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We started the trail, headed to the left (clockwise) and it wasn’t well marked nor very worn in some parts. Many old trees are down across the path. We went mid Feb after a few days of rain and the water was fairly high and we ended up switching across the creek frequently. Wear good waterproof shoes :) Beautiful sights, great photos and overall a trail we will try again but headed in the other direction next time.

We took a route clockwise and it was great. The rocks and water fall after crossing the ridge were great. It was wet and the creek was flooded since rain was there day before. We had to cross the creek several times and there was no way to keep my shoes dry. But every one in my team loves it very much.

hiking
6 days ago

loved it. lots of scrambling to get to two other falls further down/up stream. totally worth it!

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muddy
rocky
6 days ago

hiking
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scramble
6 days ago

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blowdown
6 days ago

I highly recommend this trail. Absolutely beautiful. Would not go without hiking shoes and hiking stick. Cascading Falls. Below falls and to the right is another falls and a beautiful rock formation. Did not find anything to the left. Crossed creek several times.

hiking
16 days ago

It's a good little hike! The waterfall is beautiful! Didn't have any trouble keeping up with the trail..

We took our 4 kids and at times was a little difficult for them. However it’s really pretty and we all had fun. Like others we ran out of time but we did see several waterfalls. We will definitely go back.

Cool waterfall at the end of 202. 201 can sneak up on you if you don't pay attention. Bring a towel and chacos. Beautiful scenery unlike other trails I've hiked in AL.

Beautiful trail that we ended up taking as an alternate route. Hiked in from the southern parking lot up to Bee Branch on Friday night, camped through a thunderstorm, enjoyed a day of hiking on Saturday, and came back to much higher Borden creek on Sunday morning. I wasn't comfortable with the idea of taking a swim, so we went up the west side of the trail, crossed at the bridge, and came back down the east side. It was a nice trail and a good alternative to drowning

My favorite trail to date. A true wilderness. Did this loop in January, round 40 degrees, did not realize I would have to cross the Sipsey twice on this loop. Know you’re going to have to get a little wet out there, but that’s part of the adventure. Randolph was fairly boring till you get closer to Sipsey from there, the whole time your traversing along the River, there’s consistently something to see and something to maneuver. Really wonderful trail, I’ll be back to Sipsey very soon!

hiking
1 month ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our day hike today, despite the rain. We entered at the Braziel trailhead and took 223 - 208 - 224 - 204. Because of the rain and that it was our first time we missed the tree and carried on for about another mile till we backtracked and found what we were looking for. Don’t know how we missed it - it’s huge! We hike often, so this was a long but fairly easy trail. All in all we did 9.7 miles. Cold and wet at the end but happy with our adventure. We can’t wait to come back in the spring.

I loved it, but I also love crossing creeks.

Amazing. Sipsy wilderness ranks up on the top of my hike list. Started off towards Needle's eye and it, simply put is mind blowing. Very easy to lose the trail after that. we did the rest of the loop but had to rely on GPS to find the trail in several spots, especially in the big elevation gain near end/beginning no markings but so worth the loop. lol missed big tree. We saw a huge one though and thought it was it. We totaled 8.3 miles took 7h 53 m to complete.

Easy hike to the falls, a little steep going down to the bottom of the falls. I will be going back

Decided to do this hike in January after many days of heavy rains. Wanted to check out waterfalls. This is not for beginner's. There is no marked trail. I basically followed the creek to see the falls. The terrain is rugged, steep, and very difficult. I Parked across Co Rd. 6 from Wolf Pen Camp Road. Begin my trek off an old road going through the woods. I begin at 11 a.m. and about 2 miles in I knew I wouldn't complete the loop before dark. Turned around and headed back out. I would not suggest doing this alone. Scenery is gorgeous. I would go again, just start earlier or plan to camp.

backpacking
1 month ago

A really great trail. The falls are tiered! Follow the creek past parker falls and take a left at the fork. You will find a fifty foot water fall!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous waterfalls. Trail isn’t marked at all. My son and I are novice hikers. We got a little turned around on the way back and it took us a while to locate the trail. Even with all of that, I consider this a must see/do. Beautiful!

We went after a 2 day rain. The trail was messy as expected, but we all kinda knew it was going to be. The waterfalls were really moving due to all the rain. Just a side note.... There is a waterfall on the right side in the valley, (near Sipsey river) We heard it and started the hunt. I will upload a picture of that one. Then backtrack to get back on the trail and go sharp left to the main one that is on the map.

Great hike.

hiking
1 month ago

A few trees to step over. Trail was well worn but nice walk. Waterfalls we flowing very nice. Able to climb to bottom one with trekking poles and back up to bottom of first one. Worth the trip if you are in the area

Fun trail with multiple water crossings. The first few miles aren't too exciting, but once you get to the first water crossing you begin to parallel the river which is very pretty. The trail was hard to find 2 or 3 times, which made us glad we had a gps app. Clocked in at 9.1 miles. Very little elevation change. Finished in right around 4 hours including a 30 min lunch break.

Great place to hike I’ve been hiking there for 16 years

I called the National Forest Service and they said that since Sipsey Wilderness is part of Bankhead Wildlife Management Area (hunting is allowed) and Bankhead National Forest, they do not “promote” day use, as such, at least not to the extent as some forests. There is a small team of trail volunteers that had to go through forestry training in order to provide maintenance to the trails. For example, no gas chainsaws are permitted and all trees must be cut with hand saws, if they are allowed to be cut at all. Also, NO BLAZING OF, NOR ON, TREES. And I am guessing that the trail post numbering are probably a curtesy of the volunteers and not the Forest Service. So if you are wondering why the trails are so primitive or seem unkempt, this is why.

Beautiful fall foliage! From a hiking standpoint, this trail was challenging. It wasn’t well-marked and we traveled through some heavy brush. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the waterfalls - mainly because we were running out of daylight. Bankhead is one of my favorite places to hike - maybe just not this particular trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful trail l! Not too much climbing hills, but there are some great obstacles from squeezing through fat mans squeeze to crossing a small stream. Borden Creek is on one side and some rocky cliffs on the other side.

Trail was a great trail but hard to follow at times. We lost the trail several times and fortunately our gps kept it's signal so we were able to stay on course. I wouldn't recommend doing this trail without gps. It was a challenge but definitely worth it. Allow at least 6 to 8 hours to complete this trail as it is actually 11.6 miles for the whole trail.

Trail was not marked and was pretty much non existent. We hiked for 2 miles and was not able to follow any kind of trail or find the waterfalls. We turned back because we were running out of light. I wouldn't recommend trying this trail unless you had a lot of time and don't mind walking through moderate brush on steep terrain.

backpacking
3 months ago

Awesome place .We have been here several times but on this weekend we did a 3 day hike ..We started at the Randolf trailhead .Took the 202,209,and the 200 the first day .In which we figured was around 9.5 miles to where we camped for the night ..The next morning we finished the 200 to the 224,204,204b and then set up camp at the crossing with the 209..We figured this to be around 9.5 miles as well ..This spot next to the river is, in my opinion, the best camp spot Ive found In the Sipsey.. The next morning we packed up and followed the 209 to the 201...Finding the 201 is pretty tough if youve never been here.. Signs are not real clear here ..The trail ,once you cross the river an go right for about 40 yards , will actually go left straight up the hill on the other side ..The beginning of the 201 is a tough one too, but fun and beautiful like all the others here .The 201 took us back to the truck .For what we figured to be around 6 miles ,making the total trip around 24 to 25 miles and the end of an awesome weekend ..Each trail on this loop is unique in its own way..I would say of all these trails ,the 224 would be an easy trail (especially if you went south east on it..It all be down hill ) ..The 204b would be the hardest by far .It can test you for sure .One of my favorites so far . I will definately be back .And looking foward to doing more of the nothern trails ..

Me and my 8 year old son hiked this loop. There were some deadfalls in Whiteoak hollow and in the canyon leading to Big Tree. Being a wet summer the creeks were still full in June and the waterfalls were flowing. After hiking over the hill and heading down leads past some beautiful waterfalls. After hiking to the Big Tree and playing in the creek we were glad to take the longer but a lot easier route out. My 8 year old did not want to cross back over the hill. To me this is the best route to the big tree due to it short length and beautifull scenery. If you have the stamina it can be shorter by just hiking back over the hill as you came in. The trail up Whiteoak Hollow and over the hill was well worn for not being an official trail. The trail took us just under 6 hours. That is with a couple of rests, a good bit of time spent playing in the water at the big tree, and about 45 minutes cooling off in Thompson Creek next to Needles Eye.

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