Hike where Davy Crockett once did at Walls of Jericho

Check out spring fed rivers, caves, natural rock formations, and waterfalls at the Walls of Jericho Guided Hike on Saturday. {Photo Provided}

The Paint Rock River flows to your left as a Ruffed Grouse ducks behind a large Eastern Red Cedar. You can hear – but not yet see – a waterfall and smell the mossy, earthy dirt of a hidden cave. Legend holds that Davy Crockett once hunted these grounds and maybe stood exactly where you are standing. This will be the scene on Saturday, March 14 during a guided hike at the Walls of Jericho located along the Tennessee, Alabama line near Franklin County. Click here for complete details.

Originally owned by Texas oil magnate Harry Lee Center, the Nature Conservancy purchased the land in 2004. It now exists as 21,543 acres of protected land with history dating back to the 1700’s. According to area historians, Davy Crockett once explored the land when his family owned property nearby. In the 1800’s, a traveling preacher who performed baptisms in the Turkey Creek gave the area its biblical name.

It’s a picturesque piece of property with several unique features. The area contains the highest concentration of caves in the U.S. It’s also home to dozens of waterfalls nestled along gorgeous rocky bluffs. The “walls” are the result of the large, bowl-shaped natural amphitheater that gives rise to steep, 200-foot sheer rock walls.

The guided hike takes place on March 14 beginning at 8 a.m. Hikers should meet at the Walls of Jericho trailhead located at Estillfork, Alabama about 45 minutes from Franklin County. The estimated seven mile hike can be challenging. Leashed dogs are welcome. You can anticipate spring fed rivers, caves, natural rock formations, and waterfalls. Guides will also discuss Speleogenesis (cave formation) and offer both a day or overnight hike option.

There is a chance of heavy rain on Saturday. You can monitor the event’s Facebook page for up-to-the-event information or find a ticket link. •

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