Join us for “Follow us Outside,” a series that explores Alabama Power’s Preserves.

Watch as Steve Thomas, board president of the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association (CRATA) and Chris Goodman, Alabama Power hydro manager and CRATA board member, talk about hiking on the Scenic Overlook Trail at Lake Martin.


The Scenic Overlook Trail is at the trailhead for the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail and offers one of the best views of Lake Martin. This Preserves site offers accessible parking, picnic tables, a viewing platform and informative signage along the trail.

CRATA’s first trails constructed in 2004 consist of three treks totaling 7.2 miles.  All three trails are tied together so you can hike as much or as little as you like.

Nov. 17 is National Take a Hike Day!  It’s a time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Hiking can be simple – you don’t have to have any heavy equipment – and Alabama Power’s Preserves offer lots of great trails for you to explore.

Alabama Power Preserves offer 70 public-use spaces across 12 reservoirs with free hiking trails, fishing piers, boat launches, picnic tables and more where you can take a hike or soak up the great outdoors all throughout the year.

The Preserves are protected lands around Alabama Power lakes created to enhance natural resources and allow the public to enjoy the rich, ecological diversity of the state. To find a Preserve near you, visit

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