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Alabama’s Hidden Bamboo Forest

This enchanting Bamboo Forest hidden away in Alabama provides a peaceful environment for nature lovers and those seeking tranquility. The forest is a part of Wilderness Park in Prattville Alabama NW of Montgomery. It’s a unique oasis that transports you into a world that seems very foreign.



The 26 acre park’s main attraction is its well-maintained walking trails that wind their way through the dense bamboo forest, open meadows and along the banks of Autauga Creek. There’s a pond with a number of species of frogs kids might enjoy. The trails offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, surrounded by the gentle rustling of bamboo leaves.



The trails are easy to navigate and suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

As you enter the forest you’re greeted by towering bamboo stalks that stretch toward the sky forming a unique natural canopy that create a tunnel-like path.


Types of Bamboo:

The forest is home to various species of bamboo. According to Elmore Autauga News1; “There’s the Fishpole Bamboo that fades to yellow with age when exposed to bright sunlight, the Henon Bamboo that has grayish green canes and are the most prevalent in the park, the Robert Young Bamboo that has bright yellow canes with random green stripes, and the Yellow Groove Bamboo which are green canes with a yellow stripe in longitudinal groove.”



The land was acquired by Prattville resident Floyd Smith in 1940. With a love for exotic plants Smith began planting bamboo all over the 26 acres of land. He obtained the bamboo shoots from a Washington Import, which were shipped to him through the mail1. This was the early beginning that continues to grow into the beautiful bamboo forest that exists today.

In the 1960’s the property was acquired by General William Butler. He was an Air University commander at Maxwell Air force Base. He allowed the property to be used by the USAF Survival Program to simulate similar conditions in Vietnam1.

Throughout the years, the Bamboo Forest has remained a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. It has served as a place of serenity, inspiration, and a unique opportunity to connect with nature. It provides an opportunity for anyone who wants to view exotic greenery that they might not ever get a chance to see elsewhere.



More recently the Bamboo Forest has gained popularity as a unique tourist attraction. Its lush greenery and towering bamboo stalks make it a favorite setting for photography, nature walks, and moments of reflection. The forest continues to be a testament to one man’s passion and dedication to preserving the beauty of bamboo.

The Wilderness Park is open from dawn until dusk all year round, so there’s plenty of time to bring your family out and enjoy one of the most exotic attractions that the City of Prattville has to offer.



Wilderness Park is located at 800 Upper Kingston Rd in Prattville AL.



Sources and Reference:
1 Elmore Autauga News

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