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Bankhead National Forest
Wilderness Preserve - Northwest Alabama
U.S. Space Camp
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- Alabama Wilderness Adventure
- William P Bankhead N.F.
- Sipsey Wilderness Trail
- Black Warrior Trail
- Recreational Adventures
- Forest Camping
- Forest Ranger HQ
Originally designated as the Alabama National Forest in 1918 by Pres. Wilson, this wilderness preserve was later renamed the William P Bankhead National Forest.
The newly expanded trail system in the Bankhead National Forest added 82 miles of recreational trails to the 71 miles already in the Forest. Now, you can enjoy hiking, bicycle and horseback riding, and a trail for your all-terrain vehicle. Primitive camping and hunting are also allowed in some areas.
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Mississippi legislatures gave a standing ovation to some boy scouts of Troop 302 who rescued an injured man they found in the Sipsey Wilderness in Northeastern Alabama last winter.
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Sipsey Wilderness Trail
Sipsey is the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi and offers outstanding opportunities for solitude. Hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing are permitted in the Sipsey Wilderness. Horseback riding is allowed on trails specifically designated for horses. Motorized vehicles are not allowed inside the Sipsey Wilderness boundaries. Sipsey is the location of beautiful waterfalls.
Horseback Riders and hikers have a choice trails in the Sipsey Wilderness or the general forest area. There are 13.3 miles of trails in the wilderness that offer riders solitude and isolation as part of the wilderness experience. Hikers may also use these trails.
Black Warrior Trail
Take a leisurely day ride and explore the northeastern portion of the Bankhead National Forest. The 25-mile Black Warrior Horse Trail provide an opportunity to see the beautiful waterfalls, sandstone cliffs, deep gorges, majestic hardwood trees, wildflowers, and an abundance of birds and animals.
Forest Recreational Adventures
Facilities for camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, and swimming are abundant.
For your safety, plan to wear hunter orange when sharing a primitive environment with hunters.
Campgrounds / Primitive Camping
Camping is allowed during hunting season in the Bankhead National Forest. However, hunters must camp in designated hunterís camps and do not require camping permits. Non-hunters may camp in the general forest and wilderness but must obtain a permit from the Bankhead Ranger District Office. Primitive camping permits are required from November 15 to January 31 annually.
Bankhead Forest Ranger
Ranger Headquarters, 1070 Hwy 33 North, Double Springs, AL 35553;
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