Spring Hiking Series: Cave Mountain Small Wild Area

Set aside in 1976, Cave Mountain Small Wild Area is among many locations along the Tennessee River preserved by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Recently revitalized, the trail offers a 1.2- mile adventure that sits minutes from Lake Guntersville Dam. An easy to moderate stroll through upland deciduous forests, you're going to love the fantastic wildflower displays and views of both Wheeler Lake and a Tupelo Gum swamp. While you're there, take in some history along the way and explore the namesake cave.

Sitting slightly uphill on your right, the cave makes a great reprieve on a hot summer day. Feel free to explore, but be aware of a dangerous vertical drop a few hundred yards in. In late fall, you'll have the chance to collect your own luck charms, buckeye seeds, and view the migrating waterfowl that call the area home in the colder months. As the trail rounds the other side of the mountain, you'll ascend quickly, with brief views of the Guntersville Dam, best viewed in winter. On the ridgeline, the forest changes character again to upland hardwood, offering nice views north and east over the swamp and the Tennessee River itself.Watch your footing as you meander downhill through some rocky traverse, and turn left at the junction to return to the trailhead. But don't leave before you scope out some bald eagles nesting at the Guntersville Dam, just minutes away. It's a fantastic spot to have a lunch post hike and get your fishing game on.

We will meet at Fitness DEFY'd at 630am for those that wish to carpool to the hiking location site.

Directions:  Take Highway 231 south for 19.5 miles, turning left on Union Grove Road. Go approximately 13 miles, and turn left on Snow Point Road. There is a small parking area on the left side of the road, past the gate.