Civilian Conservation Corps History Hike: The ‘Unfinished Bridge”
Civilian Conservation Corps History Hike: The ‘Unfinished Bridge” DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the better known and most successful of the New Deal programs following the Great Depression; one that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in Alabama State Parks. In celebration of DeSoto State Park’s 83rd Anniversary of its dedication day in 1939, join DSP Staff on a moderate hike to the Civilian Conservation Corp’s ‘unfinished’ Bridge. Learn the history of why the CCC left it standing and see several original structures. Moderate hike on Gilliam Loop Trail & old CCC roadbed. Approx. 4 miles round trip. Meet at DeSoto State Park’s Gillam Loop Trailhead (Just past DeSoto’s Lodge on Blalock Drive): Free, pre-registration is required so to know how many to expect. Hike is open to ages 8 to adult. Email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more info or to pre-register.