Shoal Creek Preserve

  • Entrance to Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

    Entrance to Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

  • Parking area and kiosk at Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

    Parking area and kiosk at Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

  • Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

    Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

  • Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

    Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

  • Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

    Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

  • Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

    Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

  • Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

    Shoal Creek Nature Preserve

  • Hiking trails are well-marked.

    Hiking trails are well-marked.

  • Photography is a popular activity.

    Photography is a popular activity.

Overview
Shoal Creek Preserve (dedicated by Forever Wild resolution as the Billingsley-McClure Shoal Creek Preserve) allows visitors to explore 298 acres of fallow fields, mature upland hardwood stands and scenic creek bottoms in Lauderdale County. Waterways on the tract include Indian Camp Creek, Lawson Creek, Jones Branch and Shoal Creek.

The tract was purchased in part through a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant awarded by the Alabama Department of Economics and Community Affairs, as well as through financial and in-kind contributions from the City of Florence and Lauderdale County.

Hiking
Two trails totaling 4.3 miles give hikers views of Shoal Creek, Indiancamp Creek, Lawson Branch, and Jones Branch, all on this small 300-acre property. Parking is located on County Road 61. The National Recreation Trails website has additional information on Shoal Creek.

Horseback Riding
A 2.1-mile horseback riding trail circles the property and gives riders access to a majority of the tract. Parking is located on County Road 61.

Hunting
Hunters must have a valid hunting license and permit map; and follow regulations, seasons, and limits for the county in which the tract is located.  The free permit maps may be downloaded here.

Directions
From Florence, turn north onto Lauderdale Co. Rd. 47 towards St. Florian. In St. Florian, turn left onto Co. Rd. 61/Butler Creek Road. The tract is located roughly 2 miles down the road on the right.

Parking area corrdinates:
34.90711
-87.62087