Best camping trails in Sipsey Wilderness, Alabama

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#1 - Borden Creek Hiking Trail
Sipsey Wilderness
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
Great for kids and beginners because there is no hiking over the hills. The trail is very well worn and easily identified. There were many people hiking and some camping along the trail. Parking at the southern end requires a $5 parking fee. When starting at the southern end of the trail do not cross the wooden bridge connecting the 2 parking lots. The southern end of the trail starts at the first parking lot and crosses under the large concrete bridge to the right. The trail follows the creek with beautiful views of the water. There are many rock outcroppings with several rock over hangs with water falls. There is a popular part of the trail called fat man's squeeze - a section of the trail that goes through a rock fall creating a short "cave" section. Large packs will have to be removed to navigate. There are no official permanent campsites. There were many well-worn campsites that could be seen all along the trail. The north end of the trails ends at an old road and bridge crossing over Borden Creek. You can park at both ends and hike one direction. However, the parking at the north end is not located at the north end of the trail. Parking is approximately 0.5 miles up the hill along the closed paved road.Show more
#2 - Big Tree Short Cut Loop and Needles Eye
Sipsey Wilderness
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
Note: Users have reported that this is a challenging route that is not marked well. It's easy to get off course and there is no cell phone service here, so downloading the map ahead of time is advised. Also, tell family and friends where exactly you plan to be and create a contingency plan. Users have reported that this route may cross through private property. This hike takes the shortest route to the Big Tree and then a slightly longer but easier route looping back. Going clockwise, the shortcut turns into Whiteoak Hollow and then crosses over the hill to Bee Branch. This route is called the Outlaw Trail by some. The ascent of the hill follows a creek up a draw, past a small waterfall, past the creeks beginnings, to the crest of the hill. At the crest the trail intersects an old road bed. Turn left on the old road bed and start looking for the trail to turn off to the right. The trail descending follows a draw that becomes a creek. The trail has several nice waterfalls. There is a technical area where you have to scramble down some ledges and cross a large rock fall. This can be accomplished with packs by experienced hikers. The trail then follows Bee Branch downstream to the mouth of Big Tree Hollow. There are many fallen trees heading up the draw to the Big Tree. There are two waterfalls close to Big Tree. After the Big Tree, the trail backtracks to Bee Branch and then follows the Bee Branch downstream to Thompson Creek. This trail gets users to the tree by the quickest though most strenuous hike while you are fresh, then it takes a longer but easier trail back while you are tired. Users can shave a little distance off by cutting through Needles Eye on the way back. Show more
#3 - Parker Falls Trail
Sipsey Wilderness
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 51 m
Roughly a one mile hike to the first waterfall. Climb down past the cascades, and then head up Parker Branch to find the larger waterfall. There were a few small trees down on the trail, but nothing really worth mentioning. There isn't a whole lot of elevation change to deal with either, until you reach the water, then you will need to climb down a short distance.Show more
#4 - Deer Skull Falls and Wolfpen Falls Loop
Sipsey Wilderness
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
Many water crossings so expect to get wet, especially during spring/early summer. Lots of waterfalls to see, great campsites. Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well.Show more
#5 - Sipsey Trail 206 to Needles Eye
Sipsey Wilderness
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
This is a good hike for beginners along Thompson Creek. The short trail has minor ups and downs around creek crossings, but does not cross over any hills. You begin at the Thompson Creek Trailhead. Parking is just before an old wooden decked steel truss bridge. You then cross the bridge and turn right to the beginning of TR 206. The trail then follows along Thompson Creek south to Needles Eye. There are many beautiful views of the creek. There are several side trails that follow rocky creeks if you turn right (heading in). These can be confusing but always go left for the main trail when heading in. TR 206 continues past Needles Eye so you to look for it on the left. When you see the rock bluffs on the left you need to look for an unmarked trail to the left. There is a well used camping area on the left on a short rise where the trail splits. The trail to Needles Eye goes through this campsite. There are several paths leading up to Needles Eye. Just wonder on one of the paths leading up. Needles Eye is formed from a narrow area of a hill making a peninsula with cliffs facing out on each side. Long ago the cliffs on each side narrowed together so much they collapsed. Part of the rock fall created an Eye that can be crossed through to get to the other side of the hill. Also in this area next to Needles Eye is what is known as Ship Rock. If, from a distance, you look at the non broken cliff end next to Needles Eye it will look like the bow of a ship. Once you cross over, the other side of the hill is very well worn between the cliffs and the creek. There are many paths covering the area. This side is a great place to rest, listen to the creek rapids, and play on the giant boulders. Great place for kids to play.Show more
#6 - Randolph and Sipsey Loop Trail
Sipsey Wilderness
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
There are two creek crossings on this trail. Show more
#7 - Bunyan Hill Wild Horse/Wagon Trail Loop
Sipsey Wilderness
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Length: 12.6 mi • Est. 5 h 33 m
#8 - Sipsey Loop Trail
Sipsey Wilderness
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Length: 13.5 mi • Est. 6 h 1 m
Lovely secluded area, waterfall, THE BIG TREE, views of sipsey canyon. 204 has basically ceased to exist south of the sidetrail to East Bees Branch falls. It definitely requires bush whacking and a lot of compass work. The features on this trail are amazing, East bees branch falls is well worth the hike and toward the southern end there are some beautiful and secluded areas. HOWEVER, south of the side trail to the falls the trail becomes impassible in places and requires a huge amount of care and patience. The sheer number of blow downs (more than 50 percent of the pines) creates a dagger like maze of snags and brambles.Show more
#9 - Randolph Wild Hiking Trail (202)
Sipsey Wilderness
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
#10 - Sipsey Wilderness Loop Trail
Sipsey Wilderness
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Length: 24 mi • Est. 10 h 43 m
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