Explore the most popular Camping trails in Sipsey Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

rocky
12 days ago

Great hike, first part very easy, decent to falls a bit rocky and challenging. Not extremely well marked, but a very cool short hike in our opinion. really enjoyed our day there. Kinlock falls 5 minutes away and worth a quick stop on way out.Great view. . Safe hiking, have fun

This "hike" should definitely come with some pre-warning and explanation that there are no blazes. It is not a maintained trail because it is not an official trail that is recognized through the Forest Service. Good navigation skills are a must for this and please do not flag it with tape/ribbon. It's pretty straightforward if you follow the water.

Trail wasn’t marked. Got off several times. Waterfalls and scenery were great, but crossed creek many times. No way to get out with dry feet. Trail was more on the difficult side than moderate, with all the navigation around blow downs and such. Would make a great overnight hike as there are great camping spots.

The falls themselves are very nice but the trail once you get past the first fall isn’t clearly marked and your spend 75% of your time in the water crossing back and forth to keep off the bluffs but other then that I recommend it for adults no kids

Nice bluffs and rock formations. Numerous suitable camping spots.

backpacking
26 days ago

Heads up. Due to the drought, Sipsey River is barely flowing and creeks are dry. A burn ban is in effect so no campfires.

Great trail! We hiked in about 7.5 mikes and camped. The hike out was longer than expected. All in a very scenic hike. The trail has a lot of trails intersecting so the all trails pro app was vital to staying on track.

Beautiful hike. Definitely bushwhacking for parts of it but overall very fun.

Not a great hiking experience for me and my kids. The term “trail” is generous in describing this experience. If not for the AllTrails app, we would have gotten completely lost. Sipsey / Bankhead is a beautiful place, but we will stick to trails that are more heavily trafficked and better maintained in the future.

Great trail! GPS worked for the entire trail. The cemetery was historical and of great interest. We hiked this 5 days ago. No problems with ticks or mosquitoes. Very nice and peaceful trail. River crossing twice but was shallow this time of year. Many trees down on the trail.

Had a great trail run. Went to Big Tree first then Eye of the Needle. Made two shortcuts, one through eye of the needle that saved a little distance. Overall very nice. First 2 miles to big tree are not well marked but after that pretty easy to follow

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

First part is through a hardwood forest and then through a pine forest. There were many trees down across the trail but most were small and easy to step over. There were only 6 or 7 large trees that we had to scramble over. Unfortunately the waterfall was dry due to no recent rain. We could tell it would have been beautiful with water. We did not go on to the second waterfall since it was very steep and my husband has a bad hip.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
1 month ago

I knew going in it was unmarked and not a maintained trail. Please be sure you either download an offline map or have a paper map. There are some beautiful views and awesome waterfalls along this loop. Be prepared for wet feet along the way.

Just did this loop counter-clockwise as an overnight trip. Depending on when you want to climb the hill should really be the determine factor of which way you go. 206 is easy to follow with a good water source all along the way. I camped right around mile 3.5 on the map. There are camp sites dotted throughout here and I found it a good way to split up the loop to spend the night. Definitely do-able as a day hike and as it seemed, the first two miles (clock-wise) is marked with orange fluorescent tape as the trail would be tough to follow otherwise as others have said. The hike to the big tree is aways a nice work out, especially since I had my pack this time (blow-downs, up and down terrain) but always a delight.

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

We entered from the north end as scouting for a family camping trip and came through fat mans pass with no problem but turned back to camp up the hill under an over hang in the cliffs because it looked like rain.... it was 95 degrees. We set up camp . It was really dry and water almost non existent in the creek beds in places. The storm blew over but it’s a great option if there is rain. Later we came back out the north end because of the mud and carrying our packs through the pass, drove to the south entrance and went the other way, but lost the trail somewhere before we got to fat mans cave again. Might need a refresher on the markings . It was a great path with connections to other paths, a one holer and large parking lot at the south end. I’m sure it’s much better when there is water higher in the spring, and not so hot. It reminded us of North Ga. it would be 5 stars if the water was up more . The waterfall was nonexistent, and the little bit there was really mosquito slow moving and brackish in places. I’d hold off til it rains a lot.

hiking
off trail
over grown
1 month ago

204 was pretty much impossible to follow after the first mile due to the blowout and all the fall leaves. 206 was much nicer, easy to find. River was almost completely dry, possible to get water in some pools but not flowing anywhere

backpacking
blowdown
washed out
2 months ago

hiking
blowdown
rocky
2 months ago

hiked trailhead 208. me and my dad wanted to make it to the big tree, but wasn't enough time in the day. this trail is definately not as easy as trail head 206. I think next time we will just take 206, it's longer but man, the hike back out will be much easier.

hiking
bugs
over grown
scramble
2 months ago

Amazing trail to view wildlife on. As previously mentioned the markers are scarce and as you can see from my recording I got off trail several times. Overall good hike but exhausting when I expended energy losing and finding the trail again!

hiking
blowdown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

This has been my FAV place to hike & camp for years. recently the trail has been impacted by large fallen trees and bluff erosion specifically at the end causing it to be even more treacherous. take extreme caution after you cross the first falls going down the ridge, and if you want a life changing experience, carefully travel right to the large falls. please keep this special place sacred and leave no trace.

hiking
2 months ago

So worth the short hike in!

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