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The Forever Wild Freedom Hills Trail System

The Forever Wild Freedom Hills Trail System is located on the Freedoms Hills Wildlife Management Area in Colbert County, 5 miles south of Highway 72 near Barton and Cherokee, Ala. The trail system is open from March 1st until the beginning of Turkey Season and May 1st to September 30th each year.

photo: Freedom Hills Trail System

Length: 14.70 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Equestrian Trail
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Equestrian - Riding
Hunting

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Location: Located in the Forever Wild Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area in Colbert County, 5 miles south of HIghway 72 near Barton and Cherokee, AL.
State(s): Alabama
Counties: Colbert
Longitude: -87.90223
Latitude: 34.68138

Driving Directions

From Muscle Shoals; Take Highway 72W for approximately 13 miles. Turn Left onto County Road 33 and follow for approximately 3.8 miles to the Trailhead parking lot on the Right.

Description

The Forever Wild Freedom Hills Trail System is located on the Freedoms Hills Wildlife Management Area in Colbert County, 5 miles south of Highway 72 near Barton and Cherokee, Ala. The trail system is open from March 1st until the beginning of Turkey Season and May 1st to September 30th each year. Projects such as these new horse trails help Alabamians experience our rich natural diversity first hand from the unique perspective of horseback.

The trail system was created using existing woods roads that are closed to vehicle traffic outside of the normal hunting season and connecting trails. The trail system offers 14.7 miles of diverse landscape and conditions for horseback riding enthusiast to enjoy Alabama's rich natural diversity first hand. Riders have the option of staying on the main loop called Bugg Mill Hollow Loop for a 6.5 mile trip. This loop begins and ends at the trailhead parking lot located off of County Road 33, near the community of Newsome Springs. There are three additional loops that feed off of Bugg Mill Hollow Loop that provide riders with alternate durations of the riding experience. Blue Hole Rd Loop offers an additional 2.2 miles, Mills Ridge Loop offers an additional 2.2 miles, and McCaig Hollow Loop offers an additional 3.8 miles.

While the initial trail work was performed by the ADCNR staff, this project is intended to follow other successful recreational ventures utilizing volunteers to maintain the existing trails. These efforts have capitalized on the membership of the Alabama Horse Counsel and other local clubs who support horse back riding.

All riders are required to have a valid Alabama Wildlife Management Area License and a Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area permit. Licenses can be purchase online at https://www.outdooralabama.com/license-information or by phone at 1-888-848-6887 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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 https://www.outdooralabama.com/

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock
Grass or Vegetation
Gravel
Rock, boulders
Rock, smooth
Sand
Soil
Water, still

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 700
Elevation High Point: 900
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2012

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Outdoor Alabama License Information
Website: Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust
Website: Outdoor Alabama

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
Doug Deaton
Natural Resource Planner
AL Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources
64 North Union St, Suite 464
Montgomery , AL 36130
(334) 242-3484
doug.deaton@dcnr.alabama.gov

 

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