Alabama State LandsCanoe Trails

Perdido River Hiking Trail

Distance to Finish: 13 Miles

About The Trail

The Perdido River Hiking Trail follows closely with the canoe trail starting at Blue Lake Landing on the southern end of the Perdido WMA and ending at Gravel Landing on the northern end of the canoe trail. The hiking trail route totals 13 miles taking hikers through sections of southern pine forest and Atlantic White Cedar bottoms. The trail provides access to all 6 shelters and all 3 parking areas. Hikers are allowed to use the shelters provided they follow the rules of use for shelters and parking areas.

Shelters

  • Nelson Ditch Shelter

    This site includes two shelters located approximately 4.3 miles downstream of Gravel Landing. Each shelter has room for 8 people and equipment. In front of the shelter is a medium sized sandbar offering plenty of opportunities for relaxing or larger groups of campers. Located near the shelters is Nelson Branch which empties into the Perdido River giving the shelters their name. Primitive camping is allowed on sandbars in front of shelter locations.

  • Peaden Lake Shelter

    The Peaden Lake Shelter is a single shelter located 7 miles south of Gravel Landing and 2.5 miles south of Nelson Ditch Shelters. The Peaden Lake Shelter includes room for 8 people and equipment.Primitive camping is allowed on sandbars in front of shelter locations.

  • Loggerhead Creek Shelters

    This site includes two shelters located approximately 12.5 miles downstream of Gravel Landing and 3.5 miles downstream of Staple Fork Landing. Each shelter has room for 8 people and equipment. This set of shelters includes one of the largest sandbars on the canoe trail. Located just downstream of the shelters is Loggerhead Creek which gives the shelters their name. Primitive camping is allowed on sandbars at shelter locations.

  • Swamp Field Shelter

    Swamp Field Shelter is a single shelter located 7.75 miles south of Staple Fork Landing and 2.25 miles north of Blue Lake Landing. Swamp Field Shelter includes room for 8 people and equipment. Primitive camping is allowed on sandbars at shelter locations.