Borden Creek Hiking Trail

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Borden Creek Hiking Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Haleyville, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.9 miles
196 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running







wild flowers



bridge out



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. The water falls were mostly a trickle. There is a popular part of the trail called fat man's squeeze. It 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.

3 months ago

I hiked about 2.5 miles of the trail (trail #200) yesterday from south to north, starting at the Sipsey trailhead and thought it was a great hike. The bluffs and outcroppings were magnificent and one could easily visualize our native Americans, and peoples before, using the area for shelter and subsistence.

3 months ago

I hiked the 209 at the cranal road outside parking lot .... i wasnt sure if you were suppose to pay 3 bucks to park there or if only to cross the wooden bridge and use that lot ...... any ways it follows it the creek for little bit then curves in to some bluff walls with a small water fall or 2 then goes back to the creek ...... it was moderate id say........ i saw a dead copperhead someone was kind enough to lay right where you would reach to grab the rock for support

3 months ago

If someone has mentioned this trail crosses Borden Creek I missed it, and after all the spring rains, it was a hazardous crossing.

4 months ago

had a great hike loved passing through the cave

4 months ago

This is a great hike. We hiked it with 5 children ages 9 and 7. Going north we walked right side of creek. Kids liked going through the cave. I climbed up and over. once to the bridge we crossed over and came south on the opposite side of creek. Keeping it changed up so the kids didn't have to back track and possibly bored. Crossed over the creek to get back on original trail. great beginner trail and the children did great.

5 months ago

This is a wonderful hike with a beautiful creek on one side and a great rock face to the other side. The "cave" can be a challenge for folks carrying a large pack (it will have to be removed) and anyone who has a little bit to their midsection might have a tough time getting through. It is a fun hike that has the potential of being made into a longer over-night trip by linking up with other trails in the Sipsey area.

Beware: the trails are not well defined and you will need a map in order to stay in the right direction. It is easy to get lost in Sipsey, so be sure to have solid directions.

7 months ago

Excellent write up for this hike: it was just as described. I hiked it today (Christmas Eve) and only passed two other hikers the entire time. I started at the southern end, paid my fee, and set off with my pup. Fellow hikers left a nice message on the trail (see pics). This is an easy hike with lots of nice views, outcroppings, and waterfalls.

8 months ago

We started at the southern end and hiked north. The southern end parking is a fee area of $5. Great for kids and beginning hikers. No steep long hills to climb. My 8 year old hiked it with a day pack. He was wore out and said his feet were sore at the end. He is used to hiking. We hiked north and then back. I kept him on track and was trying to be quick heading north. My GPS showed 2.88 miles. On the way back I let him play and we took some side detours. My GPS showed 3.44 miles on the way back. For a total of 6.32 miles. I can't see the round trip being 5 miles especially with any stops. Also if you start at the north end of the trail as the "Getting There" directs you, parking is about 0.5 miles (according to google earth) from the trail head. Making the hike even longer. We saw many people on the trail. It was a Saturday. I am planning on bringing my younger son and hiking it one way. He loved the rock bluffs and overhangs. It would be a great place to let the kids wade in the water in the summer.

8 months ago

Trail was not difficuult but nice wooded trail in the sipsey wilderness. The trail appeared to be well traveled but only say 2 hikers on the trip. it is a point to point trail but you can fork off on trail number 207 easily if you want to make it a longer hike. The creek was in view for most of the hike with rock cliffs and caves a long the way. We hiked in early November and the weather was gorgeous!

10 months ago

One of my favorite camping places. Easy enough that I have taken my 5 year old niece camping off the trail.

10 months ago

it's recommend to buy a map at the ranger station

10 months ago

Mostly flat as it follows along the river. There is only a few campsites along the river, mostly near 224 and 203/207.
It is well shaded. A few small waterfalls.

11 months ago

Clicking "Directions" in this app did not take us to the Borden Creek Trailhead. Rather, it took us to the Sipsey River Trailhead on Co Rd 60. Do not trust this app.
Yeah, I know... I should have looked up directions in advance instead of simply trusting the GPS.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Do not cross the bridge at Borden Creek at attempt to hike S on the unmarked trail on the W side of the creek. It's a nightmare of a trail. After parking at the Borden Creek Trailhead, follow the gravel road to the left which leads you to the bridge at Borden Creek. For some "brilliant" reason, the 200 Trail sign is set back in the woods at the beginning of the trail which you'll never see. Just before the bridge there is an entry point to the left where the actual 200 Trail begins. It's a very hike-able trail which has nice overlooks of Borden Creek as you head S.
There are numerous downed log obstacles to cross in addition to slick muddy ditches. This trail is not recommended for anyone with disabilities or injuries.
There's a point in the trail where you have to hike through a small cave for about 25 yards named "Fat Man's Squeeze" but it's not very difficult to fit through. Backpacks and equipment need to be taken off beforehand. Use a flashlight, headlamp, or cell phone flashlight to see your way through the cave. It's actually a pretty fun experience. There are magnificent cliffs and small waterfalls to see along the hike. If you want to join the 209 Trail, it requires a moderate creek crossing which was barely over knee level on (June 25th). There are no trail markers to know where the 209 trail is located. How you know you're there is Borden Creek joins the Sipsey Fork with the Sipsey flowing W. An easier route is to start your hike at the 200 Trail beginning on Cranal Road, it's only a 0.5 mi hike to the 209 junction according to the trail maps. These woods have mosquitos and ticks so put on repellent beforehand. I found a tick on my shin yesterday after completing the hike. It's very easy to get lost in this forest so carry a good map and know where you're going. We didn't see any snakes the entire day which is always comforting. They're there however, so don't ever underestimate a potential sighting or encounter with a Copperhead, Cottonmouth, or Rattlesnake in the Bankhead National Forest & Sipsey River areas. By taking trekking poles you can reduce the wear and tear on your body tremendously. Ankle high hiking boots are highly recommended. It makes stepping on uneven surfaces so much easier and can help prevent a sprained ankle.
Have plenty of water with you and snacks, You'll be in the forest a lot longer than you plan for. It's the unprepared folks who think hiking in the Bankhead is a piece of cake and get themselves into compromising positions deep into the woods. Tell someone where you're parked and what your trail route will be. This area can be a whole lot of fun so enter the woods prepared to ensure you'll be exiting the way you hoped and planned!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Fun trail. Good rock structures.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Fun trail. Good rock structures.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Very good

Friday, March 17, 2017

Great hike, plenty to look at and some minor obstacles such as through a cave and crossing a small stream.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Did this trail with some friends years ago and loved it. Lots of climbing and exploring to be done. Can't wait to take my sons back.

Monday, February 13, 2017

As you can probably see, I didn't actually do the trail itself. I explored the opposite side of the road. I crossed the bridge after I parked and explored some of the bluffs past the picnic area. My pace was extremely slow due to climbing around so much. The opposite side of the river has some bluffs I'd like to get to some other time. If you don't mind going off the beaten path, you won't mind it. There is somewhat of a trail to follow both along the bluffs as well as beside the river. I met one other couple on this south side of Cranal Rd as I was coming out. This whole area has plenty of sights to see. Can't wait to go back.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Took my wife and son out on this trail after the rains this past weekend. There's a bunch of waterfalls to see after the rains. My son loved the fat man squeeze part.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Love this place. I take beginners here because of the ease and the scenery. If you pick this place to backpack/hike for the first time you will find a love for the outdoors

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Awesome scenery!! On one side huge towering cliffs and coves and on the other side the sipsey river!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Might should be rated moderate. First .5 miles pretty steep down hill. So the return when you are tired I s a steep up hill .5 mile trek. The trail was nice, but not much other than nature to see. Lots of use by horses. Trees across trails need to be cleared.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Very fun day !! Great scenery!!!

Friday, June 24, 2016

I was not aware that the small cave in the big boulder that sits in the middle of the trial went all the way through. Go through it! it is easier than going over or around the Boulder

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Love this trail! Beautiful scenery (follows Borden creek) nice camping sites, and the "cave" is an adventure my boys love exploring. So, make sure you bring flashlights/headlamps. Also, found some fossils while exploring the bluffs. Can be a bit crowded especially on weekends.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

We hiked this trail and part of another trail(not sure what number the other trail was). Met friendly people on the trail. The only thing was we did not know about the little cave that you walk through to get past a mound of rocks. The first time we went over. We found out about the cave going back through. We will go back! Our next goal is to try the 209. The water was to high to get to the trail.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


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