Public Invited to First Hike of the Forever Wild Coosa WMA Trail on March 22

The Alabama State Lands Division and the Alabama Hiking Trail Society (AHTS ) will host a grand opening hike of the new Forever Wild Coosa Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Trail on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The public is invited to join the hike, which kicks off at the west trailhead located on Coosa WMA Road 153 at 10 a.m. West trailhead GPS coordinates are: 32.894439, -86.417871.
 
AHTS members will lead the grand opening hike, which covers approximately 6.6 miles of the 11.4-mile trail. Refreshments will be provided for all hikers who attend. Those who wish to hike the entire trail may do so.
 
The Coosa WMA trail is predominately moderate with a few semi-strenuous climbs. The west end of the trail is not as steep, while the east section offers more climbs and switchbacks. The trail is free to use and open year-round. Trailheads and parking areas are conveniently located on either end of the trail. The east trailhead is located at the Hatchet Creek bridge (Double Bridges) on Highway 29. GPS coordinates are 32.862305, -86.339755.
 
For information about the grand opening hike, contact Doug Deaton, State Lands Natural Resources Planner, at 334-850-7158, or by email at doug.deaton@dcnr.alabama.gov. For a complete list of Forever Wild tracts with recreational opputunities including hunting, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, canoeing and more, visit alabamaforeverwild.com.
 
To learn more about the AHTS including how to volunteer, visit hikealabama.org.
 
Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust continues to expand the number of recreational areas available to the public so that present and future generations can enjoy quality-of-life opportunities in the outdoors such as the trail and campsites at the Coosa WMA tract. Learn more about the Forever Wild Land Trust, its mission, its funding, and the many recreational and hunting opportunities available at alabamaforeverwild.com.
 
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
 
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