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11 January 2006
Join Pinhoti Trail Hike January 21

Randy Wilson
JSU News Bureau

Jacksonville State University Field Schools invite everyone to join the first hike of the season on Saturday, January 21, along the Shoal Creek portion of Alabama's longest hiking trail, the Pinhoti.

The hike will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will begin the hike at Coleman Lake and will end the day at Pink E. Burns Trailhead.

This is a moderately strenuous hike that will involve traversing mountain streams and ravines. It will feature a mosaic of longleaf pines, native wildlife, and other scenic vistas.

Jeff Gardner from the US Forestry Service (USFS) will teach hikers how to identify winter trees. Also joining the hike will be Chris Raney from JSU Field Schools and Keith Hudson of the Anniston Outdoor Association. They will lead hikers through one of the most diverse sections of the Talladega National Forest.

Be sure to check weather forecasts and dress accordingly -- layers are suggested. Bring a daypack with lunch, water, snacks, and a camera.

Participants will meet at the Pink E. Burns Cabin parking area in Rabbittown and transportation will be provided to Coleman Lake.

Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. This hike is not recommended for children under 10 unless they are conditioned for all day hikes.

For directions, to pre-register, or for more information, call Renee Morrison at (256) 782-5697 or send e-mail to

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