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For North Alabama hikers, state has a perfect list of trips

For those who don’t participate in fishing or hunting, hiking might be something to enjoy.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has planned a few hiking adventure trips in North Alabama.

Advertising the mission, “Hike the Walls of Jericho” in Jackson County, is how the state is promoting its hiking trips.

The ADCNR State Lands Division, along with expert guides, is presenting “Forever Wild” hikes in North Alabama. Each hike has a theme and guest hike leader, including Jim Lacefield, author of “Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks.” The hike is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m.

The Walls of Jericho hike begins at the hiker’s parking lot off of Alabama 79 in Jackson County.

The hike is six miles roundtrip, strenuous and involves a 1,000-foot elevation change.

The hike is estimated at five hours. All hikers are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and plenty of drinking water.

For those of you not familiar with this area, the ADCNR offers the following directions:

From U.S. 72 just west of Scottsboro, turn north on Alabama 79 and travel approximately 20 miles, through Hytop.

The hikers’ parking lot is on the left after the horse trail parking lot.

Other hiking adventures you may want to investigate are listed as:

  • “The Huntsville Wildflower Society.” April 14 at 9 a.m.

  • Dr. Wayne Barger, botanist, ADCNR State Lands Division. April 28 at 10 a.m.

  • Nick Sharp, Land Stewardship Officer, ADCNR State Lands Division. Natural and human history of the Walls of Jericho on May 12 at 10 a.m.

  • Eric Soehren Terrestrial Ecologist, ADCNR State Lands Division. Songbirds on May 19 at 10 a.m.

    All hikes are free to the public.

    To find out more information, visit outdooralabama.com.

    Fishing

    Be sure to watch FLW Outdoors on Fox Sports South on Sunday at 10 a.m. for the conclusion of the $1 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour season-opening tournament on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas.

    Co-hosts Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz will guide viewers through the program and hand out $125,000 to the winning angler.

    The first episode, which ran Sunday morning on Fox Sports South, left viewers on the edge of their seats as the final weigh-in was about to happen — and never was shown.

    The show will also feature a segment with Ron Shuffield, former BASS star who now focuses on the FLW circuits.

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  • Paul Stackhouse
    Outdoors
    Paul Stackhouse

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