Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve Wildflower/Waterfall Hike , Tuscumbia, AL -THE WILDFLOWWERS ARE AT THEIR PEAK! This is a deep canyon and a VERY HEFTY CLIMB OUT - IT IS TOUGH for this old fat man! If you haven't hiked at least 5 miles with lots of hills lately - this hike is NOT for you!
Bring your camera - there will be plenty of time to photograph the plants. Plan on a long day hiking 8 miles. Probably won't be back before dark. Bring snacks, lunch and plenty of water. Those carpooling/caravanning with me - we will stop for a fast food breakfast on the way. If the group desires we will stop for dinner on the way home...
Cane Creek Canyon Preserve is a privately owned property in northwest Alabama that protects a diverse set of habitats including steep canyons, rockhouses, karst forests, bogs, waterfalls, and creek sides; all supporting an equally diverse flora. We expect to see an impressive number of spring ephemerals such as large yellow lady’s slipper, several azaleas, trilliums, and other species we recognize as being associated with the Cumberland Plateau.
I will be departing the Arlington Visitor's Center at 7:30 sharp for anyone wishing to carpool/caravan from there. Or you meet at the Yogi's Texaco at 17750 US 72 at 10am - and caravan over to the hike location. Feel free to set up other carpools/caravans. We will be setting up a shuttle as we will hike in one entrance and come out at another.
Difficulty: moderate, may be some steep sections and wet areas.
Facilities: There are clean porta-potties onsite and they actually provide coolers of water placed around the property - the Lacefield's home is off limits!
Here are two good websites with more info:
REMEMBER WE HAVE A SCHEDULE TO KEEP AND OTHER PARTICIPANTS MAY BE MEETING US AT ANOTHER LOCATION!
Please be on-time! 150 miles, 3 hour drive from Bartlett to Tuscumbia, AL
DOGS: This is a NO DOG EVENT. Pets are NOT allowed on the property...
DRIVERS: Please arrive with a full tank of gas and be ready to go. Bathroom/food breaks are built into the schedule for trips over 1.5 hours (fast food 20 min).
RIDERS/CARPOOL PARTICIPANTS:Please contribute GENEROUSLY to the cost of fuel and the wear and tear on your driver’s vehicle. Base your contribution on what it would cost you to drive by yourself along with the wear and tear on your vehicle. Please do not eat in someone’s car and limit drinking to closed containers.
LIABILITY AND CONSENT OF WAIVER STATEMENT and RELEASE OF CLAIMS AND HOLD HARMLESSMENT AGREEMENT: Attending events by this Meetup/Outing is at your own risk. While organizers do everything they can to try to set up a safe event, accidents can/do happen and organizers cannot be held responsible otherwise no one would want to run any events. In the end, you are 100% responsible to your own safety and health and that of any guests you may bring. It is assumed that you are healthy and in good enough physical shape to be able to participate in an event. If you should question your health and your physical well being before any event, please do not attend. Organizers have the right to deny participation if anyone looks ill-prepared or unsure if they can keep up with the level of activity. In order to be prepared for hosted activities, you should bring at minimum plenty of water, food, sun screen, insect repellant, and common sense on every event. We require good-fitting shoes to be worn at all times while on the trails. By participating in this event, I release any and all rights and claims for damages, theft, injury and/or death against any leaders of this event, property owners, car poolers, and other participants and hold harmless said parties from any liability. I acknowledge the inherent dangers associated with such activities and accept responsibility for myself and my guests and understanding my/their abilities. I expect wet/slipper conditions, elevation changes, trail obstacles/trip hazards, wild animals/snakes/insects/poisonous plants, and other related hazards. If we are participating in another organizations’ event, you agree to abide by any rules, regulations, and courtesies they require.
If you have any questions about the level of skill required or about any event posted, please feel free to ask the organizer!
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