The SHOAL CREEK PRESERVE TRACT in Lauderdale County consists of approximately 298 acres. Habitats across the site include fallow fields, mature upland hardwood stands and scenic creek bottoms. Waterways consist of Indian Camp Creek, Lawson Creek, Jones Branch, and Shoal Creek. Management objectives are preserving natural plant and animal species and habitats, while providing opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, bird watching, photography and nature study. Motorized vehicles are only allowed in designated parking areas and access roads. The tract is located approximately 7 miles from Florence, AL and 3 miles north of the St Florian community. Access is via an unimproved road off Lauderdale County Road 61. The Shoal Creek Preserve Tract has two hiking trails; the Jones Branch Loop (2.4 miles) and the Lawson Branch Loop (1.8 miles). The Tract also has a 2.1 mile horseback riding trail.

We really enjoyed our family hike.

Beautiful and fun trail for a cool fall afternoon. Loud industrial (rocket) plant) sound nearby was a surprise but the scenery overcame the sound by far.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Great Trail for beginners and moderate difficulty riding. Roots will be a bit of a nuisance at first as will the narrow path between trees in some curved areas. But overall a great Trail to ride, when it is cut and cleared of down trees.

great time beautiful scenery

Well maintained

mountain biking
11 months ago

Trail flows very well. It's an enjoyable ride on a mountain bike. You do have to watch out for hikers on descents.

Very beautiful area. Found old car way back off on red trail

Monday, November 07, 2016

Easy trail with good markers. Halfway point marked by a cool waterfall and stream running into Shoals Creek. Option to lengthen the hike by connecting the 2 loops. Total distance via Jones Branch ended up being a little over 3 miles.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Nice hike. All shaded. Nice creek. The mileage is 3.9 and there was 29 floors of elevation.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Not bad! There's a lot more trail than shown on the map. We ran for a good bit of the hike, as the trails were generally even enough to allow for it, with only a few hills, etc. to climb. There's some sort of grave or memorial in the parking lot I was very curious about and we found a small sinkhole/cave on the northernmost section of horse trail.

Definitely a good place to go horseback riding! There's a large parking lot and a few spots along the trails with water available from the creek.

Nice hike! Pretty along the creeks!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

A easy easy hike. It took me about an hour to complete. I did it on a weekday afternoon so there was no one else there. Very relaxing.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Great for a fairly quick and pleasant hike.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Great trail so quiet and peaceful. Beautiful hike

Sunday, September 27, 2015

yeah, you might want to know that the trail is pretty long before you take your 3 year old daughter and your wife with you for a great day out in nature. Some maps at the trail head would have been nice or some mile markers on the trail ( I guess that is what this website is for...duh). Other than that, we had a great time and it was a great trail once you get in the woods and it was pretty well marked.

Monday, June 22, 2015

This was a great afternoon hike with my family. We hiked in and were able to cool off in the creek. Fun for my boys. I wish there would have been a map posted at the start.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Nice walk in the woods along the creeks. Pretty waterfalls!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

I grew up camping with my family on this property! I'm so glad they made it Forever Wild!!!!!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

I would also like to add to my review that as a responsible gun owner who legally carries a gun everywhere I would like to apologize for the idiots that shoot up the trail marker signs. Who ever did that is not a representation of gun owners in general. If you are reading this and are one of the perpetrators please stop!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Great hike close to town! Enough uphill to get your heart rate up, but not to really push you too hard. We'll be back for sure.

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