In the Warrior Mountains of the Bankhead National Forest in northwest Alabama, layers of human history mingle with the last 10,000 years or so of natural history. This is evident in varying ways throughout the forest. The relatively flat land and limestone creeks and springs of the northeast corner of what is now Bankhead National Forest made it attractive to European settlers who farmed the area beginning about 200 years ago. One of these settler families were ancestors of Wild South volunteer Robert Howell.
A tributary of Flint Creek runs through Wiggins Hollow, this time of year reflecting the glowing colors of fall leaves. Flint Creek and its tributaries are part of the Flint Creek Botanical Area, and in the springtime the wildflowers are astonishingly abundant and diverse. One of the largest patches of Horsetail in the forest grows on the bank of the creek.
Robert’s personal and deep family connection with Wiggins Hollow will enrich hikers’ experience of the natural beauty and interesting botanical features.