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Fitness DEFY'd Hiking Club: Walls of Jericho

  • Fitness DEFY'd 1800 Jordan Lane Northwest Huntsville, AL, 35816 United States (map)

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The Grand Canyon of the South: Walls Of Jericho

The Walls of Jericho are in Jackson County, Alabama about 25 miles northwest of Scottsboro. There are 10 miles of horse trails and 3.5 miles of hiking trails. Both lead into the gorge. A tent-only camping area is available at the bottom. The hike is about 3.5 miles in length, one-way, and is downhill most of the route into the gorge. That, of course, means the walk back will be mostly uphill. It is a strenuous hike, so visitors should wear comfortable hiking shoes and take plenty of water and snacks. 

The Walls of Jericho in Jackson County, Alabama, is being called “The Grand Canyon of the South.” More than 10,000 hikers, amateur photographers, birdwatchers and horseback riders have explored this natural marvel since it opened in August 2004. 

Visitors are drawn to the grandeur of the narrow gorge. You can travel to the bottom of its 50-yard-wide limestone bowl and look up at 200-foot-tall cliffs on each side. In a heavy rain, water shoots out of holes and cracks in the rock.