Welcome!

The blitz officially begins Friday morning at 6:00 AM and wraps up Saturday at 6:00 PM. More information can be found at the Little River Canyon Center (472 AL Hwy 35, Fort Payne). There is free Wi-Fi in the Center where participants can sync observations if they choose to not do so in the field. There will also be a table with field guides to help you key out your observations.

Friday night, we will be black-lighting for insects as well as night hiking along the river down at Canyon Mouth Park from 7:00 to ~10:00. Participants can meet at the Canyon Center to carpool, or just meet us down there. The gates will be open and there is no charge.

We only have two hikes scheduled on Saturday….one at 8:00am and the other at 12:00pm. Both hikes are on the DeSoto Scout Trail, just different segments. Meet at the Canyon Center at the designated times and participants need to carpool and high clearance vehicle is needed. The hikes are strenuous, so take plenty of water and wear the appropriate shoes/clothing. Please note, there will be lots of poisonous ivy, so be aware.

If you want a more simple hike, try Beaver Pond Trail or the Bridge Trail or even the trail down at Canyon Mouth Park that follows the river where it meets Johnnie’s Creek. These are easy hiking and you can document plants and animals along the way. For a bigger adventure, try Powell, Eberhart, or Lower Two-Mile Trails that take down into the belly of the mountain to the river below. They are strenuous hikes, but worth the effort.

Be sure to bring lots of water & snacks, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Also, pack a lunch for your trek. Be prepared for hiking in woodlands, wading the river & streams, and/or sloshing through a wetland, so in addition to your hiking boots, you may want to bring river sandals and rubber boots too!

Posted by maryshew maryshew, May 14, 2019 23:05

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