Cranal Road Cleanup in the Bankhead National Forest

The 24th annual National Public Lands Day is September 30, 2017. This is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands, aimed at connecting people to public lands in their community, inspiring environmental stewardship, and encouraging use of public lands for education, recreation and general health.

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Join Wild South in the Bankhead National Forest on this day to clean up roadside trash from the Cranal Road, which forms the southern boundary of the spectacular Sipsey Wilderness Area. This road is 10 miles long, so we will need lots of volunteers to help!

This will be a fun day, with a picnic lunch served midday at the Sipsey Recreation Area lower parking lot. This is a family friendly event, so please feel welcome to bring the kids! Many hands make light work, so the more volunteers we can recruit, the sooner we can finish the job after lunch and have time for a hike to one of the waterfalls along Sipsey Fork, if you so desire.

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Where: Meet at the Sipsey Recreation Area lower parking lot. That’s on the south side of Cranal Road at the Sipsey Fork bridge. The lower parking lot is across the old, wooden plank bridge.

When: Saturday, September 30, at 8:30 AM

What to bring: Gloves, sun protection, insect repellent, sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots(some of the roadside right-of-way is pretty steep), drinking water, snacks, a folding chair for the picnic.

If you can volunteer to bring a dessert to contribute to the picnic, please call or email Kim (contact info below) to let her know. Thanks!

How to sign up: Please sign up in advance (so we’ll be sure to have enough food for everyone at the picnic) by calling the Wild South office in Moulton at 256-974-6166 or by sending an email to  Kim at

Show your love for the Bankhead National Forest and sign up today!

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Wild South’s Helping Hands program is supported by:

  • The National Forest Foundation
  • The Walker Area Community Foundation
  • The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation
  • Individual donors, like you!

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