The Land Trust of North Alabama will be the future stewards of Cane Creek in Colbert County. The Land Trust will ensure this unique 693-acre natural treasure in Northwest Alabama is properly and permanently cared for while also allowing continued low impact public access.
So how did this come about? Here’s what to know:Read more: Land Trust named new caretaker of Cane Creek
A 693-acre donation
The Land Trust will take over care of the preserve after owners of Cane Creek, Jim and Faye Lacefield, donated the land recently, although the Land Trust was assigned a conservation easement for the Cane Creek property in August of 2020.
Last year, the Land Trust hired two staff members who are on-site during the preserve’s open hours to assist visitors with sign-in, provide trail information and complete property and trail maintenance. After a successful partnership, the Lacefields have chosen the Land Trust as stewards of the preserve.
This will be the Land Trust’s ninth public nature preserve and first in Northwest Alabama.
“The Land Trust is truly honored that the Lacefields have entrusted us with their dream. It was their passion to protect this irreplaceable landscape and share it with the world. We are thrilled to carry on that story.”Marie Bostick, Land Trust of North Alabama
About Cane Creek
Over the past 40 years, the Lacefields preserved the property southwest of Tuscumbia, and created nearly 18 miles of hiking trails, cared for the land and welcomed visitors to explore or study there.
Cane Creek Canyon’s topography and dramatic falls provide a diverse ecological area supporting significant biodiversity and cultural history — as well as recreational and educational opportunities.
Protection of the property prevents degradation of these rich biological resources and aquatic corridors providing habitats for a wide variety of plants and wildlife.
Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve is open to the public each weekend (Friday – Sunday from 7 AM – 5 PM).