Walls of Jericho

by Mike


Wall of Jericho State Park

Wall of Jericho State Park

The Walls of Jericho is and interesting cut in the limestone mountains of North Alabama. The Paint Rock river bubbles out of a cave surrounded by limestone cliffs called the Walls of Jericho.

 

The cove is accessed from Hwy 79 just north of Hytop, Al and just south of the Tennessee line. There is a nice gravel parking area and primitive camping area just off the highway.

The trail descends in to the canyon sometime gradually and sometimes rather steeply. There are many interesting rock formations along the way. There are also numerous chimneys and sinkholes to explore and to beware of.

Janice peeking out of a hole in a rock

Janice peeking out of a hole in a rock

About two miles in the is a large sinkhole that you can explore. There appears to be a cave entrance here.

Mike and Smash as seen from the bottom of a sink hole

Mike and Smash as seen from the bottom of a sink hole

After passing the Clark cemetery the trail becomes very narrow and slick. This is the entrance in to the canyon as well.

The canyon walls are stark and steep.

The canyon walls are stark and steep.

After another half mile of narrow slippery trails, you get to the real beauty of the Walls of Jericho.

There is a very pretty water fall at what looks like the end of the canyon. However, you have to go around the bend. Just around the bend, is where the Paint Rock river flows out of a cut in the rock wall. There is also a huge rock overhang.

Waterfall at the Walls of Jericho

Waterfall at the Walls of Jericho

Janice and Smash looking out from the Walls of Jericho

Janice and Smash looking out from the Walls of Jericho

The hike back out was very tiring. It is up hill all the way. And who knew Smash had a little trick up his sleeve?

What is this dog planning?

What is this dog planning?

For Smash’s addition to the adventure, see my-dog-smash.blogspot.com

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2 Responses to “Walls of Jericho”

  1. Aaron says:

    Everyday afternoon and after midnight, when I first pick up my cell phone or look at my clock, the time is 12:34. This been going on for years. I thought that I was the only person that experienced this phenomena. Also, for about 8 years, every time I glanced at my clock, the time is 4:44.

  2. Glenn says:

    The same happens to me. There are several clock times at which I am compelled to look at a clock. The most common is 3:14… the first three numerals in “pi”. For one year as a teenager, I awoke and looked at my clock at precisely 10:00 am EVERY day. Yes, I know, that is late, but it’s true.

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