Sipsey Loop Trail is a 22.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Double Springs, AL that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
takes in the best areas of Sipsey Bees Branch, Sipsey Canyon This is a trail that requires a map and a good compass. Also keep in mind that there are many blow downs on even the most moderately windy day which poses a hazard when camping. The trails are unmarked staying with the forest services principle of making sipsey a true backwoods experience. There are several major landmarks including Ship Rock, Eye of the Needle, East Bees Branch Falls,the underground passage on TR200 and Fall Creek Falls. The overall trail includes several major stream crossings including Hubbard Creek, Thompson Creek, and the Sipsey River itself. The views of the Canyon are excellent. This route covers all the major landmarks within the Sipsey Wilderness area and provides several opportunities for off trail exploration. The trail on FS208 and FS224 also includes horse traffic and can be a struggle after rains due to the mud. The one back and forth on the trail is a short jaunt on TR204 that leads to East Bees Branch Falls.
The Sipsey Wilderness Trail 202 is commonly known as the Randolph Trail. From the Randolph Trailhead Trails 202 and 201 run together. Trail 202 turns left after about a quarter of a mile. This trail bisects the Johnson Cemetery about one mile in. After the cemeteries the trail narrows and begins a gradual climb. You will know you are getting close to the Sipsey River when you enter a Hemlock forest. It is gorgeous! The trail begins to descend to the Sipsey River through a Mountain Laurel thicket. In late Spring this bushes have the most beautiful hexagon shaped blossoms!
Campsites are far and few between along this trail. At the trails end along the river you will find several that are quite nice. There is ample firewood because of tornado damage, but please only make a fire if necessary and only in established fire rings. The only water to be found on this trail is along the river.
Please keep your dogs leashed because of the feral hog population that is infected with the pseudorabies virus. The virus is fatal to dogs and cats. Please observe Leave No Trace principles to help preserve this beautiful forest for fellow visitors and future generations. It is such a treasure!
Please be advised that Boy Scout troops frequent this trail.