The Forever Wild Shoal Creek Preserve Trail System

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.

photo: Shoal Creek Preserve Type: Backcountry, Equestrian Trail, Nature Trail
Length: 6.30 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Equestrian - Riding
Fishing
Hunting
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Located within the Forever Wild Shoal Creek Nature Preserve
States: Alabama
Counties: Lauderdale
Latitude: 34.90732   Longitude: -87.62064

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.

Description

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, http://www.outdooralabama.com/public-lands/stateLands/foreverWild/.

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.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock
Grass or Vegetation
Rock, boulders
Rock, smooth
Sand
Soil
Water, moving
Water, still

Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 560
Elevation High Point: 620
Year Designated: 2012

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Forever Wild Shoal Creek Preserve Tract
Website: Forever Wild Land Trust Tracts with Hunting Provis
Website: Alabama's Forever Wild Program

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

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
doug.deaton@dcnr.alabama.gov

 

Photos

Bluff over looking Shoal Creek

Bluff over looking Shoal Creek

Footbridge over Lawson Branch

Footbridge over Lawson Branch

 

Kiosk

Kiosk

Waterfall on Lawson Branch

Waterfall on Lawson Branch

 

Portion of Hiking Trail

Portion of Hiking Trail

Snow on Hiking Trail

Snow on Hiking Trail

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