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William B Bankhead National Forest
William B Bankhead National Forest Morning Fog © Adam Taylor
This was a Xmas day kayaking trip me and my cousin took. Close to the begging of Sypsey put in. Water level right its a family trip. Only on bad spot The 100 yard Dash. Kids can easily walk around. You can float to Hwy 33 or float all the way to Smith Lake at Hwy278.
William B Bankhead National Forest Lovely Falls © Anthony R Poston
1070 AL-33
Double Springs, Alabama   35553
(lat:34.2282 lon:-87.3508)

Phone: (205) 489-5111
History of the Area
The National Forests in Alabama began with the Alabama Purchase Unit, established by the National Forest Commission in Fiscal Year 1914. The area was proclaimed the Alabama National Forest by President Woodrow Wilson on January 15, 1918.

The first forest was located in Franklin, Lawrence and Winston Counties. Land acquisition files show that much of the ridge tops had been cut-over and approximately 40-percent of the land was cut-over, cultivated and vacated farmland. The virgin timber must have been located in the deep gorges and on public domain land.

On June 19, 1936, by proclamation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Alabama National Forest was renamed the Black Warrior National Forest. About six years later on June 17, 1942, the name was changed, by an Act of Congress, to the William B. Bankhead National Forest.
The Bankhead National Forest features several scenic campgrounds such as, Houston and the newly renovated Corinth and Clear Creek Campgrounds. These three campgrounds are open April through October. Two of the three campgrounds, Corinth and Clear Creek, offers camping units with electrical and water hookups.

The newly expanded trail system in the Bankhead National Forest added 82 miles of recreational trails to the 71 miles already in the Forest. Now, you can enjoy hiking, bicycle and horseback riding, and a trail for your all-terrain vehicle.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 28 Caney Fork Falls by bdwilliams
Poor job of promoting this beautiful falls. No signs for direction and no parking at the gate. I live 15 miles away and did not know about this place until my Direct TV started showing a picture when paused.
January 26 Best in my area! by Ben Kingsley
I love this place! Beautiful waterfalls and awesome canoeing or kayaking if you catch the river right.
May 22 Love This Place by Shele
I spend many days in this forest hiking, swimming, and camping. I get some amazing photos and it has to be the best place around here to have fun.



Alabama State Parks