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Field Trips

Our first field trip for this year was to DeSoto Caverns Park in Childersburg, AL. We took two friends, Jack and Emily, with us. Jack is 15 years old and Emily is 10. They were excellent company for Chris and Rebecca. We recommend the Mega Fun Pack, which covers the caverns tour and unlimited attractions except "Panning for Gems." The tour was 1 hour and began every hour on the half-hour. The tour guides are nice and friendly. There is a laser light show in the caverns depicting the Creation of the World by God Almighty. The attractions are fun and involve lots of physical recreation. Several are water games. No pool or swimming. We camped in a tent. The camp ground is small, but cozy. We met several families, two are homeschool. We shared a campfire and stories while we toasted marshmellows. It was a special time for us.

Same trip, next day, we went to Kymulga Grist Mill and Covered Bridge. They are not located on the net and we just saw the sign on the side of the road. They were especially friendly and gracious. The admission is $2.00 per person. The grist mill is operational. It is used to grind corn into cornmill. They still stock area stores. We purchased a 5lb. bag for $3.50. Open 7 days a week April 1 - October 30. The Mill & Covered Bridge are both on National Historical Register. The largest cluster of White Oak trees east of the Mississippi and the State Champion Sugarberry Tree are located there. There are two miles of Nature Trails. Also, they have facilities for family, industry or class reunions. For more infomation contact Childersburg Heritage Society at 205-378-5482 or 205-378-7436.

We picked-up pamphlets at the grist mill for Noccalula Falls Park and Campground in Gadsden, AL. It is located about 60 miles northeast of Birmingham, AL. Noccalula Falls in its natural unspoiled beauty cascades over 90 feet into a beautiful ravine. Below in the ravine, many scenic and historic sites exist: a historic gorge trail (rocky and for the experienced hiker) depicting caves and Indian carvings, and old abandoned dam, Chalybeate Springs Park, an old pump house sight for Dwight Cotton Mill, Civil War carvings, many species of rare plants and wildlife and very unusual rock formations. We toured the Pioneer Village, played Carpet Golf, visited the Gift Shop and Video Arcade. The campground is big with both primitive and full hook-up sites. The cost is $12.00 for full hook-up. They give 10% off for some camping clubs like Good Sam's, AARP, etc. They also offer free primitive camping for tents. There is a nice pool for campers, clean bath houses and a camp store. Early Bird and Night Owl check in for those who show up after hours. They also offer Sunday Morning Worship services at 8:00 A.M. sponsored by area churches. For more information call: 205-549-4663 Park, 205-543-7412 Campground.