 2011 tornado outbreak that devastated much of Lake Guntersville State Park. The park is adding additional trails in partnership with IMBA. Plastic flags on trees indicate where new trails are planned to be constructed.
This trail runs between the Golf Course Loop
and the Cascade Trail down the backbone of Taylor Mountain parallel to Aubrey Carr Scenic Drive. At the top, on the end nearest the Golf Course Loop
, it meanders along the ridge in the midst of a relatively new forest due to significant damage from the April 2011 tornadoes that devastated significant portions of Lake Guntersville State Park.
A short section of the trail is doubletrack. After passing through a large clearing, it begins a singletrack descent, with a few switchbacks here and there. There is also a bail point to Aubrey Carr Scenic Drive. Generally speaking, the trail is not technical; the higher difficulty rating is largely due to the almost constant steep grade down the mountain.