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Borden Creek Hiking Trail

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Sipsey Wilderness

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.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 196 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

muddy

rocky

fee

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.

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bugs
17 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

I loved this trail! Will definitely bring a hammock on the next trip. We made it through fat mans squeeze and make sure to look up to see the double water fall above. On the way back we wadded through the creek. Will definitely go back!

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fee
1 month ago

This is a GREAT trail for a late start camping trip or a shorter, easier hike in, set up trip. There is a $3 fee per day. Don’t forget that. And parking is packed. This trail is relatively easy. There are several downed trees you’ll have to cross, a few rocky creek beds with steep inclines. I can’t attest to the trail all the way to the falls as we stopped a mile in and set up camp. There are several spots to camp! Two just inside the trail, keep going! Those are good, but there are better ones further in. We had two full hammock setups with rain fly’s. So good spots for hammock camping and a large site that would be good for multiple tents not far from the one we were on. There’s a wonderful spot for this in front of a huge cliff face which was fun to explore!

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1 month ago

We got waterlogged today in the pouring down rain. Awesome

hiking
1 month ago

This is a pretty moderate hike but there are lots of beautiful scenery! Make sure the wear shoes with good traction. Also, keep an eye out for snakes. We will definitely go back!

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muddy
1 month ago

2 months ago

hiked here this past weekend. Had a blast. I will say that the "early bird gets the worm" . Parking got tight and place was packed when i finished. Oh and Fat man squeeze was fun

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2 months ago

Nice, shady trail. We hiked about halfway in and then returned due to time. We had originally meant to go to Fall Creek Falls, but realized we took a wrong turn after crossing the creek. We will definitely hike Bankhead Forest again soon.

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muddy
2 months ago

Fun day, muddy and slick in spots. Hiked from south parking area to fat man squeeze which was 2.7 miles, then turned around and hiked back to the lot.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail! The waterfall is amazing!

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blowdown
muddy
washed out
2 months ago

we went backpacking this past weekend and took our 4 kids. They are 4, 4, 6, and 9. We hiked in from the south to the campsite before the cave. We had a stream beside us and the creek in front of us. It was a gorgeous site but right on the trial. With all the rain it was SO muddy but the kids for the most part loved it. As a mama however it was scary at times. Some of the trial was washed away and very narrow with a drop off. We will go back here for sure. There are a lot of camping spots along the trail. Some are bigger than others.

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muddy
2 months ago

Weather was beautiful today, but trail was very muddy and slippery from rain and flooding earlier in the week. Creek crossing half way through requires scrambling through brush to go upstream a bit to where a log is across the creek. That was extra challenging today with all the slippery mud.

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muddy
2 months ago

The Sipsey Wilderness never disappoints. This trail follows the Sipsey River and passes through old, beautiful, and mossy Forrest growth. Trees are growing on top of rocks, and their roots are amazing! The waterfalls are a bonus, and fat man squeeze is super cool. As a caver, I appreciated that section. There is one fairly deep creek crossing if water levels are high. You can possibly check the level of Sipsey River on American Whitewater to get a gauge on how high Borden Creek is. I would imagine you can look up the water levels of Borden Creek as well. The trail is VERY muddy, especially after a good rain. Dress appropriately. I have Altra RSMs and they were perfect shoes for the occasion.

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3 months ago

Nice trail good views. Well kept. Not marked extremely well but it is very easy to navigate lending no major need for markers.

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3 months ago

Great trail - tool my two kids, nephew, and doggie aged 12-15. Creek was beautiful and terrain was great. Got a few ticks. Fat Man’s Squeeze was no joke!

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muddy
3 months ago

Great trail. Multiple waterfalls.very muddy.

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Another great trail in Bankhead. The trail is easy to follow. It rained a ton the day before, so it had some muddy spots, but not a big deal. Only spot that was hard to navigate was Fat Man’s Squeeze due to the mud. Crossing the creek wasn’t bad either. There is a log with a rope that can be used to cross or you can take off your shoes and cross in a shallow part. Love the views and an overall great hike.

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3 months ago

We like this trail. It’s great for beginners and kids of all ages.

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muddy
3 months ago

To find this trail, I will reiterate from the description above: "When starting at the southern end of the trail do not cross the wooden bridge connecting the two parking lots. The southern trailhead starts at the upper parking lot and crosses under the large concrete bridge to the right." (There is a bathroom at the upper trailhead parking lot.) Great trail! Lots of water falls coming over the rock ridge. The creek was quite green (I'm assuming from minerals). It was nice to have deep creek on the left and multiple water falls on the right. There were some muddy patches, but no big deal. We made a large jump to cross the creek (my daughters walked a log). Beautiful flowers in the small meadow across the creek -- would be a good spot for a break, or lunch. The big rocks at Fat Man's Squeeze were fun. Much climbing around, and the squeeze is definitely a cool section. Not many others on the trail today. Lovely temperature, and we beat the rain!

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flooded
muddy
6 months ago

Beautiful hike but had to turn around at creek crossing. 5-6 ft high creek bed wall to scale in order to get to other side with much slippery mud. May be easier when dryer but still don’t see an easy way to cross.

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flooded
muddy
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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

The scenery is beautiful just about anywhere in here, but the only issues I had were that the trail was difficult to find at first and that the river wasn’t able to be crossed due to it raining so much recently. In other areas, you can cross by wading through, but this particular spot we ended at had too steep of a bank to crawl up. Still a wonderful hike with a reasonable amount of traffic.

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muddy
6 months ago

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