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March 3, 2018 Moulton: Hike with Wild South in the Bankhead National Forest

Hike with Wild South in the Bankhead National Forest

Saturday, March 3

9:30 a.m. at the Wild South office, 552 Lawrence Street, Moulton, Alabama

Sign up at janice@wildsouth.org or 256-974-6166. Advance sign-up is required.

Hike to Wiggins Hollow
Leader: Robert Howell
Distance: Approx. 3 miles roundtrip
Level of challenge: Moderate
All ages welcome

There is lots to see and learn on this hike, which will take place in the northeastern section of the Bankhead National Forest. Wiggins Hollow was the long-time land of hike leader Robert Howell’s family so Robert is knowledgeable of the history of the area. Robert is a volunteer hike leader, Helping Hands volunteer and volunteer wilderness ranger for Wild South.

Hikers will see springs, two waterfalls, perhaps a few early spring wildflowers, and cultural remains. It is a fairly easy hike with several stream crossings and a short uphill walk to the waterfalls.

There are no trails on this hike. Be prepared for walking through forest undergrowth and crossing narrow, shallow streams.

The Forest Service Road that leads into Wiggins Hollow for the last half mile is very rough and gullied. Higher clearance vehicles (SUV or pick up truck) are necessary. If you don’t have one, carpool from the office with someone who does, or hop in with someone upon arrival at the road.

Bring a backpack with lunch, snacks, water. A walking stick or trekking poles will be useful.

Wear clothing layered for winter hiking. Footwear needs to be sturdy, water-repellent, warm, with lug soles for reliable traction on slippery, muddy, rocky terrain. Wool socks are recommended. Watch the weather forecast and prepare accordingly.

Dogs on hikes: Only dogs that are well-behaved, peaceable, that get along well with other dogs and humans are welcome on Wild South hikes. Dogs must remain leashed and under owner’s control at all times.

After signing up, meet at the Wild South office, downtown Moulton, at 9:30 a.m.

Wild South hikes are free of charge but donations to our Alabama Outreach and Education Program, of which Bankhead and Sipsey hikes are a part, are gratefully accepted. There will be a donation bucket on the picnic table in the Wild South office. Thank you!