May 25, 2024

Hiking Bankhead National Forest

This hike is in partnership with Wild Alabama

Sipsey Fork in the Bankhead National Forest

Saturday, May 25, 2024

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

Distance: 2 miles roundtrip

Level of Challenge:  Moderate for hikers of average ability.  Please read "Terrain description" below.

*small group*

Meet-up location:  Winston County Road 2 at the intersection with Highway 33 (about 20 miles south of downtown Moulton via Highway 33).  

Hike description:

Our site on the Sipsey Fork is located in the southern part of the Bankhead National Forest.    

We will enjoy a sandy beach on a beautiful section of the river where we can get into the water which is shallow on the edge but deep enough for a dip in places!  There is much to explore:  signs of animals, plants, the water, trees.  From the riverbank, we will follow a small stream into a spectacular canyon with a waterfall!

Our day will include stewardship such as picking up trash on our way back to our cars.  

Terrain description:

The walk to the river is about a mile on an old road that is closed to motorized traffic.  The road slopes downward all the way to the river, mostly gradually.  Conversely, the walk back out is mostly sloping upward!  There is no maintained trail into the canyon to the waterfall but there is a path most of the way and we may wade in the creek at times.  There are tree roots, slippery rocks and uneven, sloped terrain to navigate that is typical of Bankhead.  

What to wear:

Clothing comfortable for walking and the weather and for being in water. Footwear should be sturdy with good tread for walking on rocks and sand and wearing in the water.  Water sandals that are also comfortable for walking a couple of miles are good, and so are sneakers.

What to bring:

A daypack with plenty of food and water for about 3 hours; personal items such as toilet paper and a small trash bag (we don't leave anything out there, including toilet paper and food scraps).  If there are any balance or lower-body joint issues, please bring a walking stick or trekking poles.

No dogs and no smoking, please

We will meet at the intersection of Winston County Road 2 and Hwy 33 at 9:30 a.m. then caravan the short distance to our trailhead.  We will return to our cars around 1:00 p.m.

Hiking Bankhead National Forest

May 18, 2024

Family Paddle Day: Mom's Need Adventure Too!

Join us for a family paddle day on the Tennessee River with Forrest Paddle Boarding and Yoga Instructor Lyn Underwood. Located just five minutes from Dittos Landing, we will spend the evening trying basic Yoga movements followed by a beautiful sunset paddle paddling in one of Huntsville's most scenic areas. This is an active paddle adventure suitable for various ages and abilities. Active paddle time varies depending on each individual and their paddle speed.

Don't forget to bring water, snacks, water shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, a dry bag or ziplock bag for your phone, and a towel and change of clothes.

Our certified paddle leaders will be there to help you feel comfortable and our event is open to individuals as well as families. Black Kids Adventures, Inc and Forrest Paddle Boarding are proud to partner in this community event.

Remember to share your plans for the day with someone staying behind!

For any questions, please contact us at

This event is sponsored by The Tennessee Riverline

Family Paddle Day: Mom's Need Adventure Too!

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