Lauderdale County, Alabama
A $100,000 grant from the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund in 2002 helped save the 298-acre Shoal Creek Preserve Tract in Lauderdale County, Alabama, from potential development. Located approximately 7 miles north of Florence, this nature preserve offers opportunities for low-impact outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, bird watching, photography and nature study. A variety of plant and animal species make their home in the diverse habitats across the preserve, in fields, mature upland hardwood forests, and scenic creek bottoms. Besides Shoal Creek, other waterways on the property include Indian Camp Creek, Lawson Creek, and Jones Branch. The preserve is managed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which contributed funds from the State's Forever Wild program to help acquire this property and ensure its protection.
Photo: Shoal Creek Preserve's Red Trail in Winter
– Daniel Spurgeon