Bankhead National Forest Hike, July 6

 

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Sipsey Fork

Saturday, July 6

9:30 a.m.

The July 6 hike will be to a place on the Sipsey Fork that was the site of an old bridge.   The crossing here is shallow with swimming holes, a sand beach, abundant aquatic life and lush, deep forest.  Before swimming and having a picnic lunch on the riverbank, hikers will be led into a sandstone canyon with a tributary that flows into Sipsey.  In the cool, shady canyon are tall, intricately textured bluff walls, rock shelters and a waterfall.  The pool at the base of the waterfall is inhabited by a variety of species of salamanders.   This is a wet hike!

  • Meet-up time is 9:30 a.m. at the Warrior Mountains Trading Company (directions below).
  • The hike is rated “moderate” and will be appropriate for all ages and most abilities.  Distance is around  2 miles, roundtrip.  Leaders will be Wild South volunteers Julia and Joe Bright.
  • Group size is limited and advance sign-up is required.  You can do that HERE and now.
  • Bring a backpack with lunch, snacks and water.  If severe allergic reaction to insect stings is an issue, remember your Epi-Pen!
  • Wear clothes comfortable for hiking and for being in water in case spirit moves you to dip into a swimming hole!  Shoes must be sturdy with tread that can keep you safe on slick rocks – very slick rocks!
  • After signing up, meet at the Warrior Mountains Trading Company at 11312 AL Hwy. 33, Moulton, AL, at the intersection of Highways 33 and 36.  Park on the south end of the building and come into the store.  Gather at the Wild South picnic table toward the back of the store, where the wild things are, at 9:30 a.m.  to meet Julia and Joe and work out carpooling.

Wild South hikes are free of charge, but your donation to our Bankhead programs will be gratefully received and put to work right here in our beloved forest!  Thank you.

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