Spring Hikes Begin at Shoal Creek Preserve

What better way to spend a glorious spring day than to hike in the scenic Shoal Creek Preserve in LauderdaleCounty? Just imagine taking a trek through fallow fields, mature upland hardwood stands, and scenic creek bottomsamong native flora, 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:
§         The Shoals Wildflower Society – wildflowers on April 15, at 1:30 p.m.
§         Dr. Paul Davison, Associate Professor of Biology, University of North Alabama – nature walk on  May 5, at 10:00 a.m.
All hikes are free to the public.
Shoal Creek Preserve hikes begin from the parking lot of off Lauderdale County Road (CR) 61, approximately seven miles from Florence. The hike is about 4.5 miles round trip over flat to moderately sloped terrain. Hikes will last about three hours. Hikers should bring water and a snack if desired. 
Directions: From Cox Creek Parkway in Florence, take Old Jackson Highway (CR 47) to St. Florian. Turn left on Butler Creek Rd. (CR 61). Go about three miles, then turn right at the Shoal Creek Preserve sign to the 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, StateLands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.