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Walls of Jericho

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Jackson County, Alabama and Tennessee   Hike: Walls of Jericho  National Weather Service Forecast
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)
Distance:8 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
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

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


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.

Required Items to Bring:

Good hiking boots
Trekking poles
At least 2-3 liters of water
Snack or lunch
Change of shoes / sandals
Plastic bags for any wet / muddy clothing

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Swim suit

Waterproof boots


Insect repellent


Enthusiastic Attitude!

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take I-75 North to exit 306 for GA-140 W
Turn left onto GA-140 W/Folsom Rd SE, follow for 16.0 miles
Turn right onto GA-1 N/US-27 N, follow for 13.9 miles
Turn left onto GA-48 W, follow for 12.6 miles
(Entering Alabama)
GA-48 W becomes AL-117
Continue onto AL-117 N for 10.4 miles
Turn right onto AL-117 N/AL-7/US-11 N, follow for 0.1 miles
Take the 1st left onto AL-117 N/AL-40 W, follow for 23.9 miles
Turn right onto AL-35 N/Veterans Dr, follow for 4.3 miles
Turn left onto E Willow St, follow for 4.5 miles
Turn right onto AL-79 N, follow for 21.2 miles
Trail head will be on left

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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