Thompson Hamby Loop

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
in Jefferson County


N 33.702851
E -86.696378





Time 1.0 hrs Loop
Distance 2.3 mi

The Thompson Trace and Hamby Hollow trails form a round trip hike the entire family can enjoy. Both trails are located on the south section of the park, following the higher terrain. Hikers begin at the Falls Recreation area next to the gravel parking lot. The Thompson Trace trail curves northeast, as it begins to ascend the hillside. At the ridge, the trail turns back southwest and follow the ridge for a large portion of the hike. There are several lookout points along this section; with the best views during the winter months. The dirt path carries hikers through pine and hardwood trees. During the spring, bird calls fill the area. As the trail approaches Narrows Road on the west end of the park, it turns down hill finally intersecting with the Highlands Picnic area. At this point, you can exit the trail and walk along the road back to the falls or continue on the Hamby Hollow trail.

The Hamby Hollow trail begins by following a small stream along a lower elevation. As you approach the first bridge, the trail begins to curve upwards into a higher elevation. Hardwoods and pines are plentiful. Half way through the hike, the trail takes an abrupt northeast turn and continues down hill for the rest of the hike ending up at the Falls Recreation area.


Take I-20 E/I-59 N. Take Tallapoosa Street exit (#128 ). Keep right at the fork to merge onto Hwy. 79/Tallapoosa St. Continue on Hwy. 79 for approximately 11.9 miles Turn left onto Narrows Road (at intersection of Hwy 75) Turn right onto Turkey Creek Road

Trail added on April 13, 2015
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