Walls of Jericho

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    Walls of Jericho

    ••• © 2007 Jean Brandau licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Beautiful Scenery But Difficult Hike

    The Walls of Jericho is made up of 21,453 acres straddling the Tennessee-Alabama border used for preservation as a wilderness and recreation area. The Ranger informed us that the hike down and back would take close to six hours.

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    Shortly after the Walls of Jericho Tract was re-opened to the public, my sister and I found ourselves in the vicinity and decided to check it out, take a few pictures and "stroll" down the trail. The Walls of Jericho is made up of 21,453 acres straddling the Tennessee-Alabama border used for preservation as a wilderness and recreation area. The Walls of Jericho has hiking trails and horse trails. Both lead into the gorge. A tent-only camping area is available at the bottom.

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    Walls of Jericho

    ••• © 2007 Jean Brandau licensed to About.com, Inc.

    It was a beautiful day and the trail looked clear and smooth. It didn't take us long, though, to realize we were out of our element. The Ranger informed us that the hike down and back would take close to six hours!

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    Walls of Jericho

    ••• Photo courtesy of Joe Fehrenbach.

    Mike Dalen gave me this advice about the Walls of Jericho Hike: "It is a long hike but if you are in decent condition and take it slow you can make it. Total distance is about 7 miles round trip. But it is no mall walk. It would be like starting on top of Monte Sano and hiking to the bottom. Then hike 3 or 4 miles on relatively flat but rocky trails. And finally, hike back up to the top of Monte Sano. You should allow 5-6 hours for the hike, wear hiking shoes, and bring 2 or 3 liters of water per person. And some snacks for fuel.

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    Walls of Jericho

    ••• Photo courtesy of Joe Fehrenbach.

    This hike is for experienced hikers in great shape....you won't see me in any of these photos!

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    Walls of Jericho

    ••• Photo courtesy of Joe Fehrenbach

    The Walls of Jericho were named for a bowl-shaped canyon of rock that shoots water out of holes and cracks in the rock wall during heavy rains. It is part of a 60,000 acre tract once owned by Texas oil baron Henry Lee Carter. When he died in 1977, the Walls of Jericho were sold and closed to visitors.

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    ••• Walls of Jericho. Photo courtesy of Joe Fehrenbach

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    ••• Photo courtesy of Joe Fehrenbach

    The Walls of Jericho includes the headwaters of the Paint Rock River, which is home to 17 varieties of rare mussels. Two of them are found nowhere else but the Paint Rock River watershed.

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    Walls of Jericho

    ••• Photo courtesy of James Blackwood & Russ Huffman.

    This cave at Walls of Jericho that is only accessible when the water level is down.

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    ••• Cave at Walls of Jericho. Photo courtesy of James Blackwood & Russ Huffman

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    ••• Cave Opening at Walls of Jericho. Photo courtesy of James Blackwood & Russ Huffman

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    ••• Relaxing Inside Cave at Walls of Jericho. Photo courtesy of James Blackwood & Russ Huffman

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    ••• Inside Look at Cave at Walls of Jericho. Photo courtesy of James Blackwood & Russ Huffman

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    ••• Cave at Walls of Jericho. Photo courtesy of James Blackwood & Russ Huffman

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    ••• Cave at Walls of Jericho. Photo courtesy of James Blackwood & Russ Huffman

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    ••• It's a Tight Squeeze Inside the Cave at Walls of Jericho. Photo courtesy of James Blackwood & Russ Huffman

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    ••• Cave at Walls of Jericho. Photo courtesy of James Blackwood & Russ Huffman

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    ••• Another View of Cave at Walls of Jericho. Photo courtesy of Joe Fehrenbach

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    ••• Walls of Jericho. Photo courtesy of Joe Fehrenbach

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    Walls of Jericho

    ••• Photo courtesy of Joe Fehrenbach

    This breathtaking view is your reward for making the long hike down to The Walls of Jericho.

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    ••• The Walls of Jericho hike means the walk back will be mostly uphill. The trail is well marked but often is muddy for days after a rain shower. Photo courtesy of Joe Fehrenbach

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    ••• Another gorgeous view of Walls of Jericho. Photo courtesy of Joe Fehrenbach

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