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Free guided wildflower hike on Rainbow Mountain in Madison, AL (April 12, 2014)

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The Land Trust of North Alabama continues their Spring Guided Hikes Series on Saturday, April 12th, with a hike on Rainbow Mountain that focuses on wildflowers and a visit to the famous Balance Rock. Doug Horacek, an active member of the Sierra Club, the Wildflower Society, and the North Alabama Land Trust, will lead this hike.

According to Madison Greenway & Trails, Inc.,

The rapid development of Madison has left very few natural areas. Rainbow Mountain is quickly becoming an island of the last indigenous fauna and flora in Madison. Spring and summer flowers are abundant and easily photographed. Some of the larger animals seen on the mountain are wild turkey, coyote, red-tailed hawk, great horned owl, fox, rabbit; and groundhog. Reptiles range from the eastern box turtle to tree lizards. Amphibious salamanders live in the springs. Redbuds, dogwoods, maples, buckthorns, oaks, and many other species of trees can be found.

The guided hike is approximately 3 miles long.

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WHAT: Spring Guided Hikes Series: Wildflower Stroll on Rainbow Mountain in Madison

WHO: Suitable for all ages and rated easy-to-moderate. Some reports list the trail as rocky; others contribute the difficulty to elevation gain.

WHY: You want to learn more about local wildflowers. You like hiking. You enjoy the company of others.

WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Cancelled for rain. (Verify cancellation via the Land Trust of North Alabama’s website or Facebook page.)

WHERE: From HWY 72 (University Drive); turn south onto Hughes Road (in Madison), left onto Thomas Drive, left onto Concord, and then right onto Stoneway Trail. At the T-intersection, bear right and follow Stoneway Trail to the water tower (app. 0.6 miles). The Land Trust parking area is at the base of the water tower. (For Google Maps directions, use: 201 Stoneway Trail, Madison, AL.)

HOW: Free to the public, but donations are encouraged. The Land Trust suggests long pants, comfortable shoes with good tread, and bottled water, and writes that you might also want to bring a hiking stick, trail snacks, and a camera. “Well-behaved dogs are welcome but should remain on leads.”

FOR MORE INFO: Visit Land Trust of North Alabama online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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