Thompson Creek Trail and Sipsey River Trail

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Sipsey Wilderness

Thompson Creek Trail and Sipsey River Trail is a 20 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Haleyville, Alabama that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length20.0 miElevation gain1,220 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingDog friendlyForestRiverWildflowersWildlife
Waypoints (3)
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Off-trail Campsite
34.32246, -87.47063
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Needles eye cut thru
34.32098, -87.46695
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Fall Creek Falls
34.2974302, -87.4069691
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Jim Walker
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HikingGreat!

Yesterday, March 24, Trail 206 was in great shape and wildflowers were in bloom. Problem was access on Kinlock Rd. It’s still being cleared from ice storm. Thompson Rd was no problem. But High Tower Path was closed west of Rte 17 with Road crews working toward each other. Thompson Rd south on Kinlock to Cranal Rd and Rabbit Town was muddy and slow but clear of downed trees thanks to road crews. Today March 25th , all of Kinlock and High Tower Path would be very sketchy due to heavy rains and winds.

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Emma Gousset
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For anyone thinking about going to hike this trail...just don't. My friend and I arrived at 9:30 AM and ended up hiking 'till around 1 PM before we decided the safest option was to turn back around. This trail has not been maintained in what looks like months--it is completely overgrown in most areas. Huge fallen trees block the path every few miles, and the only way to keep going is to climb over them. The brush is extremely overgrown, and we hit massive spiderwebs every few minutes. Although some areas had a defined trail, there were several places in which we had no idea where the trail went. We saw no markers the entire time. We found ourselves "lost" quite frequently, and only after multiple trials of different potential-trails would we finally find the right one. After almost 4 hours of hiking, the trail spit us out into a clearing by the creek. Because the idea of turning back around was so undesirable, we tried to no avail to find the trail and continue our hike. This was the point when we decided to turn around. The terrain is rocky and really uneven, so I ended up twisting my ankle right before my friend fell and busted her knee. I am not unconvinced that we somehow ended up on another Sipsey trail by accident and that is why it took us so long, but either way it was due to the poor conservation of this trail. We ended up hiking 13.1 miles in 6 hours, and my body is still aching today. If you plan on going, just be careful and pack extra food and water.

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Nick Wilson
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HikingBlowdown

As of 4/14/20 there is a tree blocking the road about 2 miles or so from the Thompson trail trailhead. Bummer

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Lauren Terry
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Hiking

4/4/2020 This trail has great scenery on the way to see Big Tree. We did lose the trail at one point because of how it crossed a creek but stay on 206 and look for pink flags. It has one spot that requires some scrambling up and down wet steep rocks so I would hesitate to bring small children. LOTS of trees lying across the trail along the way but it was still a great hike!

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David Roach
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Backpacking

Heads up. Thompson Creek is totally dry. A burn ban is also in effect, so no campfires allowed. Went to Sipsey River Trailhead instead to find the river barely flowing.

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Christie G
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This one was a more challenging hike, our trail marker was down and had to find an alternate trail to come out. Sipsey and Bankhead are really vast and easy to get turned around just be careful and pay attention but still enjoy the hike.

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Jaime Watkins
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Trail 206 to 209 to 200. Will need to leave a car at Sipsey and then drop off to start at 206.

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Shannon Cavender
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Matthew Stokes
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Jay Clouatre
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Rachel Kuhar
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Bonnie Rhodes
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Sheila Glass
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Sheila Glass
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