Not technically challenging but still a fun ride along this 4-mile loop trail through Splinter Hill Bog, a long leaf pine bog with what is described as the most “visually impressive pitcher plant bogs in the world”. The trail begins as a narrow path crossing Dyas Creek and a wetland then opens to a wide dirt and gravel path where turkey vultures and red tail hawks soar overhead and white tail deer and wild turkey roam the pine savannah.
What Makes It Great
There are two faces to Splinter Hill Bog, located in Perdido, Alabama. The first is the tract owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy. Only foot traffic is allowed here. But just a short drive up County Road 47 is the second tract which is managed by the Alabama Forever Wild program that provides not only hikers but cyclists a chance to view one of the most impressive pitcher plant bogs in the world.
The ride is not technically challenging with most of the trip over wide dirt and gravel service roads, but the pitcher plant bog is impressive and well worth the ride. These carnivorous plants bloom from about March to early May and you will literally be surrounded by hundreds if not thousands of the white topped plants.
The most challenging part of the 4-mile loop is at the trail’s western trailhead where the path is narrow, enclosed, and travels across Dyas Creek and a wetland. Until a bridge or boardwalk is built here be ready to get wet as the water can be knee deep after heavy Southern rains. From there it’s a leisurely ride around the loop. Watch for wild turkey and deer darting out from low brush as you pedal.
Who is Going to Love It
This is an excellent trail for beginning bikers. The path is easy to follow and has only one difficult section and that is at the beginning of the trek where the path is narrow and crosses Dyas Creek and a wetland. I’m told a bridge or boardwalk will be put in place soon making this section easier to navigate. More experienced cyclists looking for a difficult course won’t find it here but will reveal in the beauty of nature with the wetland, bog, and the hillside covered with white top pitcher plants.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Perdido, Alabama, at the intersection of I-65 at exit 45 and CR 47, take CR 47 west 1.3 miles. Turn right onto a small dirt road and arrive at the western trailhead.
Wear sunscreen in the summer. Following the wetland section at the start of the trip the canopy is sparse to say the least as the state restores the natural long leaf pine forest. And remember, hunting is allowed here in the fall and winter. Visit www.outdooralabama.com/season-and-bag-limits for dates and details.