As I continue to get off the roads and test trail running, my latest excursion at Lake Guntersville State Park (click here to see my other trail runs at LGSP) took me on the Seales Trail and the Lickskillet Trail. It was a bit of an adventure just to find the Seales trail-head and get this run started, and the adventure continued from some spots that were nearly impassible and to other areas that were straight uphill.
I had to stop here and ask the attendant where to find the trail head. He was very helpful and even printed me a map for a whole set of horse trails that are not even on the main park map, as they are north of the regular park area but still open to the public.
I also discovered that there is another campground in the Town Creek area. Unlike the main state park campground, the town creek camping area is primitive and literally right on the water.
Notice on the map that the Seales Trail is blue, and the markings along the trail are also blue. This trail is not a loop, but it dead ends at the back of the state park campground. You can also begin the trail from the campground, but the campground is gated, meaning you can only enter the campground if you have paid for a site. You could park at the camp store just outside the gates, but it is a pretty good ways to the back of the campground where the Seales Trail is located.
Another thing I have noticed is that many of the trail names at Lake Guntersville State Park have different spellings in different locations. The Seales trail is spelled “Seals” on the trail map. On the state park website is is spelled “Seale’s,” which is the official and correct name of the trail as explained on the website…
This trail is named for Rex and Ruth Seale, a couple who have worked hard hours building our extensive trail system and who have continued to mark and maintain trails through the years. They were awarded a Certificate of Merit from Alabama’s Governor in 1990.