Two Hiking Trails Added to the Coon Creek Forever Wild Tract in Tallapoosa Co.
The State Lands Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has opened two new hiking trails at the Coon Creek Forever Wild Tract, the Wood Duck Trail and the Overlook Loop. The trails are near Yates Reservoir in Tallapoosa County.
The Wood Duck Trail is an easy 4-mile round-trip that begins near the Coon Creek Forever Tract parking lot. The trail heads east hugging the slough of Coon Creek to a picnic area and loops back to the parking lot.
The Overlook Loop also begins near the parking lot and heads west creating a 1-mile loop along the slough to the highest point on the property and back to the trailhead. Overlook Loop is relatively step in one area, but its short length makes it an easy trek.
Both trails are free to use by the public and provide ample opportunity to observe wildlife including white-tailed deer, wild turkey, wood ducks, and several other bird species. The trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset.
The Coon Creek Tract can be accessed by taking Tallapoosa Co. Rd. 6 north (Macedonia Rd) for 3 miles off of Highway 14. From Tallapoosa Co. Rd. 6, turn left onto Hicks Store Rd. Follow Hicks Store Rd. for 1 mile and turn right onto Gravel Pit Rd. Take an immediate right onto Coon Creek Landing Rd., which leads to the boat ramp and parking lot.
The 320-acre Coon Creek Tract was purchased by the Forever Wild Land Trust in February 1995 to provide recreational opportunities in the form of hunting, fishing, and ecological education. More information about State Lands and the Forever Wild Program can be found here
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: Footbridge spanning Coon Creek in the Coon Creek Forever Wild Tract in Tallapoosa County.