Alabama Trails by Patricia Stenger Sharpe

By Patricia Stenger Sharpe

A needs to for each critical walker, this convenient pocket guidie presents details at the many climbing trails to be had within the scenic nation of Alabama. An avid hiker herself, Pat Sharpe has been there, is familiar with the terrain, the plant life and the fauna, the pitfalls . . . and the staggering fantastic thing about the kingdom skilled from it mountaineering trails. 

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Upon completion, this trail will be one of the South's longest and most scenic, stretching from Noccalula Falls in Gadsden, continuing across the northwestern corner of Georgia, and concluding some 100 miles north atop Chattanooga's Lookout Mountain at the Chickamauga National Military Park. Hikers visiting the trail will find unusual rock formations, striking panoramic views, cascading waterfalls, some plants that are found only in this area of the state, and the small animal life that characterizes northern Alabama.

Hiking here has as much diversity as the ecology. " Other facilities include the lodge restaurant and gift shop, tennis courts, swimming pool, golf course pro shop, basketball and volleyball courts, boat-launching ramps, camp store, and picnic pavilions. M. Lake Guntersville State Park is located off Alabama (AL) 227, 6 miles northeast of the city of Guntersville. Topos: Columbus City, Albertville, Grove Oak 1:24,000 Lickskillet Trail Lenght: 3 miles to Town Creek fishing camp 12 miles to Buck's Pocket State Park Description: Lickskillet Trail begins opposite the campground store on the park's service road.

Noxious plants are found at some point along almost every trail in the state, the most unwelcome of these being poison ivy. Many an outing has been ruined 24 to 48 hours later by the bumps, redness, and persistent itch that may go on for days and weeks afterward. The discomfort is caused by the resin, urushiol, that adheres to the skin when plants of the genus Rhus are bumped or damaged. Most woodland travelers are soon able to recognize the trailing vine that branches in clusters of three oakleaf-shaped leaves.

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