Join Wild South for a hike in the Bankhead National Forest!
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Leader: Carroll Wilson
Distance: 1.5 miles roundtrip, with a longer option
All ages welcome
Sign up here or at 256-974-6166. Advance sign-up is required.
Maxwell Creek is located in the northwest section of the Bankhead National Forest. The hike will begin at Camp Maxwell and proceed along a trail for about 2/3 mile then drop down into the canyon where there is a beautiful waterfall. Fall colors and the green of hemlock trees will make this canyon hike a joy for the senses! Those who wish to explore further will be led downstream on Maxwell Creek toward the confluence with Hubbard Creek.
Leader Carroll Wilson is a Wild South member, volunteer and Volunteer Wilderness Ranger. Carroll is a former instructor at McDowell Environmental Center (Camp McDowell) and is especially knowledgeable about all things botanical. Co-leader Grant Posey is also a Wild South member, volunteer and former Wild South board member. The Maxwell Creek area has been Grant’s family stomping grounds for several generations.
Be prepared: There will be some shallow, narrow creek crossings. Rocks will be slippery and there will be some brief climbs up creek banks and out of the canyon.
Bring a backpack with lunch, snacks, drinking water. Wear clothes layered for comfort and warmth and shoes that are sturdy with good tread for slippery rocks and creek banks. Sneakers and hiking boots are good choices. So are wool socks, which stay warm even when wet.
Meet-up directions: After signing up, meet at the Warrior Mountains Trading Company at 11312 AL Hwy. 33, Moulton, AL at 9:30 a.m. Park on the end of the building far away from the diesel pumps and come into the store. Promptly at 9:30 we will gather at the Wild South picnic table in the back of the store for a little chat before driving to the trailhead. We will return to the store by early to mid afternoon.
Wild South hikes are free of charge, but your donations help us to keep it all going! There will be a donation bucket on the Wild South table. All love offerings are gratefully accepted and are used to support our work in the Bankhead National Forest. Thank you!
Pictured above is our hiking group from October 27, when Wild South volunteer Robert Howell led hikers into Wiggins Hollow.