Walls of Jericho named one of the best hikes in America

Waterfall at the Walls of Jericho. Reader’s Digest has named the trail one of the top hikes in America – photo via alltrails.com

This fall, Readers Digest named Alabama’s Walls of Jericho one of the best hikes in America.

The “walls” which is a two hours and half  drive from Birmingham was listed as one of the best trails in America alongside  other iconic places to hike, including Mount Washington in New Hampshire and Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome.

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View along the hike to the Walls of Jericho – photo by Greg Harber

In 2003, The Nature Conservancy in Alabama helped preserve this special place by purchasing 12,500 acres in Alabama that included the Walls of Jericho. That land was later acquired by Alabama’s Forever Wild program. According to The Nature Conservancy, the Paint Rock River watershed where the Walls of Jericho resides is home to 100 species of fish and about 45 mussel species.

From Reader’s Digest description of the trail:

“The 6-mile out and back trail located near Hytop, Alabama, features a waterfall, and many footbridges and caves. The start of the hike descends 1,000 feet to the canyon floor, where rocks form a natural amphitheater around a pool fed by numerous streams and waterfalls. During the wet season, the trails can be treacherous so best to avoid the trail if there has been a recent rainstorm. Just upstream from the amphitheater is a camping area for those who wish to extend their Walls of Jericho experience.”

Photo via Alltrails.com

According to Alltrails.com, the best time to visit the Walls of Jericho is between March to October. The trail is rated difficult and there is a 1696 foot elevation gain. The trail is also notoriously “slick” when you have wet weather, so make sure to plan ahead and wear proper shoes.

Here is a link of a map to the trailhead:

Walls of Jericho directions

Learn More

To learn about one of Alabama’s most famous hikes and natural wonders, visit the state’s Forever Wild Program website.



Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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