Desoto State Park

History Hike: The ‘Unfinished Bridge”

Event Dates:
September 26, 2020, 10:00 am

Events In & Around DeSoto State Park:

Civilian Conservation Corps History Hike: The ‘Unfinished Bridge”

DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama

The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the better known and most successful of the New Deal programs following the Great Depression; one that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in Alabama State Parks.

In celebration of DeSoto State Park’s 81st Anniversary of its dedication day in 1939, join DSP Staff on a moderate hike to the Civilian Conservation Corp’s ‘unfinished’ Bridge. Learn the history of why the CCC left it standing and see several original structures. Moderate hike on Gilliam Loop Trail & old CCC roadbed. Approx. 4 miles round trip.

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Central Time Zone)

Where: Meet at DeSoto State Park’s Lodge Fort Payne, Alabama-. Will carpool short distance to Gillam Loop Trailhead and hike from there.

Fee: Free and open to everyone. For details, contact Brittney Hughes at (

Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended) Trail may be wet. Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather. No age restrictions on this hike and well behaved dogs are allowed on a leash at all times.

WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it's raining/stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please call the Park Lodge before leaving home (256.845.5380)

Please make every effort to arrive early or on time so that you do not hold up the group.

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