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Walls of Jericho
|Event Location:||Jackson County, Alabama and Tennessee|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Jul 29 2018 7:00 am >> Sun, Jul 29 2018 8:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Tue, Jul 17 2018 8:08 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Jul 27 2018 6:52 pm|
|Event Duration:||13 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||14|
|Minimum Group Size:||4|
|Number Registered So Far:||16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
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The Walls of Jericho is a 750-acre natural area in the Bear Hollow Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Tennessee and the Skyline WMA in Alabama. We will start on the Alabama side and hike down about 4 miles into the canyon, hang out for a while to relax and take a dip in the water, then return the same way back up.
"The Walls" enclose a narrow canyon, about half a mile long, with 200- foot-high vertical limestone bluffs on each side. The halfway point in our hike culminates in a bowl-shaped area known as the amphitheater, where the waters of Turkey Creek emerge from the base of the bluffs. Embedded in the limestone are bowling ball-size holes from which water drips, creating a unique water feature. A bit of scrambling over a short but tricky step-up in the canyon floor will take us to “the hole.” Here, water trickles, or sometimes pours, from upstream into a deep pit where it disappears into the ground.
According to legend, Davy Crockett explored the area in the late 1700s. The site was named by a preacher who performed baptisms there in the late 1800s. The towering bluffs reminded him of the walls that tumbled down after Joshua's Israelite army marched around the city blowing their trumpets.
We will tramp over rocky terrain and along creeks as we descend steeply into the canyon. Coming back out will be a steady 1,000 foot climb.
Depending on time and interest, we may stop and check out the Little River Canyon on the way back.
|How to Get There:|
Take I-75 North to exit 306 for GA-140 W
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||305Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||7:00 am|
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|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $122.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.|
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