Hike in Bankhead National Forest (AL) Feb. 24

Join Wild South for a hike in the Bankhead National Forest

Saturday, February 24

9:00 a.m. at the Wild South office, 552 Lawrence Street, Moulton, Alabama

Sign up at janice@wildsouth.org or 256-974-6166.  Advance sign-up is required.

Sougahoagdee Falls

Leader:  Tim Davis

Distance:  4.25 miles roundtrip

Level of challenge:  Moderately challenging

All ages are welcome

In winter, the hike to Sougahoagdee Falls is an immersion in the musicality of water.   Beginning  at the Brushy Creek bridge on Hickory Grove Road, we will follow Brushy Creek upstream, dipping in and out of coves that resonate with the sounds of falling, running, cascading water.  The sandstone canyon is saturated in deep green of hemlocks, mosses, ferns and hollies.

The trail is unmapped, unmaintained, rough and uneven.  There are brief instances of steep climbs up and down slopes and banks.  Expect to climb over/under fallen trees.  Stream crossings are narrow and shallow.  Those who sign up must be capable of hiking 4.5 miles in these conditions.

Bring a backpack with lunch, snacks, water.  A walking stick or trekking poles may be useful.

Wear clothing layered for winter hiking.  Footwear needs to be sturdy, water-repellent, warm, with lug soles for reliable traction on slippery, muddy, rocky terrain.  Wool socks are recommended.

Dogs on hikes:  Only dogs that are well-behaved, peaceable, that get along well with other dogs and humans are welcome on Wild South hikes.  Dogs must remain leashed and under owner’s control at all times.

After signing up, meet at the Wild South office, downtown Moulton, at 9:00 a.m.  See map link above.

Wild South hikes are free of charge but donations to our Alabama Outreach and Education Program, of which Bankhead and Sipsey hikes are a part, are gratefully accepted.  There will be a donation bucket on the picnic table in the Wild South office.  Thank you!