Hike of Byler Road’s historic rut-way Jan. 19


Pictured above is a map showing the area where the hike will take place.

MT. HOPE - Joel Mize, historian and author of “The Byler Road and Its People”, will be leading a walk along the historic rut-way of Byler Gap Sunday, Jan. 19, at 1:30 p.m.
Hike participants are asked to meet at Beulah Church, located off of National Forest Road 13 near Mt. Hope.  The walk will go along Byler Gap, which is located southwest of Mt. Hope, atop what was known as the Warrior Mountains.
Mize notes that the most challenging portion of the trip along the Byler Road - which ran from Shoals Creek in Lauderdale County to Northport - was the “escarpment” rise of the Warrior Mountains.
“This escarpment challenge is a 400-foot elevation rise with slopes varying from 20 degrees to 30 degrees over a significant segment of this mountain climb.  The original Byler path was up the Byler Gap and later variations used other gap-ways such as Steele Gap, Martin Gap, Stephenson Gap and Sutton’s Gap to ascend the mountain.  Some of the Pennsylvanian age sandstones are not well cemented/mineralized and thus were prone to generate deep ruts,”  Mize said.
 Come out and see (bring your camera/phone) to document this dramatic pioneer landscape now hidden beneath the forest canopy.  For more information, call 256-856-0354.


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