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Walls of Jericho

The Walls of Jericho are a canyon on the Alabama/Tennessee border that contain a few cascades and a 35-foot waterfall. Getting to the falls requires a 6-mile round trip hike starting at an elevation of over 1700 feet at the trailhead along Alabama state highway 79 north of Hytop. The trail almost immediately begins descending into the canyon, losing about 1000 feet to an elevation of over 700 feet at the bottom of the canyon. The descent is fairly moderate but continuous, with no up/down sections.

At the bottom of the canyon a narrow footbridge made of a single tree takes you across Hurricane Mill Creek. The trail continues through the bottomlands for a short distance, crosses Turkey Creek, and passes primitive camping areas before continuing on up along Turkey Creek. There isn't a lot of elevation change along the this section of the trail, but there is a bit of climbing and some descending before you arrive at the Walls of Jericho.

The trail ends just prior to the Walls proper,…