The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) State Lands Division has opened a multi-use trail system at the Forever Wild Splinter Hill Bog Complex located in north Baldwin County. The Pitcher Plant Loop Multi-Use Trail System is more than four miles in length and is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. The trail system is directional with all traffic flowing counter-clockwise and is accessible from both the west and east parking lots of the Splinter Hill Bog Complex.
The Splinter Hill Bog Complex is comprised of pitcher plant bogs, rolling hills, and longleaf pine savannas, and is a great place for adventure seekers of all levels. Located near Rabun, Ala., the Splinter Hill Bog Complex was purchased by the Forever Wild Land Trust in September 2003 as a nature preserve and recreation area to offer outdoor opportunities to the public such as hiking, biking, horseback riding and hunting.
In early spring, visitors can expect to see the beautiful, umbrella-shaped flowers of several pitcher plant species including the hooded, trumpet, white-topped and parrot pitcher plants. Late spring and summer usher in the emergence of more pitcher plants and the blooming of many wildflowers, including several examples from the orchid family. The fall is equally beautiful with the blooming of many species of Aster, which serve as a host for several butterfly species.
Directions: From I-65, take exit 45 (Perdido/Rabun). Go west on Baldwin County Road approximately 1.3 miles to the parking lot on the right or travel 0.1 miles to Splinter Hill Road. Turn right on Splinter Hill Road and travel approximately 0.4 miles to the parking lot on the left across from Turberville Lane.
Trailhead Parking Lot Coordinates:
County Road 47 Splinter Hill Road
N 31.023463 N 31.026408
W -87.678701 W -87.653939
For more information about the Forever Wild Splinter Hill Bog Complex and its outdoor opportunities, visit www.outdooralabama.com/public-lands/stateLands/foreverWild/
Other Forever Wild recreational projects are scheduled to open in 2013 including an 11-mile hiking trail located at the Coosa County Wildlife Management Area (January 2013), and an 11.6-mile multi-use trail system at the Old Cahawba Prairie Tract located in Dallas County (February 2013). Tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2013 is a 12-mile trail at the Walls of Jericho Tract located in Jackson County.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama's natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com