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WILLIAM B BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST
WILLIAM B BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST
William B Bankhead National Forest
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William B Bankhead National Forest
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William B Bankhead National Forest
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William B Bankhead National Forest
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William B Bankhead National Forest
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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.
Camping
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.


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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
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.
September 11 great by cmartinez
some of the best nature and light hiking trails any where. the water in the sypsie is always cold and feels great after a long day hike


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Alabama
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Northwest Region
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William B Bankhead National Forest
William B Bankhead National Forest