By Patricia Stenger Sharpe
A needs to for each severe walker, this useful pocket guidie presents details at the many mountain climbing trails to be had within the scenic country of Alabama. An avid hiker herself, Pat Sharpe has been there, is aware the terrain, the vegetation and the fauna, the pitfalls . . . and the astonishing fantastic thing about the kingdom skilled from it climbing trails.
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While I could not always recommend certain trails I ventured upon, I have no reservations about the people I met. I wish to thank my intrepid hiking companions: my husband, Mike, Gene Boyle, Sandra Stenger, Prissy and Larry Burrus, Barbara Malcom, Greg Messer, Joe Stenger, Margie MacGregor, Walt Williams, Tommy Cantrell, Darla and Ken Bostick, John and Lisa Montoya, Karen Newton, Brian Johnson, Keith Childers, and our friend from "down under," Ian Bilney. S. Forest Service; my copy editor, Trinket Shaw; and the staff at The University of Alabama Press.
Like FST 201, this terrain is the higher forestland of the wilderness area, much different from the wet canyons that characterize the river bottoms. The trail follows the old logging road to Johnson Cemetery, which inters some turn-of-the-century residents of the county. 5 miles, the trail winds along the ridge through large stands of hardwoods, with deadfalls and poison ivy the only annoy- Page 18 ances. 25 mile from the Sipsey River and continues down to ford the river and join FST 209. 4 miles (plus 2-mile hike in along the road) Description: This easy trail begins on the northeast side of the wilderness area off FS 224 (Bunyan Hill Road).
The over 25,000-acre area features an unusual variety in topography, lying as it does at the intersection of the Cumberland section of the Appalachian Plateau and the Gulf Coastal Plain. This variety also exists in the vegetation to be found in the canyons and ridges of the Sipsey, where large numbers of mosses, wildflowers, grasses, and ferns flourish. Hiking trails here exhibit this same variation, and though most are well marked and frequently traveled, all offer some physical challenge through this heavily forested and rugged country.
Alabama Trails by Patricia Stenger Sharpe