“In the canyons of the Sipsey, abundant water and sheltering walls enclose an island of the past. Sheer sandstone cliffs, crowned with mountain laurel and filled with rare ferns and wildflowers rear 100 feet above the steep valley slopes. Hundreds of waterfalls cascade down the rock walls or plunge to the valley floor. Numerous rock shelters occur throughout the approximately 30 miles of gorges, and monstrous boulders lie shattered at the bases of the great cliffs.”
From Mary Burks’ testimony before Congress in the 1960’s in advocacy for the Sipsey Wilderness
Join us on July 29 for a hike in a cool, wet canyon of the Sipsey Wilderness.
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Meet-up place: Wild South office, 552 Lawrence Street, Moulton, Alabama
SIGN UP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-974-6166
Group size is strictly limited and advance sign-up is required
Leader: Janice Barrett
Level of Challenge: Strenuous, for experienced hikers only
Distance: Approx. 4.5 miles roundtrip
Ages 10 and over
Parker Branch is located on the western side of the Sipsey Wilderness. The 1 mile approach to the branch is a ridge walk through pines until the trail steeply and precipitously descends into the canyon, which is a cool haven of Eastern hemlock forest. From there, the hike follows Parker Branch with frequent crossings and some briefly steep climbs.
Be prepared for creek crossings, very slippery rocks, summer heat, ticks, stinging insects.
Footwear must be sturdy and protective with reliable tread for slick rocks and creekbed and steep terrain.
Bring a backpack with lunch, snack and PLENTY OF DRINKING WATER. A walking stick helps with creek crossings.
Bring Epi-Pen if needed for severe reaction to insect bites or stings
DOGS ON WILD SOUTH HIKES: Well-behaved, socialized, non-threatening dogs may come on Wild South hikes but must be leashed at all times.
Anti-TICK protection. Here is our recommendation: To guard against ticks, we recommend permethrin products that you spray on your clothes, not on skin, such as Permanone by Repel or Sawyers. This stuff needs to dry on your clothes for 4 hours before you put them on. It has no smell and it really works, unlike most things.
Wild South hikes are free of charge because we want people to get out there and get to know their forest! There will be a donation bucket on the picnic table in the Wild South office. All donations directly support our programs. Thank you for your support!
Wild South’s next hike in the Bankhead National Forest will be August 5. To stay informed about hikes, volunteer opportunities and advocacy, get on our e-mail list by sending a message to email@example.com.