Hike with Wild South this Saturday

Hikers have enjoyed outdoor ventures with Wild South all over Bankhead, including these hikers pictured who trekked to Sougahoagdee Falls with the organization. 

Join Wild South staff on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9:00 a.m. for a hike in the Bankhead National Forest.

Wild South Outreach Coordinator Janice Barrett will lead the hike spanning about three to five miles round-trip. She said the destination will be determined later in the week according to trail conditions, water level and weather.

“Discover the splendor of our forest in wintertime,” Wild South said. “Our hike will take us along streams and to waterfalls, to ancient rock shelters and high bluff walls, through a forest green with Eastern hemlocks, American hollies, pines, mosses and ferns, across a landscape rich in Native American and pioneer history.”

Though all ages are welcome, Wild South staff said the trek will be moderately strenuous and some hiking experience is advised. 

Hikers are encouraged to pack lunch, snacks and plenty of drinking water.

“Be prepared for the weather, slick rocks and wet ground,” staff members advised. 

 Participants are also encouraged to bring trekking poles or hiking sticks, which can be useful during stream crossings for balance.

Dogs and smoking will not be permitted on the hike. Those interested may sign up by emailing Janice@wildsouth.org, or by calling 256-974-6166.

After signing up, hikers may meet at the Wild South office, located at 552 Lawrence Street in Moulton, on Saturday morning.

Wild South hikes are offered free as a part of the Alabama Outreach and Education Program. Donations are welcome and can be made in person at the office or online at wildsouth.org

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