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Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park welcomes horse riders, hikers

The Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park has trails for horseback riders and hikers.
The Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park has trails for horseback riders and hikers. Courtesy RBC park

Equestrians, rejoice. Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park in Hodges has opened to the public, and features some 27 miles of trails winding through acres of woodlands, canyons and waterfalls. The Franklin County park is the result of a 2011 economic development study that concluded that an equestrian park would be a good addition to the area, highlighting its natural beauty and resources. It’s also proving to be a boon for tourism.

“We have had a very positive impact in tourism for Franklin County. We have campers from as far away as Indiana, Missouri, Florida and New Mexico,” says Tina Lawler, the park’s activities director.

Trails of varying skill levels are located throughout the park, and each rider is provided with a color-coded trail map that coordinates with the signs, flags and markers used to designate each trails.

Hiking trails are also available for all age groups and skill levels that twist and turn through the Rock Bridge Canyon with picturesque sights and rock formations. Visitors can swim in pools at the bottom of the many waterfalls or eat lunch underneath the shelter of the Rock Bridge.

The park offers 34 campsites ranging from full hook up to primitive as well a camp store that offers toiletries, arts and crafts created by local artisans, Rock Bridge Canyon merchandise and a small selection of tack. The park offers a full bathhouse, a pavilion, restrooms and a day use area.

RBC also features a professional-sized outdoor arena with scheduled events throughout the year, including the 3rd Annual Rock Bridge Canyon Pro Rodeo on June 20 and 21.

Grants from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the Resource, Conservation and Development Council, Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, and Sen. Roger Bedford helped make the project a reality. Local farmers and landowners donated land to build the trails.

For more information, visit www.rockbridgecanyon.com or call 205-935-3499.