Improvements Made to the Walls of Jericho Trails in Northeast Alabama
Several improvements have been made to the Clark Cemetery section of the Walls of Jericho trail system in Jackson County, Ala. Recently the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) State Lands Division partnered with volunteers from the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Alabama Hiking Trail Society to make the improvements including the re-grading of some steep-sloped areas, washed out portions of the trail were filled in, and new rock steps were installed and repairs made to existing ones.
Routine maintenance was also performed including the widening of narrow portions of the trail and fallen-tree removal. The work was performed during a volunteer trail work day in July.
State Lands director Patti Powell is grateful for the volunteers. “The volunteers and staff members who performed the repairs have helped make the Walls of Jericho a much safer and more enjoyable place to hike.” Powell said. “We thank them for generously offering their time to improve this spectacular natural resource for the people of Alabama.”
Those interested in helping with future trail maintenance and improvement, or just looking for more information on hiking in Alabama, should contact the ADCNR State Lands Division at 334-242-3409 or visit www.hikealabama.org
The Walls of Jericho in Jackson County, Ala., is often called “The Grand Canyon of the South.” Thousands of hikers, amateur photographers, birdwatchers and horseback riders have explored this natural marvel since it opened in August 2004 as part of the Forever Wild Land Trust, which aims to secure the state’s natural heritage for the benefit of future generations. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley officially dedicated the area in April 2005.
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
Photo: Volunteers installing new stone steps on the Clark Cemetery section of the Walls of Jericho trail system.