Backpacking at Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve, Tuscumbia, AL

  • 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:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Cane-Creek-Canyon-Nature-Preserve/126802417335447
http://schuffertstudios.com/catalog/Misc/CaneCreekPreserve.pdf

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  • steve s.

    Great trip beauiful place. I enjoyed the hike and making new friends.

    March 14, 2013

  • Kimber B.

    great time.. thanks for organizing Deena, good to meet all and hope to see you on on another sometime.. Kimber

    March 12, 2013

  • Bryan

    I have uploaded a few pictures to the event photo album or for a slideshow of more pictures, you can follow this link: http://www.flickr.com//photos/l...­ (You may need to cut and paste it.)

    Thanks Deena for leading a great trip. I'll have to do it again.

    March 11, 2013

  • Keith W.

    Cane Creek Canyon was a beautiful location for a backpack, and I enjoyed seeing old friends, and making new ones.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good MORNING, Backpackers! See you in a few! It will be warm today.....don't forget your sunscreen and bug repellent.

    March 9, 2013

  • Keith W.

    Hello Bryan and Faith,
    Would you like to carpool from Franklin? We could meet at the Cracker Barrel on Murfreesboro Road/HWY-96, in Franklin, at 7:00 AM.

    March 8, 2013

    • Bryan

      No. Thanks though. I will have my dog and I am meeting another group Sunday.

      March 8, 2013

  • Alan F.

    deena, have you obtained new socks yet? i will be in memphis this weekend, visiting family. any good trails within a 30 minute drive of germantown?

    March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh yeah! I have new socks, and then some. I wonder if they make fireproof socks?

      March 5, 2013

    • Keith W.

      Word is, you fire walk in your socks. Is that so?

      March 8, 2013

  • Kimber B.

    I'll go straight to the preserve.. celll[masked]

    March 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If we get lost getting in there, I'll be texting you!!! :)

      March 8, 2013

  • Mary C.

    Sorry I still have too much to do at home :-(

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll meet ya'll on Saturday at the Coldwater Inn in Tuscumbia at 9;45. If you are going on to the preserve, let us know, so we aren't waiting for you at the Inn! The weather is going to be perfect!
    Posting my cell phone again if you need me -[masked]

    March 6, 2013

  • Jane Werner H.

    Hi folks! Is this for a refurbished hiker? Did a fair amount way back but just went to the Backpacker 101 and realize I need alot of upgrade in equipment, but feel I could manage. Let me know and if not this time Ill catch you all the next!

    March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It is an easy hike in to the backpacking camp - just 2 miles, so probably would be fine. As of now, there is a wait list, but if someone drops out, you 'd be first in line!

      March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We will do another easy backpacking trip in April, so stay tuned! Also a pretty easy one to Piney River on Cumberland trail the following weekend ( just 3 mile in to camp) - look on calendar for the details. It's the 16th/17th. It has spots open.

      March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yeah! Faith is in! Guess what, girl? I just found the most awesome "Sock" Monkey hat for the trip. Can't wait.

    March 2, 2013

  • Keith W.

    I backpacked here two years ago. It is very beautiful! The owners brought homegrown watermelons to our campsite!

    March 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      They are so sweet! Last time I went there to backpack by myself, they insisted on taking all my gear to the site on their four wheeler! I stayed and talked to them at their house for hours before leaving. Such a magical place!

      1 · March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just found out that our backcountry site has a brand new privy, and a water cooler full of fresh, clean water for our enjoyment that they put out for us. Now I can drink all I want, and not have to squat in the woods. I'm so happy. Almost feels like "cheat-packing". :)

    March 1, 2013

  • Kimber B.

    I have an AWSOME saw and will bring.. Kimber

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone have a small handsaw/backpacking saw? The owner of the property usually provides us the wood. He said he thinks he has plenty at our site, but he is having hernia surgery next week, and can't cut more. There are lots of blow downs, but we will need to cut them. Someone bring a small saw, k?

    February 27, 2013

    • Bryan

      I'll try to scrounge up my saw this weekend and bring it with me.

      February 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      THX!

      February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's the plan for the Cane Creek Trip:

    We will meet Saturday morning at 9:45 in Tuscumbia, AL at the
    Coldwater INN
    712 Hwy 72 West, 35674
    We will caravan from here to the Preserve

    It's about 2 1/2 hours from Nashville
    Anyone interested in carpooling is encouraged to post a reply here, but arrangements are up to each individual

    If you need directions to the Preserve:
    251 Loop Road Tuscumbia, AL 35674

    My cell number is[masked]

    February 26, 2013

    • Laurel

      I'm going to have to cancel have to work Sun evening doesn't sound like we will be back in time

      February 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awwww! Sorry to hear that. Hope to meet up with you on another hike!

      February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a joint meetup with the Southern Backpackers, and they have a wait list for this. SOOOOOOOO, if you can't go, please change your rsvp as soon as you know, so those waiting can get in. Thanks!

    February 25, 2013

  • Joe S.

    Going to play golf, and let my wife do this one without me. Sorry, hon.

    February 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's o.k. We'd just fight over the covers anyway. I'll bring the dog. :)

      February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So excited about this trip! If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Just a couple of weeks away! I have extra gear if anyone needs....two ladies backpacks, 2 extra sleeping pads, extra sleeping bag, and have 2 water filtration systems, and two stoves. So.....don't feel you have to buy anything if you don't already own it. We will have enough stuff between us.

    February 21, 2013

  • Kimber B.

    Hi Deena -- hope you've been doing well... description said 6 spots, but RSVP was allowing two more.. I'm ok with being on wait list if 6 was indeed the limit.. just let me know.

    Kimber

    February 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello Kimber! Long time no see! Great to hear from you. Thanks for pointing that out. It is 8 spots. I had to look and see where I had put the limit of six! I see it know - oops! Please join us!

      February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all! Eric from our Southern Backpackers meetup, who is an astronomer, told me that on the night of our Alabama trip, a comet will be viewable in the sunset! ( " The PanSTARRS comet"). If our campsite has a great, low view of the eastern horizon at sunset, we can look for it - or find a good spot to! Pretty cool, huh?

    1 · February 20, 2013

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