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The Forever Wild Coon Creek Trail System

The 320 acre Forever Wild Coon Creek Tract is located on the banks of Yates Reservoir on the Tallapoosa River.

photo: Coon Creek

Length: 5.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Backcountry, Fitness Trail, Nature Trail
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Located within the Forever Wild Coon Creek Tract
State(s): Alabama
Counties: Tallapoosa
Longitude: -85.87639
Latitude: 32.59353

Driving Directions

From Tallassee, AL; Take AL-14E toward Notasulag, AL, Turn Left onto CR 6/Macedonia Rd, Turn left onto Hicks Store Rd, Turn Left onto Gravel Pit Rd, Turn Right onto Coon Creek Landing Rd. Follow Coon Creek Landing to trailhead and boat launch


The 320 acre Forever Wild Coon Creek Tract was purchased to provide outdoor recreational opportunities. This tract located on the banks of Yates Reservoir on the Tallapoosa River will provide recreational opportunities in the form of hunting, fishing, hiking and ecological education.

The Forever Wild Coon Creek Tract is home to the Forever Wild Coon Creek Trail System. The trail system consist of two trails; the Wood Duck Trail and the Overlook Loop. The trails are near Yates Reservoir in Tallapoosa County.

The Wood Duck Trail is an easy 4-mile round-trip that begins near the Coon Creek Forever Tract parking lot. The trail heads east hugging the slough of Coon Creek to a picnic area and loops back to the parking lot.

The Overlook Loop also begins near the parking lot and heads west creating a 1-mile loop along the slough to the highest point on the property and back to the trailhead. Overlook Loop is relatively steep in one area, but its short length makes it an easy trek.

Both trails are free to use by the public and provide ample opportunity to observe wildlife including white-tailed deer, wild turkey, wood ducks, and several other bird species. The trails close at sunset.

The parking lot also has a boat ramp for anyone wishing to do some fishing or just some fun paddling around.

For more information about Alabama Forever Wild Program visit the program web site at, http://www.outdooralabama.com/public-lands/stateLands/foreverWild/.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama's natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock
Grass or Vegetation
Water, moving

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 470
Elevation High Point: 530
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Forever Wild Land Trust/Coon Creek
Website: American Trails Featured NRT

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
Doug Deaton
Natural Resource Planner
AL Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources
64 North Union St, Suite 464
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-3484
[email protected]



Footbridge over Coon Creek

Footbridge over Coon Creek

Flowing Coon Creek

Flowing Coon Creek


Boat Ramp Looking from the North Shore

Boat Ramp Looking from the North Shore

Sunrise at the Boat Ramp

Sunrise at the Boat Ramp


Feeder creek flowing into Coon Creek slough. Photo by Ben Coon.

Feeder creek flowing into Coon Creek slough. Photo by Ben Coon.


Nice creeks

My 11 yr old son and I hiked the one mile trail and half of the four mile trail. Our favorite part was the feeder creeks on the four mile trail. Water flowing over flat rocks was really pretty!

December 25, 2019


Coon creek trails

I found the Over look. trail to be ideal for a short trail run. There is some elevation but it is not a technical trail. There are a good many switchbacks and the trail can be hard to follow because few people hike or run this trail and you must rely on the markings. An experienced trail person should have no problems though. A suggestion, white tree markers might be easier to see than the red particularly when the foliage is thick. The 4 mile Wood duck loop is really nice and easy to follow. It is level and reasonably easy. Thank you for developing and maintaining this tract of land!

May 20, 2018



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