Explore the most popular birding trails in William B Bankhead National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

nature trips
13 days ago

4 1/2 stars?
To me it seems a little over rated.
Good for camping but if you are wondering about a 1 day trip.. Think twice! You may regret it, we really do:/
We found 1 rattlesnake a pretty good size right on the trail just sitting there waiting for the next victim, I'm glad she made a noise other wise i probably would to have step on it. (Perfect camuflaje).
I think.. if one of those snakes get you, does it you are done.
Because you are not going to see any rangers or people near you, to at least help you kill the snake.,
• Not a single waterfall in 206.
•No cell phone signal.
So don't even think about calling 911..
In that place you are on your own be careful!
Now that you know the truth.. Go out there!, have some fun! And don't ask for help!

Personally, I'm not going back to this place since I'm not a camping person, but we do like trails., And the reason we took this one was because of the reviews. Not really what we were expecting to see.

Ps. At least leave a corn trail so you won't get lost on your way back

Raza si pasaron como yo, esto simplemente les traerá malas memorias no vayan

I just finished a 3 day camp from Sipsey Trailhead down 209 and finished at the end of 206 at Thompson Trailhead. 206 is a great camping trail and pretty easy to navigate. 209 was pretty rough with 50 lbs of camping and camera gear. Lots of down trees! Only saw one waterfall (Falls Creek) so go after a good rain if that’s one thing you’re looking for. Watch out for snakes, saw a rattler 3 feet from the trail....

Caney Creek is a great hike. Easy and always refreshing. Please always practice LNT Leave No Trace. Have fun hiking.

GREAT place to go camping!! Lots of cleared places near the water with a very short hike from parking to campsites. Plenty of privacy and trails to hike. One of our favorite places to take the kids and dogs and spend the night. Directions are a bit difficult. We seem to get lost at least twice every time we go.

1 month ago

easy/fun hike the waterfall has a pool that was about 3ft when we went but I've heard from some people that it gets up to 10ft when heavy rainfall happens. Cant wait to go back!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, quiet trail. This trail is easy, but oh so pleasant. It has fewer rocks and roots than is common for many area trails. It has been well-maintained with most, but not all, downed trees cleared off of the trail. It was so quiet - a very peaceful, mostly flat walk in the woods. The Magnolia leaves are as big as 2' on some of the many trees. I will be back when fall colors make this an even better trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Super Easy to get to. Black waters were safe, questionable but safe.

It is dirty there. People don’t take care of the place so you’ll see trash around. I walked on the trail and saw a ton of alcohol cans and boxes and McDonalds in the trees.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful place but amount of clothes and trash everywhere is disturbing. There no place to really park. The gravel/dirt road is just a little wider.

2 months ago

awesome place!

2 months ago

Not much of a hike but this is a great swimming hole. I went on Sunday, July 29 and there were quite a few people there. There are ledges where you can fling yourself into the water. The water is cold and clear.

I hiked in to the falls on July 29. The first mile or so is a logging road. Then you have a sandy trek through the woods. The last bit down to the water is quite steep. The falls are lovely and there is a nice swimming hole. The parking area is quite small.

2 months ago

Super fun swimming hole and great place to jump of a cliff

hiking
3 months ago

Note that the road to the trailhead turns from asphalt to gravel and after a rain, can contain significant ruts. I took my RV and had to back out of the area for about 200 feet in order to turn around.

Love the waterfall! There’s a place to swim and you can go behind the water fall! You can also jump off the top of the waterfall into the water below. There’s plenty of places to sit and relax. Only thing I can say is it’s rough to get down there....especially if you have small children. You have to be extremely careful going down and up. Can’t wait to go back when my kids are a bit older!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful spot.

nature trips
3 months ago

Beautiful waterfall and surrounding river area. Getting to the river from the road is a little steep and rocky and very slippery. I was glad we packed light and had water shoes. Nice beach spot to eat lunch. Got there at 11 AM on a Wednesday and had the place to ourselves for about an hour.

6-25-18. Trail closed. Logging operation in progress.

Still closed 6/24/18... haven’t been able to hike it yet

some of the markers where hard to see and I walked 2 miles past my turn so had to turn around and go back but in all a great place to hike.

I have yet to hike this trail. Went today (6-21/18) and the trail was closed to the public. I’m not sure if some of it was washed out but that’s what it looked like. Just a heads up! Gonna try again in a few weeks.

hiking
4 months ago

This route seems to have been created before the 2011 Super Outbreak that damaged/caused a few trails to be closed. A few of the trails this route suggests aren't on the trial map anymore. Trail 209 at route mile 19 no longer splits into 2 trails. A better option would be to jump on trail 207 at route mile 18.

The listed mileage for this route is inaccurate. By the time I had reached route mile 9, my recording was saying mile 11, so be aware. I improvised and went down trail 204, kept right where the trial splits, then left as it splits again onto East Bee Branch Canyon trail. From there I went left onto trail 209 and followed it until it met back up with the original route. This put me at 21 miles total and brought me to 3 separate waterfalls.

This route is best suited for a 3 day weekend, and is not a good over night trip unless you are an experienced backpacker who likes to put in long days.

Water is scare from route mile 8-14 so when you get to the wooden bridge at the County 3 trail head fill up all your bottles. Alternatively, you can hike down trail 204, then keep right when the trail splits to get you to a nice creek/waterfall, but that will add about 2 mile to the loop.

The only reason I'm giving this route 3 starts is due to the mileage being inaccurate, and it leading you to trails that are no longer officially listed. For an over night trip, I'd say this route is difficult, due to the long miles you'd need to put in, but a 2 night trip this hike is moderate.

the falls are a gorgeous cascading stair step, but it was very crowded and there were beer cans strewn in the creek.

Loved the hike. I carried my 5 yo twins and it was a little challenging. We decided to stay to the right of the trail and take the long way around. Took the other route on the way back. I was a little nervous walking up the side of the hill because the trail was so close to the edge. Just made sure I had a firm grip on the twins until we made it up. It’s a simple walk for the most part. The water fall was breathtaking. We will definitely hike this trail again.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Always one of my favorite places I can capture some great images up there.

Nice little hike. Very up and down, but not hard at all until you can hear the water where it drops down to the waterfall. So the hike out can be tough if you aren’t fit.

Always a favorite peaceful place and a good swimming hole for the kids in the summer.

hiking
6 months ago

Falls are right off road. I imagine this place is crowded in the summer. Volunteer group was there cleaning up trash...it's too easy to get to honestly.

beautiful place. the falls are great!

backpacking
6 months ago

Hiked this trail this April. We did the loop in about 3 days camping along the way. We went south starting at the Thompson Trail head and had a blast. There were a lot of campsites (few if none followed the 200 feet from trail/river rule). We also took a trail that only showed up on the view ranger app from the short jaunt on trail 204 on this map cutting southwest back to the Thompson Trail head. It was a bit harder to follow but also the coolest part of the trip.

hiking
6 months ago

I hiked this with my two boys (6 and 9) and we had a blast. The hike down to the falls was easy, back up it's steap but they ran up it most of the way. The falls were beautiful and we had a lot of fun hiking off trail around the area, mostly following the stream and skipping rocks.

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