March 9, 2013 · 9:45 AM
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March is the time for waterfalls, early wildflowers and backpacking! This hike is on a private reserve, and I have been granted permission by the owners to backpack/camp. It is limited to 6 folks, and we will practice Leave No Trace principles. They have several nice backcountry campsites that they maintain, and they include very clean outhouses!! (no trowels for this trip!) They even bring in clean water and firewood for us......now that's what I call service! We'll decide as a group how much we want to hike that day. Quote from Huntsville Times article about Cane Creek Canyon Preserve: "Just south of Tuscumbia, Alabama is a large swath of wild streams, box canyons, waterfalls, rock shelters and sandstone bluffs remains nearly as pristine and wild as it did centuries ago" - this is one of those places that should not be missed. The Canyon hosts a large variety of wildflowers and is one of the major draws to the Preserve. Hikers and wildflower enthusiasts alike will enjoy the Boulder Garden that is a unique area where many wildflowers spring forth from the top surfaces of large boulders. Beginning in March, trout lily, lady’s slippers, yellow-fringed orchids and other wildflowers bloom and carpet the canyon. After a short hike with our packs in to the backcountry site, we will do a day-long multi-mile trek into the deep recesses of the canyon to the far end of the property and back. Spend an entire day gazing at waterfalls, rock formations, giant trees and rare wildflowers. This place is absolutely beautiful – I can’t wait. The backpacking will be easy-moderate, only 3 miles in to the campsite. The dayhiking will be more moderate-strenous, with lots of ups and downs, with up to 14 miles of trails to explore as we decide. More details will follow.
Here are two good websites with more info: