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The Forever Wild Shoal Creek Preserve Trail System

Location Located within the Forever Wild Shoal Creek Nature Preserve
State(s) Alabama
Counties Lauderdale
Type Backcountry
Equestrian Trail
Nature Trail
Length 6.30 Miles / 10.14 Km Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency State
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Shoal Creek Preserve
Shoal Creek Preserve

The Forever Wild Shoal Creek Preserve Tract in Lauderdale County consists of approximately 298 acres and is home to the Forever Wild Shoal Creek Preserve Trail System. The trail system navigates through several different habitat types throughout the site which include fallow fields, mature upland hardwood stands and scenic creek bottoms. Waterways consist of Indian Camp Creek, Lawson Creek, Jones Branch, and Shoal Creek. The management objectives are preserving natural plant and animal species and habitats, while providing opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, canoeing, picnicking, bird watching, photography and nature study. Motorized vehicles are only allowed in designated parking areas and access roads. The tract is located approximately 7 miles from Florence, AL and 3 miles north of the St Florian community. Access is via an unimproved road off Lauderdale County Road 61.

The Shoal Creek Preserve Tract has two hiking trails; the Jones Branch Loop (2.4 miles) and the Lawson Branch Loop (1.8 miles). The Tract also has a 2.1 mile horseback riding trail.

All 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 close at sunset.

For more information about Alabama Forever Wild Program visit the program web site at,< (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset



Starting in Florence, AL; Head southeast on N Pine St toward W Tennessee St, Take the 1st Left onto W Tennessee St, Slight Left onto Florence Blvd, Turn Left onto CR 61/Middle Rd, Turn Left onto CR 30/St. Florian Rd E, Take the 1st right onto CR 47, Take the 2nd left onto Butler Creek Rd/CR 61, Travel down Butler Creek Rd 2.1 miles, Entrance Road will be on the Right hand side of the Road.


Additional Information

Width: 24 inches.

Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted

Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock
Grass or Vegetation
Rock, boulders
Rock, smooth
Water, moving
Water, still

Average Grade: 5%

Elevation Low Point: 560

Elevation High Point: 620

Year Designated: 2012

Date Last Updated: 05/29/2013


Contact Information

Public Contact:
Doug Deaton
Natural Resource Planner
AL Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources
64 North Union St, Suite 464
Montgomery , AL 36130
(334) 242-3484


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Bluff over looking Shoal Creek Photo View/Download
Footbridge over Lawson Branch Photo View/Download
Kiosk Photo View/Download
Waterfall on Lawson Branch Photo View/Download
Portion of Hiking Trail Photo View/Download
Snow on Hiking Trail Photo View/Download
Forever Wild Shoal Creek Preserve Tract Website View/Download
Forever Wild Land Trust Tracts with Hunting Provis Website View/Download
Alabama's Forever Wild Program Website View/Download



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