Civilian Conservation Corps History Hike: The ‘Unfinished Bridge”
The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the better known and most successful of the New Deal programs following the Great Depression; one that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in Alabama State Parks.
In celebration of DeSoto State Park’s 76th Anniversary of its dedication day, join DSP Staff on a moderate hike to the Civilian Conservation Corp’s ‘unfinished’ Bridge. Learn the history of why the CCC left it standing and see several original structures. Moderate hike on old CCC roadbed. Almost 4 miles round trip.
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Where: Meet at DeSoto State Park’s Lodge-Lobby. Will caravan to Gilliam Loop Trailhead
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Central Time Zone)
Fee: Free and open to the public. PLEASE RSVP by call 256.997.5025
Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended)
Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather. Rain gear might be advisable to bring along in case of inclement weather.
WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it is stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please call the park before you leave home to check if the hike is still on (256.845.0051)
Please note: Hike conditions will be posted the day before the hike on DeSoto’s Facebook page.
Directions to Desoto State Park:
Using a GPS or Phone to navigate to Desoto State Park can be unreliable. Please see www.Alapark.com/desotoresort for a print-out PDF file of directions to DSP.