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Forever Wild buys north Alabama landmark Walls of Jericho

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IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK . . . LONG-CLOSED SCENIC AREA MAY SOON OPEN TO PUBLIC
THOMAS SPENCER News staff writer
Publication Date: February 1, 2004  Page: 17-A 

ESTILLFORK As you travel up the Paint Rock Valley toward the Walls of Jericho, the mountains close around you. The pavement ends. And for miles the dirt road is alternately rugged and rocky, mud-rutted and wheel-well deep in water. The final mile on foot, crisscrossing the stream in the narrowing canyon, can be downright treacherous.
But for as long as folks in this isolated valley on the northern edge of Alabama can remember, people have made the journey. The reward is the destination: a natural rock amphitheater cupped by steep limestone cliffs.
Here, the Paint Rock River's headwaters tumble out of the Cumberland Mountains. A crystal-clear stream plunges 50 feet off a ledge, disappears into a cave, erupts again from a cave in the limestone and cascades down a succession of stair-step waterfalls.
Davy Crockett lived just over …