Over 15 miles of trails to explore


No matter if you like rugged alpine-like trails or easy wooded trails - we have it all.  Well maintained and expertly marked trails await you at every turn.  The vistas from our trails around Lake Martin are breath taking and carry you back to simpler times when the Creek Indians and early settlers were roaming our area.

Volunteer Organization dedicated to your enjoyment of the outdoors


Founded in 2004 by Jimmy K. Lanier, the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association (CRATA), has been dedicated to the design, building, and maintenance of quality, well marked foot path only trails around the Lake Martin area.  

Managed by a Board of Directors, this 501C-3 organization has developed partnerships with all the major stake-holders in the area in order to insure a long range plan to increase opportunities for wholesome outdoor activities and educate our community on good stewardship of our natural resources. 

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The more you learn about us, the more you will be convinced that the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association is the premier organization for trail design and maintenance.  Start by clicking on "Our Hiking Trails' to learn where you can start your first, or next, of your many hiking adventures around Lake Martin.  

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Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association

Smith Mountain Drive, Jacksons Gap, Alabama 36861, United States

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