Hiking at Mountain Longleaf Wildlife Refuge

Hiking at Mountain Longleaf Wildlife Refuge

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Mountain Longleaf Wildlife Refuge in Alabama

 

One of the main purposes for this refuge is to maintain the longleaf pines ecosystem. All it takes is a quick google search for the address, but this is what we followed to get to the area: 407 Bains Gap Rd, Anniston, AL 36201.

This area used to be a former military training area. So STAY on the trails! This is important , watch out for the “Impact Area, Keep out” signs.

We passed some trail heads on the way, but this is the one that we went down. It is a gravel road and it also has more trail heads down as well. It is a dead end, but it was worth it. We saw a Timber Rattle Snake!

Make sure you have a powerful vehicle to get up the gravel hills. We struggled in our Toyota Corolla. Check out the trails and pictures we visited! ***Please be aware of your surrounding at all times. Remember you are the one stepping in to wild animal’s homes. They are just doing what animals do to protect themselves***

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
We originally wanted to go here because I have a refuge stamp book. For all of the refuges in the U.S. you can get a stamp like a passport, but they must have a visitors center or admin building.

 

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
There are maps in the Sign in all harvest box.
Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
You will see these signs all over. Watch out please!
Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
We went all the way to the end of the gravel road and saw this beautiful almost 4 foot Timber Rattle snake!

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
On the way back down the gravel road we went down this trail, but not very far at all. Didn’t see anything but grasshoppers and butterflies, but we wanted to explore more of the area and not just one trail. Also be careful some of these little boxes like in this picture down at the left have hornets/wasps in them.

 

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
I did see this caterpillar down the Interpretive trail though.

 

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
Then we went to the overlook trail. Great view, I bet it is even more amazing in the fall though! We had a hard time getting up the gravel road to this trail. You really need a four wheel drive or just something that has power.

 

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
The Carolina Lily’s.

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
Then we went down one more trail head, not sure what the name of it was though. It did have a small creek though.

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge

 

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
On our way home. Love the view of the mountains.

Alabama has mountains too. Have you ever been to any of the refuges in Alabama? Have you ever been to Longleaf? If you have I would love to know about your experiences! Tell me more in the comments!

Check out this video that has live shots of the Timber!

 

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