The Forever Wild Walls of Jericho Trail System

The Walls of Jericho Trail system offers hiking and horseback riding trails that travel through mountains and wooded terrain, hosting caves, springs, rare plant species, rocky bluffs, and steep canyon walls all terminating at a breath taking Limestone Cathedral formed by the headwaters of the Paint Rock River.

photo: Headwaters of the Paint Rock River (Turkey Creek) Type: Backcountry
Equestrian Trail
Nature Trail
Length: 17.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Located within the Forever Wild Walls of Jericho Tract in Hytop, AL.
States: Alabama
Counties: Jackson
Latitude: 34.9632   Longitude: -86.08863

Starting from the intersection of Highway 35 and Highway 72 located in Scottsboro, AL, take Highway 72 W towards Huntsville for 5 miles, Turn Right onto Highway 79. Follow Highway 79 N for 25 miles for the horseback riding trailhead and 26 miles for the Hiking Trailhead. Trailheads will be on the left side of the road.

Description

The Walls of Jericho Trail System in located within the Forever Wild Walls of Jericho Tract in Jackson County, AL which consists of 12,510 acres bordering Tennessee, which were purchased in partnership with The Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The tract is comprised of mountainous and wooded terrain, hosting caves, springs, rocky bluffs, steep canyon walls and portions of the headwaters of the Paint Rock River. The tract is part of the J.D Martin Skyline Wildlife Management Area, and is adjacent to the Post-Oak Flat Tract and the Henshaw-Cove Tract.

As with all Forever Wild Acquisitions, the land protected serves as a base for traditional forms of conservation related recreation, following the principles of multiple-use. Bird watching, backpacking, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, stream fishing and wildflower viewing are all accommodated on Alabama's Walls of Jericho Tract. All of these activities are best assessed by improved public access parking areas along Hwy 79. There are separate parking areas for horseback riding access and hiking access.

There are currently 3 hiking trails available. Both the Walls of Jericho Trail (6 miles round-trip) and the Bear Den Point Loop (4.7 miles round-trip) leave from the hiking trail parking lot. The South Rim Trail (1 mile round-trip) leaves from the Clark Cemetery Campsite located along the Walls of Jericho Trail. The Walls of Jericho Trail leads down through the box canyon known as the Walls of Jericho into the breath taking Limestone Cathedral.

A horseback riding trail (8.3 miles one-way) leads down to the Clark Cemetery Campsite. No horses are allowed beyond the Clark Cemetery Campsite, foot traffic only. Horses riders can tie up their horses at the campsite and hike the remaing 1/2 mile into the Walls of Jericho Canyon.

There are 3 primitive campsites available. One is located near the hiking trailhead parking lot and the second is located at Clark Cemetery in the valley. The third campsite is located in the horseback riding trailhead. Posted signs will direct you to the campsites.

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
Soil
Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 700
Elevation High Point: 1,774
Year Designated: 2012

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: "Walls of Jericho, A Long Awaited Expectation Made
Website: The Forever Wild Walls of Jericho

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 N Union St, Suite 464
Montgomery , AL 36130
(334) 242-3484
Doug.Deaton@dcnr.alabama.gov

 

Photos

Walls of Jericho Amphitheater

Walls of Jericho Amphitheater

Footbridge over Hurricane Creek

Footbridge over Hurricane Creek

 

Lower Turkey Creek

Lower Turkey Creek

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