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MAY 2017

2017 Hiker Series: Unfinished Bridges Hike

Date: May 27, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm (CST)

Where: Meet in the lobby of Little River Canyon Center- Fort Payne, Alabama (within 10 miles of DeSoto State Park) will caravan to trailhead

Free and open to the public; for details contact (256) 997-5025 or email

Join staff from the JSU Field School, DeSoto State Park, and the National Park Service for this exciting hike in our 2017 hiking series.  This hike will feature 2 of the "Unfinished bridges' and old culverts / road beds that the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps left unfinished in the early 1940's while developing DeSoto State Park.  
For this hike we will caravan to Road 5 in the Little River Wildlife Management Area, hike to the 1st unfinished bridge and then hit the trail to the 2nd, which spans Straight Creek.  We will come off the trail at Gilliam Loop trailhead and get a ride back to the vehicles.  Overall the hiking mileage will be around 3 1/2 to 4 miles.  Trail Difficulty: Moderate (some uneven terrain).
Things to Bring: Pleanty of water and / or sports drink, snacks / lunch, hiking poles / staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended).  Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures / weather.
Weather: As with all outdoor events, if it's raining / stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel.  If the weather is questionable, please check with the park before leaving home.  Please make every effort to arrive early or on time so that you do not hold up the group.  

For more information contact the JSU Field School office at (256) 845-3548 or (256) 782-8010

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