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Published April 2007

Moss Rock Preserve Hike
Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m.

Moss Rock Preserve jpg Join the early birds and LWVGB members for a short hike at Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover. After the walk we will gather for coffee and conversation at Leonette Slay’s home.  Meet at the preserve parking lot on Sulphur Springs Road, just off Shades Mountain at 8:30 a.m.  A gentle hike of 1.5 miles will take us to the Boulder Field and back to the parking lot. Leonette’s home at 320 Albemarle Drive is a few minutes away, off Shades Mountain Road in Bluff Park. Those who choose to forego the hike to get a head start on the conversation can meet at Leonette's at 10:00.

Moss Rock Preserve is a 250 acre public nature preserve owned by the City of Hoover. It contains natural features that have been lost to development in other areas of the city. Eight miles of trail expose hikers to a wide variety of natural plant communities within a compact area. The preserve lies in a highland valley made up of the south-facing slop of Shades Mountain and the north-facing slope of the much lower Pine Mountain. Boulder formations found here are normally associated with Lookout and Sand Mountains to our north. The most unique natural communities in Moss Rock are sandstone glades, which are composed of scattered trees, grasses, and wildflowers growing on large, pavement-like rock outcrops. We may come across small, stunted trees, natural bonsai that may be hundreds of years old.

Take advantage of this opportunity to take the League outdoors. Depending on member interest, we can arrange visits to other hiking destinations in the future.

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