Sipsey Big Tree is a 8.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hickory Grove, 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 but must be kept on leash.

8.5 miles
528 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


2 months ago

Great Trail

8 months ago

I’ve hiked this from numerous trailheads. Thompson is the easiest. If you were on horse trails you started at Borden TR and took 224 Bunyan Hill which is hamstrings going north and a shin-breaker going south...or Thompson and took NW Road. You won’t see anything spectacular on those routes. The best route as far as waterfalls and ease is Sipsey TH past Parker Falls to Big Tree. It’s longer but has better views. Anyone who sets out to see the Big Tree on a day hike is either ill-informed or training for an Ironman. There are shortcuts but, unless you’ve been out there for years, best to stick to the marked trails.

9 months ago

I loved this trail! It was towards the end of the summer when I went, so the shade of the trees was wonderful. The hardest part was climbing over the rocks to get to the tree.

9 months ago

long grueling trail for day trip... next trip planning to camp then hike back out next morning.. not very pretty until you get to the big tree and waterfall..

10 months ago

Not very scenic due to the horse trails. The destination it very scenic though. The road to access is very muddy. 4x4 is a must.

11 months ago

I have hiked this route and the shorter outlaw trail as well. Both hikes are moderate and a great hiking experience. There are a couple of waterfalls behind the Big Tree. Our local Cub Scouts (7-11 years old) hiked this as well.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Big Tree is a truly spiritual experience! It left me at a loss for words!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

This is absolutely an awesome trail I’ve hiked it many times and always love going back

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Don't use this trail if you just want to see the Big Tree...

The name is misleading. There are easier ways to get to the big tree and if you follow the app, you will pass it (the app takes you about two miles past the tree, the trail forks at 204- if you follow the app, it'll take you left, but you need to go right to find the tree). The first several miles are horse trails, and not very scenic- fine if you just want the exercise, but after talking to locals, there are better ways to get to the tree.

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