Shoals Environmental Alliance: Waterfall Branch Wildflower Hike

Waterfall Branch Wildflower Hike

Led by Charles Rose.

Sponsored by Fresh Air Family and Shoals Environmental Alliance.

Free to the public, but you must register. 

Group size will be limited to 10. 

To register or get more info, contact Charles Rose at chuckrivers@comcast.netor 256-366-1937.

Registering is easy; all we need is:
1. Your name.
2. The number of people in your party.
3. A contact phone number, preferably a cell phone.

Meet 10:00am at The Coldwater Mill Restaurant, 814 US-72 W, Tuscumbia, AL 35674.
Park on the east side of the building. (This was formerly the Rocking Chair Restaurant.)

No children under 12.

Moderately rigorous hike. Distance covered indeterminate. At times the going might be a little rough.  There will be some off-trail walking, including steep grades, downed trees & stream crossings.

This hike is in a beautiful canyon in Colbert County, along Waterfall Branch in the Cane Creek watershed. Of interest are a 90-ft. waterfall, sandstone rock shelters & bluffs, Big Leaf Magnolias and a great variety of native flora, including several lesser seen wildflower species, such as French’s Shooting Star, Yellow Ladies Slipper, Showy Orchis and Yellow Mandarin.

Bring lunch, water and snacks. Wear hiking boots or other sturdy footwear.

Long pants, walking stick, a change of socks & insect repellent are advised.

Google Map for The Coldwater Mill Restaurant
https://goo.gl/maps/TEuPbTeaWNo
Directions

From Birmingham: 
Take I-65 N for app. 50 miles to Cullman.
Take the AL-157 exit (Exit 310).
At the end of the ramp, turn left onto AL-157 N (toward Moulton).
Continue on AL-157 for app. 55 miles, passing through Moulton, AL on the way.
Merging with AL-20 W (alt US-72 W), continue for another 4.3 miles into Muscle Shoals, AL.
At the large intersection with US-43 (where AL-157 & AL-20 turn right), continue straight onto US-72 W.
Go 2.4 miles on US-72 W.
The Coldwater Mill Restaurant will be on the right, just past the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, on the left.

From Huntsville: 
Take I-565 W.
I-565 will become AL-20 W.
Continue on AL-20 W as it crosses the Tennessee River into Decatur.
On the other side of the bridge, AL-20 immediately turns right at the light.
Continue app. 40 miles more on AL-20 W to Muscle Shoals, AL.
At the large intersection with US-43 (where AL-20 W turns right), continue straight onto US-72 W.
Go 2.4 miles on US-72 W.
The Coldwater Mill Restaurant will be on the right, just past the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, on the left.

From US-43 (Woodward Ave.) in Muscle Shoals: 
Go 2.4 miles on US-72 W.
The Coldwater Mill Restaurant will be on the right, just past the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, on the left.