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Spring Hikes Begin at the Walls of Jericho

March 15, 2007

CONTACT: State Lands Division, 334-242-3484             

What better way to spend a glorious spring day than to hike to the magnificent Walls of Jericho in Jackson County? Just imagine taking the trek through massive rock formations among native flora and over rushing streams guided by an expert on the area. If this is where you’re looking to spend a Saturday afternoon, then get ready. The Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (ADCNR) State Lands Division, presents Forever Wild hikes in North Alabama. Each hike has a theme and a guest hike leader including:

  • Dr. Jim Lacefield, author of Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks A Guide to the State’s Ancient Life and Landscapes – geology and natural history on March 24, at 10 a.m. 
  • The Huntsville Wildflower Society – wildflowers on April 14, at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Dr. Wayne Barger, Botanist, ADCNR State Lands Division – wildflowers on April 28, at 10:00 a.m.
  • Nick Sharp, Land Stewardship Officer, ADCNR State Lands Division – natural and human history of the Walls of Jericho on May 12, at 10:00 a.m.
  • Eric Soehren, Terrestrial Ecologist, ADCNR State Lands Division – songbirds on May 19, at 10:00 a.m.

All hikes are free to the public.

Walls of Jericho hikes begin at the hiker’s parking lot off of Highway 79 in Jackson County. The hike is six miles roundtrip, strenuous and involves a 1,000 foot elevation change. Hikes will last approximately five hours. Hikers should bring a sack lunch and plenty of water. 

Directions: From Highway 72 just west of Scottsboro, turn north on Highway 79 and travel approximately 20 miles, through the town of Hytop. The hiker’s parking lot is on the left after the horse trail parking lot.

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 Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com.

 

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