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Bankhead National Forest
(The Warrior Mountains)

Historic Indians of Bankhead
Historic Wildlife of Bankhead

     Located in northwestern Alabama, the William B. Bankhead National Forest offers something for everyone. The Bankhead's 180,581 acres, occupying portions of Winston and Lawrence Counties, offer scenic beauty, majestic trees, recreation opportunities and abundant wildlife.
     Originally designated on January 15, 1918 under the name "Alabama National Forest", Congress enacted legislation in 1942 changing the name to William B. Bankhead National Forest. This change was made to honor one of Alabama's most distinguished native sons, William B. Bankhead, who served in the U.S. Congress from 1917-1940 and was Speaker of the House from 1936 until his death in 1940.
     Alabama's first National Wilderness Area, the Sipsey Wilderness, is located in the Bankhead National Forest. Bankhead is the home of Alabama's only nationally designated Wild and Scenic River. Comprised mostly of the Sipsey Fork and it's tributaries, this river system is 61.4 miles in length. Portions of the river are seasonally suitable for canoeing; access points are located throughout the forest.
     Lying partially within Bankhead is the picturesque Lewis Smith Lake. This 21,000-acre lake, bordered by many high rock bluffs and outcroppings, boasts over 500 miles of shoreline. Three National Forest recreation areas, Corinth, Houston and Clear Creek, are located on Lewis Smith Lake.
     Among the historical areas found in Bankhead are several depression era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp sites. The CCC enrollees built many of the forest's roads and picnic areas. Pine Torch Church, nestled deep in the heart of the Bankhead, still holds services each Sunday morning in a log building dating back to the 1850's. Pine Torch did double duty as a school building for many decades.
     Bankhead National Forest abounds with primitive and developed recreational opportunities, natural beauty, and numerous lessons in history. A visit to Bankhead will be a trip of discovery.

Recreation Areas
     Six recreation areas are scattered about Bankhead, each offering a unique experience of its own. Facilities for camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, and swimming are abundant, along with possibilities for photography and nature study. All facilities were designed with the forest user in mind and provide varying challenges for everyone from the novice to the expert. Visitors will find each area has its own personality, and with the changing seasons even that personality will change.

Owl Creek Horse Camp and Trail System
     Offering nearly 30 miles of trails designed for horseback riding, the Owl Creek Trail System is unique and is growing in popularity every day. Starting at the Owl Creek Horse Camp (located on Forest Service Road 262 about 7 miles east of Highway 33) the trail rider may choose from loops of varying lengths. The camp provides primitive overnight campsites for trail riders on a first-come, first-served basis.

Clear Creek Recreation Area
     The Bankhead's newest, largest and most modern recreation area, Clear Creek offers facilities for individual and group camping, picnicking, swimming, boat launching, hiking and biking. Some camping and picnicking sites, bathhouses, and a portion of the trail system are accessible to persons with physical disabilities. Amenities to make your stay more enjoyable include an entrance/information station, water and electric hookups at all camping sites, public telephones, children's playground, bathhouses, and a recreation vehicle sanitation station. Clear Creek has become one of Alabama's most popular areas and has many repeat visitors. Advance reservations are recommended for weekends and holidays.

Corinth Recreation Area
     A visit to Corinth is a trip back to nature. Corinth, with its relaxing forested setting, has been popular for many years for picnicking and camping in tents or small recreation vehicle campers. Located on Lewis Smith Lake, Corinth provides excellent access to water-based activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, and water skiing.

Houston Recreation Area
     Located on Lewis Smith Lake, Houston Recreation Area is a perfect quick getaway from urban life. It is excellent for both individual and family recreational pursuits and offers camping, picnicking, swimming, and fishing.

Brushy Lake Recreation Area
     Nestled into a more remote setting of Bankhead, Brushy Lake is a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A quiet tranquil place, Brushy Lake offers everything from camping, picnicking, or relaxing, to fishing in it's own 33-acre lake.

Sipsey River Picnic Area
     Picnicking; fishing; drinking water; sanitary facilities and hiking trail.

Sipsey Wild & Scenic River
     Canoeing; 61.4 miles of seasonal canoeing on a selected section based on stream levels. Call the District Office to receive information on stream levels.

Hurricane Creek Shooting Range
     This shooting range can accommodate rifles or pistols.

     Some activities beyond the Recreation Areas are the Natural Bridge (the longest east of the Rockies), Little Natural Bridge, Looney's Tavern Amphitheater and Park, Houston Civil War Jail, and Pine Torch Church (so called because the worshipers used "pine torches" to light their 1850 constructed church).

Looney's Tavern Amphitheatre and Park
     In case you weren't aware, in the 1860's, a large number of the Winston County residents, in the southern portion of the Bankhead, refused to side against Old Glory, and attempted to withdraw from the state of Alabama and form the Free State of Winston. Winston County was hardworkin' Appalachian farmland and not river-bottom planation land. The residents did not agree with the need to offer their sons' lives to preserve a way of life they did not share. At a community meeting held at Looney's Tavern on July 4, 1861, the 3000 residents of Winston County vowed to maintain neutrality and peace. However, Winston County was not able to achieve either. During the 1860's life was hard for those Jacksonian Democrats, both economically and politically. The story of this period in American history is told in plays at the Looney's Tavern Amphitheatre and Park. The Houston campground is closest to the Tavern.

Little Natural Bridge
     North of Houston Recreation Area, on County Route 63, is the Little Natural Bridge. A paved trail leads the visitor to an up-close look at a natural bridge. Visitors can explore under, around and through this beautiful sculpture of nature. Other examples of how water is nature's principle sculpting tool are found along the delightful Ravine Trail in the Clear Creek Recreation Area. Hikers along this trail can envision long ago people using a rock shelter for protection from foul weather or as a camping place during hunts.


Hiking
     Hiking opportunities abound in Bankhead. While hiking, one can expect to find tall trees, flowing streams, picturesque rock bluffs, and abundant wildlife. The rock cliffs rising from the waters of Lewis Smith Lake and along the canyons of the Sipsey River are outstanding examples of Bankhead's rugged beauty. Streams in Bankhead often cascade over steep rock faces into deep gorges, forming beautiful waterfalls. These natural wonders can be reached by way of the numerous hiking trails provided in Bankhead.
     Alabama's first National Wilderness Area, the Sipsey Wilderness, is located in Bankhead National Forest. Designated by Congress in 1975, the Sipsey Wilderness originally contained 12,726 acres, and in 1988, Congress increased the area to 25,906 acres.

The Sipsey Wilderness      Trails
     The 25,906 acre Sipsey Wilderness enjoys special protection designed to restore and preserve the natural ecological conditions of the area. The Sipsey provides the wilderness visitor with a primitive recreation experience and outstanding opportunities for solitude. Hiking, camping, hunting and fishing are permitted in the Sipsey. Horseback riding is allowed on trails specifically designated for horses. In order to protect the wilderness experience and environment, mountain bikes and motorized vehicles are not allowed inside the Sipsey's boundaries.
     The Sipsey Wilderness is found in the southwestern portion of Lawrence County.  Many people enjoy the beauty of Lawrence County's greatest resource, the Sipsey Wilderness Area of Bankhead National Forest that lies in the heart of the Warrior Mountains.  Sipsey River Picnic Grounds are located on Sipsey Fork near the Cranal Road, the south border of the wilderness.  Many people hike and backpack in the Sipsey Wilderness, as well as drive along Highway 33 and the Cranal Road to enjoy the splendors of the forest.
     Sightseeing, hiking, canoeing, backpacking, and horseback riding are only a few of the many outdoor recreational activities available to Lawrence County residents, as well as visitors from all over the Southeastern United States.    The Sipsey Wilderness is the place for those who want to get away from modern conveniences without the sound of traffic, telephones, and TV's, but instead listen to the songs of the warblers, the hammering beaks of woodpeckers, the hoot of the great horned owl, the howl of the lone coyote, and the sound of water running over rocks and boulders in the many streams flowing through this portion of the Warrior Mountains.
     The US Forest Service has designated and established trails for hiking, horseback riding, and horse or mule drawn wagons.  These trails and roads provide access to secluded sandstone cliffs, wonderful waterfalls, fantastic fall foliage, beautiful wildflowers, and tremendous trees.  Designated hiking trails begin at Borden Creek Bridge on the Bunyan Hill Road, Sipsey River Picnic area and at Thompson Creek Bridge on the Northwest Road.  A hiker can spend a few hours or a few days hiking the trail system in Sipsey Wilderness.  McDougal Hunter's Camp is a campground for those hunting or hiking the area.  A system of horse trails begins at Owl Creek Horse Camp and contain many miles of connected riding loops.  The 1988 addition to Sipsey Wilderness can be used by horse or mule drawn wagons.  The wilderness access to wagons provide rides for young, old, and disabled individuals through the most scenic portion of our Warrior Mountains.
     In addition to various types of trails and roads in the Sipsey Wilderness Area, primitive wilderness camping is available to those who really want to get away without driving for hours.  Two sites which I would strongly recommend for wilderness camping is Bee Branch and Ship Rock, a totally isolated area with great sandstone bluffs and shelters located on either side of the canyon.

McDowell Cove
     McDowell Cove of Bankhead National Forest is located primarily in Section 4 of Township South and Range 8 West.  McDowell Cove is on the upper drainages of Flannagin Creek and is one of the most beautiful canyons in the Warrior Mountains.  The Cove lies between Mountain Springs Road on the eastern ridge, Gum Pond Road located on the western ridge, and the Ridge Road on the northern ridge.
     In the center of McDowell Cove, an Indian mound if found in the front yard of Jack McDowell's old log house.  The flat level top of the mound actually lies immediately east of the dog trot style log cabin.  The sides of the mound only rise some four to five feet at the highest point.  Around the mound, numerous flakes of flint can be found.  Throughout McDowell Cove, flint provides evidence of long term occupation of the cove by Indian inhabitants.
     The area had been known as Wallis Cove, Wilkerson Cove and after many of the other families that inhabited the area in the past; however, since Jack McDowell was the first Forest Ranger of Bankhead and made the Cove his home, the area is widely accepted as being McDowell Cove.
     Wallis Cemetery, named after some of the Cove's first residents, contains the gravis of four Civil War soldiers.  Two old houses still stand in the flat valley:  Jack McDowell's home and the Wilkerson home.  The old Sally Ann House was sold to a Mr. Norman Tidwell from Winston County and moved during 1993.   Open pasture or farm land located in the Cove is privately owned.

Bee Branch Canyon
     Bee Branch of the Sipsey Wilderness Area is located primarily in Section 26 of Township 8 South, Range 9 West.  Bee Branch is a deep canyon located east of Sipsey Fork.  The area is probably the most primeval site in the Warrior Mountains.  Most of the canyon was protected by the US Forest Service as early as 1919.
     Bee Branch is a forked canyon with seasonal and beautiful waterfalls in each fork.  The Bee Branch Falls plunge some 50 feet above the canyon floor.  Both forks are virtually box canyons forming a small creek that flows into Sipsey Fork.  The eastern fork of the canyon features the largest yellow poplar in the Southeastern US.  The whole gorge is a botanical garden of virgin hardwoods and growth.

Tar Springs Hollow
     Located in the upper portion of Capsey Creek, once known as Capp's Creek, is a place not found elsewhere in William B. Bankhead National Forest.    The creek begins at Cave Springs on Hwy 41 and on the Leola Road at Basham Shelter and Spring.  The area, not noted for the two head water springs, is unique because of the two springs downstream in the middle of the big hollow.  This unusual site found on Capsey Creek is known as Tar Springs Hollow.
     Capsey Creek is a tributary to Brushy Creek which empties its waters into Sipsey Fork on Smith Lake.  The Tar Springs Hollow on Capsey Creek contains two mineral tar springs which are located about one quarter mile apart in the Southwest 1/4 of Section 26, Township 8 South, and Range 6 West.
     According to the Alabama Geological Survey as reported by geologist Jonathan Hunter and made available by Mr. Leon Hightower, "These springs, years ago, were places of a resort for the afflicted who drank their waters and swallowed their tar or maltha, made into pills, and supposed that they were greatly benefited thereby.  The hotel and cottages for the accommodation of the visitors to these springs are said to have stood on the hill just south of this lower spring.  Both of these springs, however, have been spoiled by blasting them for asphaltum."
     The article also indicated that barrels of tar were collected in holes made in the floor of the springs and shipped off.  In addition to the Tar Springs, oil wells were drilled in 1865 and 1867 that were between 700 and 800 feet deep.    The geological survey reports that Jonathan Watson probably drilled and got oil out of the wells in Tar Spring Hollow.
     According to material furnished by Mr. Rayford Hyatt, the Tar Springs Hollow Road was one route many settlers and visitors took to the Tar Springs Resort.  The early road led from Melton's Bluff to Oakville, then to Poplar Log Cove where the road forked.  The eastern fork was the main route and was the Black Warrior Town Trail or Mitchell Trace.  The south fork became known as the Tar Springs Hollow Road and traveled south up Wiggings Hollow.  The road crossed the High Town Path east of Center Church and passed down a long ridge into Tar Springs Hollow.
     From the 1800's through the early 1900's, prior to the National Forest status the land has today, many people lived in the area of Tar Springs Hollow.   Cave Springs Cemetery and Center Cemetery contain the remains of many who called the Tar Springs Hollow area home.
     It appears from examination of the tombstones in Cave Springs and Center Cemetery, that many of the people were descendants of the Creek and Cherokee Indians, the earlier inhabitants of the area.  Many of the family names of those who presently compose the Lawrence County Indian population are found in the old cemeteries.

Poplar Log Cove
     Poplar Log Cove of the Warrior Mountains is located primarily in Section10 of Township 8 South and Range 6 West.  Poplar Log Cove is on the upper portion of the West Fork of Flint Creek in Bankhead's northeastern portion.  Black Warriors' Path traversed through the Cove and passed by the Poplar Log Cove Spring which forms the headwaters of West Flint Creek.
     Based on archaeological evidence, Poplar Log Cove was utilized by Indian people as early as the Paleo Period.  A Paleo scraper and Decatur Point were found and identified near the center of the Cove.  Poplar Log Cove was settled in the early 1800's by Indian mixed bloods and white people.  The Cove was flat with broad fertile valleys which were farmed in patches of cotton and corn.  Today, most of Poplar Log Cove is privately owned but remains one of the most beautiful valleys of the Warrior Mountains.

Indian Tomb Hollow
     Indian Tomb Hollow is located primarily in Section 2 of Township 8 South, Range 7 West on the northern edge of Bankhead National Forest.  In the distant hollows of Indian Tomb Hollow, the wood hen can be heard as the evening sun sinks behind the bluffs.  Three gracious waterfalls of the southwest fork echo eternal sounds that formed the sandstone canyon containing vertical walls reaching to the sky.   Looking down the canyon toward the northeast sandstone bluffs on either side of the canyon causes one to be in awe of the area because of its beauty.
     Early settlers and Indian mixed bloods settled to the north and west of the hollow's southwestern fork.  Several people lived for a while in the old High House located on a small knoll at the mouth of Indian Tomb.  Families of the Warrior Mountains would enter the hollow from Chestnut Ridge, Bulah, and High House Hill not only to view and enjoy the beauty of the area, but to dig roots, herbs, and hunt.    It was in this same tradition that I was first introduced by my granddad Authur Wilburn, to the mysterious but beautiful Indian Tomb Hollow.
     Mr. G. H. Melson tells of experiences he had as a small boy in Indian Tomb Hollow and is a wealth of information concerning an Indian fight occurring near the mouth of the famous canyon.  He tells of his father working on the old plantation and passing down stories through many generations about the Indians of the area, the black slave cemetery, and the early settlers who called the area home.
     Over many years, the Gillespie family has traditionally been drawn to Indian Tomb.  Not only does the family consider the area a sacred Indian burial site, but their ancestor, James Richard Gillespie, a veteran of the Creek Indian War, is buried in the Gillespie Cemetery.  In addition, Gillespie Springs and Gillespie Creek, which runs through Indian Tomb Hollow, are named after the Gillespie Family of Lawrence County.
     A story called the "Battle of Indian Tomb Hollow" or "Ittaloknak" was originally printed in The Moulton Democrat in November 1556.    The articles compose a beautiful love story that describes a fierce fight in Indian Tomb between the Creek and Chickasaw inhabitants of the Warrior Mountains.


Sipsey Wilderness Trails

The information provided here is from my own personal knowledge and a book called "Alabama Trails," written by Richard Huey.

Trail #200 (easy)

The trailhead for this wilderness trail is located at the eastern end of the bridge over the Sipsey River on county road 60. It can be also hiked from the northern terminus on Forest Road 224, where it crossed Borden Creek. (the road is closed to vehicles past the bridge since the wilderness expansion)

From the parking area at the bridge, walk under the bridge to the trailhead. The trail parallels the Sipsey River for the first .5 mile to where Borden Creek merges with the Sipsey. Here, the trail bears right and follows Borden Creek NE. (Trail #209 begins across the creek and follows the Sipsey River for nearly 7 miles, if you plan to cross to #209 be prepared to get wet, Borden Creek is as big as the Sipsey River here) Continue along the eastern bank of Borden Creek. At approximately 1.2 miles, the trail veers north for a short distance before crossing an unnamed creek and heading W.

At approximately 1.7 miles, the trail veers north and passes along high bluffs and ledges before ending near the bridge on FR 224. The end of the trail is more interesting than the beginning, although it also becomes harder. At one point, the trail passes through a rock formation, I found it easier to go over it, with packs on the cave would be impossible, and I didn't want to get my pack muddy inside the cave, the climb over the cave is not easy but, my girlfriend, with no climbing experience, made it over with a 40lb. pack on so it can easily be done.

Trail #201 (easy)

This trail starts at the trailhead and parking area on county road 60 approximately 5 miles west of the Sipsey River Recreation Area.

From the trailhead, hike north for approximately .3 mile before reaching a junction with Trail #202 (this trail leads NW approximately 2.9 miles, where it intersects with Trail #209 on the Sipsey River).

Trail # 201 continues N for another 2 miles, where it intersects Trail #209 (this trail descends approximately .5 mile to the Sipsey River and crosses before continuing SE for another 6.5 miles).

At approximately 2.4 miles, just past the junction with Trail #209, the trail forks. The right fork leads to a dead end on a bluff above the river. Bear left at the fork. The trail soon descends along and around the ridge for another .5 mile before ending at the Sipsey River. There is a small secluded campsite here.

Trail #202 (easy)

This trail leaves Trail #201 .3 mile from the trailhead and parking area on county road 60. From the junction, the trail wanders along a long ridge for approximately 2.5 miles. The only interesting part of the trail is on old cemetery on your right approximately .8 mile from the start.

At approximately 2.5 miles, the trail descends to the Sipsey River. Cross the river and pick up Trail #209 (again, crossing the river is not easy, especially during a period when the rain index is high).

This trail, in combination with trails #209 and #201, provide a loop hike of approximately 10 miles.

Trail #204 (easy)

Like trail # 205, the trailhead for #204 is located in FR 224. When the Sipsey Wilderness was expanded in 1988, this part of the road became inaccessible by motor vehicle. It is approximately 4 miles to Thompson Creek on FR 224 & FR 208, and approximately 4 miles to Borden Creek on FR 224.

The first .6 mile is a wide trail leading SE along the ridge. Here, the wide trail will bear right, descending into the canyon. With a nice waterfall and the state's largest tree, a 500 year old 150' poplar, it is easy to see why this canyon area has been so popular for hikers. The trail into the canyon will parallel the creek and eventually intersect Trail #209 and the Sipsey River.

The main trail becomes narrow and continues SE along the ridge for approximately .5 mile before gradually descending and making several switchbacks around the ridge. At approximately 2 miles, the trail descends beside a small waterfall and rockhouse on your left. The next .4 mile continues to descend along the ridge before intersecting with trail #209.

From the junction of trails #204 and #209, the hiker may continue W on trail #209 and N on trail #206 to the Thompson Creek trailhead and parking area. A second option would be to hike SE on trail #209 and then N on trail #200 to the bridge on Borden Creek and parking area. Of course, the third option would be to hike SE on trail #209 and then N on trail #200 to County Road 60 trailhead and parking area.

Trail #205 (easy)

The trailhead for this trail, like that of Trail #204, is located on FR 224. This area, however, is inaccessible by motor vehicle since the Sipsey Wilderness expansion in 1988. The closest parking area is FR 208 at Thompson Creek, which is 3 miles west of the trailhead.

From FR 224, the trail basically follows the ridge line between White Oak Hollow and Bee Branch Creek. The trail narrows a couple of times but for the most part, it is mainly a wide trail and east to hike.

The last quarter mile is moderate descent down a rocky watershed to a junction with Trail #206. This trail and Trail #206 could be used along with FR 208 for a loop hike.

Trail #206 (easy)

This trail follows Thompson Creek south, where it merges with several other creeks to form the Sipsey River. The trailhead is located on FR 208, which runs along the northern edge of the Sipsey Wilderness. (East of Thompson Creek is closed to vehicle traffic)

The trail runs south and parallels Thompson Creek briefly before turning E and crossing a smaller creek. It then returns to parallel Thompson Creek with a rocky bluff on your left. At approximately 1 mile, you reach an area on your right suitable for camping. A short distance later, the trail turns E and crosses another small creek. At approximately 1.7 miles, the trail crosses a small creek area and cuts back SW. Here, a very short spur trail ascends up to a waterfall and the rocky cliffs above the creek.

At approximately 2.5 mile, Quillian Creek (after merging earlier with Hubbard Creek) merges with Thompson Creek to form the Sipsey River. Reach a small area at approximately 2.8 miles suitable for camping. At 2.9 mile, an unmarked (except for a scar on a tree on your left) and hard to recognize trail on your left ascends up a rocky drainage to the ridge above the canyon. (this is Trail #205, which follows the ridge to FR 224)

Just past this trail junction, you will intersect Trail #209. A signpost notates that Trail #209 crosses the Sipsey River here en route to its junction with Trail #201. (Trail #209 continues SE along the Sipsey River for approximately 6.5 miles) Trail #206 is a great hike in Spring when the flowers are blooming. It can be hiked in conjunction with the other trails to make a nice backpacking trip in the wilderness.

Trail #209 (easy)

This is the longest of the wilderness trails and perhaps the most interesting. The southern terminus is located by hiking trail #200 north from the Sipsey River Recreation Area on county road 60 for .5 mile. The northern terminus is located .5 mile west of the Sipsey River at a junction with trail #201.

The trail follows the Sipsey River for 6.5 miles from Borden Creek before crossing the river and ascending to its junction with Trail #201. Along the route, you will find numerous side canyons, rock bluffs and waterfalls.

After crossing Borden Creek, the trail heads NW parallel to the river. At approximately .5 mile, reach a small canyon on your right, with a small campsite. Just ahead and near the river is another campsite area. A short distance ahead, the trail will bear right before crossing Fall Creek near a rockhouse and waterfall.

Approximately 1.2 miles, the trail passes along the base of the canyon wall and another waterfall. At approximately 1.5 miles, the trail and river get farther away from the canyon walls. After crossing a small creek, the trail continues far a short distance on an old roadbed.

At 2.2 miles, cross another small creek. The trail and river soon turn SW at approximately 2.5 miles.

Reach a campsite area large enough for a group on your right soon after the trail turns SW, and another smaller campsite along the river ahead at 2.9 miles. At approximately 3 miles, the trail and river cut back to the NW. Pass by canyon walls for a short distance before crossing a watershed on your right at approximately 3.6 miles. Here, the river turns W.

At 4.1 miles, the river turns to the N. Reach a junction with Trail #202 at 4.4 miles (the sign was missing, but the post was still in place). Trail #202 descends to the ridge top across the river and winds SW for 2.9 miles to intersect Trail #201. There is another small campsite near the trail junction and another just ahead a short distance.

Cross a creek at 5.1 miles, with a camping area just ahead. A small creek winds its way through the lowland before entering the river.

Reach a junction with Trail #204 at 6 miles. (This trail ascends to the ridge and continues NE along the ridge to its trailhead on FR 224. The popular Bee Branch area is reached by taking this trail). Another campsite is located beside the river on your left.

At 6.5 miles, cross Bee Branch Creek, with campsites on each side of the junction with the Sipsey River. The river quickly turns to the W for a short distance. Reach another campsite area at 7 miles and also a campsite area at 7.5 miles, where the river turns S.

At 8 miles, cross a small creek and reach another campsite just ahead. At 8.5 miles, reach a junction with Trail #206, which continues N for 2.9 miles to Thompson Creek bridge on FR 208. Trail #209 crosses the river here and continues on your right after crossing. (again be prepared for crossing the river) The next .5 mile ascends before reaching Trail # 201.


Large Map of the Sipsey Wilderness
The Alabama Trails Association
Bill Solomon's Sipsey Page

A new Trail Map is available for the Sipsey Wilderness, if interested please contact:
Backcountry Trail Surveys
PO Box 5224
Huntsville, Al 35814

or
trails@terragis.com