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Press Release

State Lands Division Announces Opening of New Hiking Trail at Walls of Jericho Forever Wild Tract

August 19, 2009

CONTACT: State Lands, 334-242-3484

The State Lands Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has just opened the Bear Den Point Loop at the Walls of Jericho Forever Wild Tract in Jackson County. The Bear Den Point Loop adds 4.7 miles to the existing 6-mile hiking trail system. Plans for future trails are in the works including an 11-mile overnight wilderness backpacking experience.

Characterized by mountainous terrain and breathtaking views, the Walls of Jericho Tract is a great place for adventure seekers of all levels. Located near Scottsboro, Ala., the Walls of Jericho was purchased by the Forever Wild Land Trust in February 2004 as a nature preserve, recreational area, and wildlife management area to offer opportunities such as hiking, horseback riding, primitive camping, hunting and fishing to the public.

How to Get There

The Walls of Jericho is located in Jackson County about 25 miles northwest of Scottsboro off of Highway 79.

• From Huntsville, Ala., go north on Highway 72. Take a left on Highway 79 to the Skyline/Hytop community. The Walls of Jericho tract is just north of Hytop; Highway 79 goes through the tract.

• From Nashville, Tenn., take I-24 east toward Chattanooga. Take Exit 127 on Highway 64 and turn toward Winchester. Stay on Highway 64 for about 15 miles and turn south on Highway 16. Just after crossing into Alabama, look on the right for a gravel parking area with a yellow gate and an information kiosk. Park there and follow directions on the map at the trailhead.

For more information about the Walls of Jericho Tract and its outdoor opportunities visit www.outdooralabama.com/public-lands/stateLands/foreverWild/FWTracts/Walls_of_Jericho/.

Local accommodations can be sought through Jackson County Tourism. Visit www.jacksoncountychamber.com or contact them at tourjackson@scottsboro.org.

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.

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