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The Walls of Jericho

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Belvidere, Tennessee, 37306

About The Walls of Jericho

The Walls of Jericho Hiking Trail

The Walls of Jericho is a 750-acre natural area that is within the 8,943-acre Bear Hollow Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA), which is contiguous to the Skyline WMA in Alabama. Both of the public lands on the Tennessee and Alabama side total 21,453 acres. The initiative to acquire this land was a lengthy project completed by The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee and Alabama. The natural area is approximately twelve miles south of Winchester in southern Franklin County. The southern boundary of the natural area follows the Alabama Tennessee state line where the actual “Walls of Jericho” is located.

The name Walls of Jericho refers to a narrow canyon, about a half-mile long, with 200-foot-high vertical limestone bluffs on each side. 

The area was established in 2006 and is owned by the State of Tennessee.

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How long is the Hike to Walls Of Jericho?


The Hike to Walls of Jericho is approximately 7.5 miles out and back beginning in the Belvedere TN area with an elevation gain of 1,427 feet.  The Walls Of Jericho Trail isn't highly trafficked, so you'll most likely have the natural experience to yourself.  The hike from the TN side tends to be a little more strenuous than the AL side.

What are the Walls of Jericho?

The “Walls” in Walls of Jericho is an impressive geological feature that forms a large bowl-shaped amphitheater. Embedded in the limestone are bowling ball size holes from which water drips and spouts, creating a unique water feature. This amphitheater gives rise to steep 200-foot sheer rock walls that create the natural feature defining the amphitheater. 


Turkey Creek drains through the “Walls” at the Walls of Jericho hiking trail and has been an active geological force in creating the amphitheater. The natural area forest is comprised of maples, oaks, hickories, tulip tree, American beech, eastern red cedar, and many other plants commonly associated with limestone. The forestland beyond the “Walls” feature is noteworthy with its many bluffs, large rock outcroppings, caves, and sinkholes.

Not only is the “Walls” significant as a geological feature, but the natural area is also important because of its biological richness.  The protection of Turkey Creek also helps protect downstream the Upper Paint Rock watershed where numerous rare mussel and fish species occur in the Paint Rock River.

Is the Hike to Walls of Jericho picturesque?


The Hike is very picturesque.  Make sure to bring regular hiking or supportive shoes.  And a pair of sandals that you can get wet when you go into streams or water.


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Company Details

Year Established
2006

Contact Information

Company Name
The Walls of Jericho
Location
Rowe Gap Rd
Follow signs to the trailhead
Belvidere, Tennessee, 37306
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