Join your hiking mates for a journey to one of Tennessee’s (and Alabama’s) most popular trail systems: The Walls of Jericho. The trail descends nearly 1.5 miles and 1,000 feet of elevation to a confluence of creeks, then follows the moderately up and down creek side path for another 1.5 miles to the one of a kind rock amphitheater and finally climbs up to a (seasonal) 20 foot plunge waterfall. On the return route, we have the option to check out a small two chamber cave entrance that is easily accessible from the main trail.
Carpool Time: 8:00 AM CT. O’Charley’s Restaurant, 820 Expo Drive, Smyrna TN at Sam Ridley Pkwy West, Exit 66A off I-24. It takes approximately 1 hr 35 min one-way to the Alabama trail head parking lot. Trail head location:[masked], [masked] . Estillfork, AL 35745
Hike Distance & Time: ~7.5 miles roundtrip. Total hike time: 4 to 5 hours.
WHO SHOULD GO? This hike is strenuous due to the uphill return and fairly rugged in places with plenty of uneven terrain, and under muddy conditions quite hazardous in limited stretches. If you are comfortable with those elements across a 7 mile hike, then come along!
DRIVE TIME: About 1 hour 35 minute, 1-way from first carpool. Drivers and riders are typically determined on the morning of the hike in the parking lot. Carpool drivers assume the bulk of the cost for using their vehicles. An appropriate amount to give your driver is $10 to $15 per passenger, depending on the number of passengers. Gas is about $2.29/gallon as of this writing.
HIKE PACE: about 3.5 based on the scale below:
1- Leisurely Stroll
4- Faster than average
Additional Adventure Notes:
Kids under 13 who can handle the rugged terrain must be accompanied by parent(s) or guardian(s).
No dogs allowed… but if you are willingly to keep your dog on leash (state law) at all times, then you can try to convince me prior to RSVP’ing to the event.
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