Hike in Bankhead National Forest, April 7

Hike with Wild South in the Bankhead National Forest to a new (to us) part of Wiggins Hollow

Saturday, April 7

9:30 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.

Hike to Wiggins Hollow (a new route)

Leader:  Robert Howell

Distance:  Approx. 4 miles roundtrip

Level of challenge:  Challenging

All ages welcome

There is lots to see and learn on this hike, which will take place in the northeastern section of the Bankhead National Forest.  Wiggins Hollow was the long-time land of hike leader Robert Howell’s family so Robert is knowledgeable of the history of the area.  Robert is a volunteer hike leader, Helping Hands volunteer and volunteer wilderness ranger for Wild South.

The Wiggins Hollow hike is one that we lead regularly, but this time hikers will be guided in a new direction to a different part of the hollow.  This new hike is longer and more challenging than the familiar route.

Hikers will see running creeks, springs, waterfalls, cascades and spring wildflowers. No trail, several stream crossings and a steep climb up a drainage make this hike more challenging.  

The Forest Service Road that leads into Wiggins Hollow for the last half mile is very rough and gullied.  Higher clearance vehicles (SUV or pick up truck) are necessary.  If you don’t have one, carpool from the office with someone who does, or hop in with someone upon arrival at the road.

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

Wear clothing layered according to the weather forecast.  Footwear needs to be sturdy, water-repellent, with lug soles for reliable traction on slippery, muddy, rocky terrain.  Wool socks are recommended.  Watch the weather forecast and prepare accordingly.

Dogs on hikes:   Dogs are not allowed on this hike.

After signing up, meet at the Wild South office, downtown Moulton, at 9:30 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!