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Walls of Jericho, Hytop, AL - Alabama, United States

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The Walls of Jericho is a 'must do" hike in North Alabama.   In the past this was a destination known ownly to the local folks who would drive the precarious road in four wheel drive up to the Walls.  Today it is a heavily visited site with good reason for a multitude of hikers.  The area is part of a large multi- use wilderness area on top of Cumberland Mountain just north of Hytop, Alabama which was dedicated in 2004. 

Known as the "Grand Canyon of the South" it actually reminded me more of a mini Yosemite with the grassy valley along Hurricane Creek and the steep walls reminding me of El Cap.  Impressive rock walls are seen the whole length of the trail with sink holes and caves to boot.  The actual Walls are impressive with lovely falls.  The rock features of the dry waterfall and dry pools are worth the short climb up to see them.
Tips:

This is a strenuous trail with almost 2,500 foot elevation change.  I would not recommend the trail if you are not in reasonably good shape.  The trail is well marked.  The only confusion I had was at the old cemetary.  There is a south rim trail that goes to the top of the canyon.  The trail to the bottom of the walls where most people go is to the right of the fenced off cemetary.  The path there is well worn and should be visible.

 

Also be aware that there are two parking lots.  One for horses and ATV riders and one for hikers.  The hiker's parking lot is north of the horse trail entrance.  The hiking trail is red blazes so if you find your self on the yellow blaze trail you are on the wrong trail.

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Walls of Jericho, Hiking North Alabama, Jackson County Alabama hiking, Alabama hiking
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Trip Info
October 22, 2011
Trip Location: Hytop, Alabama, United States
Length: 6.6 miles
Duration: 3 hours
Activity: Hiking
Trip viewed 606 times
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