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Prattville Bamboo Forest – Hike This Hidden Gem

Prattville's Wilderness Park is better known to locals as the "Bamboo Forest," and for good reason. Watch our video to find out why.

The Prattville Bamboo Forest is one of Alabama’s most serene and beautiful spots, but it’s an attraction that has stayed out of the limelight. Whether that’s because it’s nestled five minutes away from Prattville’s bustling downtown or for another reason entirely, we can’t say. But what we can tell you is that it’s a can’t-miss detour if you ever find yourself in “The Preferred Community.”

What to expect from the Prattville Bamboo Forest

Hiking around the Prattville Bamboo Forest only takes you about half-a-mile. However, there are multiple detours that will take you deeper into the forest, giving you some extra trail variety. The color of the bamboo changes in different sections of the park, and it’s stunningly beautiful. There’s even a creek that runs alongside the forest, which gives you that extra bit of nature. If that wasn’t enough, there are also more than 1000 different plant species that call the bamboo forest home. You’ll get to see all of this, including any wildlife that might be present. There are turtles, birds, and unfortunately… mosquitoes.

Bringing some repellent wouldn’t be the worst idea.

Apart from that, the hike around Wilderness Park is fantastic. There’s a central lake that’s got numerous lily pads, bamboo shoots, and other plants growing out of it. It’s a perfect refuge, and given its location in the urban outskirts of Prattville, you don’t really need to worry much about snakes or larger animals. It’s well-kept, though some of the hard-to-reach branches have fallen on the lake and are often left.

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