Hike to Peavine Falls
Alabama › Peavine Trailhead
Added by Edward Day
Peavine falls is a great place to photograph a beautiful 65-foot waterfall.
The Peavine falls parking is located at the pin. You can also follow signs to the South Trailhead and from there, follow signs to Peavine Falls. Signs are clearly marked at the parking lot leading you down to the top of the falls or the bottom of the falls. Pictures from the top of the falls are difficult to take due to the lush vegetation around the top, but the bottom is a great place to set up for an awesome shot.
For the best results when taking pictures at Peavine, going after a nice heavy rain would be optimal. If not, Peavine tends to be just a trickle of water. Also, shooting at sunset allows the sun to peek through the trees behind the waterfall. Due to the thickness of tree coverage however, sunrise would not be the best lighting.
- A camera (preferably a camera that allows long exposures)
- Neutral Density Filter (optional)
- A wide angle lens
- Hiking Shoes
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A favorite spot at Oak Mountain State Park
If you're visiting Oak Mountain State Park, a quick hike to see Peavine Falls is definitely worth it. From the South Trailhead, you can reach the falls in a half mile. From trailhead to the top of the falls the trail is wide, with a very moderate descent. Getting down to the base of the falls, the trail is steeper but still very doable for most families. As described, the falls is often just a trickle, but I have very rarely seen it completely dried up. To find it looking like the photos above you'll need to plan your trip after heavy rains. Even when the falls have a small amount of water, the pool and creek at its base are a great place to relax. If you want to add a bit more hiking than going directly to the falls and back, you can take the Green trail from Peavine Falls parking lot. Connect to the White trail, turning back towards Peavine Falls, and you'll eventually intersect the Blue trail at the top of the falls.
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