Sandstone Glade Exploration, Bankhead National Forest, August 25
Corinth Glade, Bankhead National Forest
Saturday, August 25
8:35 a.m. at the Wild South office, 552 Lawrence Street, Moulton, Alabama
Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-9744-6166.
Leader and teacher: Kevin England, botanist and Wild South volunteer
Distance: The several-acre glade site is located on the road so this is technically not a hike. We will be walking around on the glade looking at plants and trees.
Level of challenge: Moderately easy.
All ages welcome.
Spend a morning exploring the Corinth glade, one of Bankhead National Forest’s most unique eco-systems!
Beginning at 8:45 a.m. at the Wild South office, Kevin will give a brief PowerPoint introduction to the glade and the research work he is doing there. Please arrive before 8:45.
The group will then carpool to the Corinth glade which is near the entrance to Corinth Recreation Area east of Double Springs, Alabama, in the southern part of Bankhead National Forest.
Kevin’s teaching will cover different aspects of the overall glade ecology including primary succession to upland oak-pine forest, plant/animal interactions (pollinators, etc.), overall species biodiversity, and the management and restoration efforts.
Kevin says, “This glade is one of the best examples, mainly because it has the most complete inventory/assessment of all the glades that I am working on, and great examples of current restoration/management efforts.” Wild South is partnering with the Bankhead District of the Forest Service to restore the Corinth glade and other sandstone and limestone glades.
Bring a small daypack with drinking water, snacks, lunch (or plan to eat at one of the local restaurants), or a cooler with food since we will be close to our cars. Other items: notebook and pen, hat, field guide to plants, camera.
The glade is an expanse of sandstone with small patches of vegetation and some brushy areas. The footing is uneven and sloped in places but mostly flat. The rocks can be very slick if there has been rain, so make sure footwear has good tread for slippery and uneven terrain.
Dogs and smoking are not allowed on this hike.
If it is more convenient to meet the group at the site instead of coming to Moulton, ask for directions, if needed, when signing up.
Wild South’s hikes and educational programs are free of charge but donations to support our programs are gratefully accepted!