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36. The Walls of Jericho Tracts
The Walls of Jericho and Surrounding Areas
Date of Purchase: February 26, 2004
Location: Jackson County; Township 1S, Range 5E, portions of Section 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 ,11, 12, 13 , 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, 36; Township 1S, Range 6E, portions of Sections 7, 18; Township 2S, Range 5E, portion of Section 1
Acreage: 12, 510
THE WALLS OF JERICHO TRACT in Jackson County consists of 12,510 acres bordering Tennessee, which were purchased in partnership with The Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The tract is comprised of mountainous and wooded terrain, hosting caves, springs, rocky bluffs and portions of the headwaters of the Paint Rock River. The tract is adjacent to J.D Martin Skyline Wildlife Management Area, the Post-Oak Flat Tract and the Henshaw-Cove Tract.
As with all Forever Wild Acquisitions, the land protected serves as a base for traditional forms of conservation related recreation, following the principles of multiple-use. Bird watching, backpacking, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, stream fishing and wildflower viewing are all accommodated on Alabama’s Walls of Jericho Tract. All of these activities are best assessed by improved public access parking areas along Hwy 79. There are separate parking areas for horseback riding access and hiking access.
There are currently 3 hiking trails available. Both the Walls of Jericho Trail (6 miles round-trip) and the Bear Den Point Loop (4.7 miles round-trip) leave from the hiking trail parking lot. The South Rim Trail (1mile round-trip) leaves from the Clark Cemetery Campsite.
A horseback riding trail (8.3 miles one-way) leads down to the Clark Cemetery Campsite. No horses are allowed beyond the Clark Cemetery Campsite, foot traffic only.
The trails can also be accessed from the Tennessee
The State Lands Division, along with volunteer groups, is currently working to develop an additional 11 mile hiking trail that will begin at the hiking trail parking lot and terminate at the Post-Oak Flats Tract.
There are two primitive campsites available. One is located near the parking lot and the second is located at Clark Cemetery in the valley. Posted signs will direct you to the campsites.
Please help the State Lands Division and other volunteer groups keep the Walls of Jericho clean for all visitors by following the Leave No Trace policy.
For more history and information on The Walls of Jericho Tract, the following article is a good resource.