Trail 201 Magnolia Trail

Double Springs, Alabama

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Trail 201 takes hikers to the Sipsey River at the end of Trail 209 (Sipsey Fork Trail). The hike is level for most of the trip, over dirt footpaths. The trail then descends to follow a small feeder creek down the canyon wall to the Sipsey. The end of the trail is a great place to relax along the river. Trail Surface: Mostly dirt; rocky at the canyon. The Sipsey Wilderness is the only area of old-growth oak forest remaining in Alabama. Along the trail you’ll find magnificent specimens of magnolia, holly, hemlock, and oak. This is also prime wildflower region. Don’t be surprised to see a lot of photographers along the trail, capturing images of yellow lady’s slippers, shooting stars, yellow and white trilliums, and other flowers. There’s a good chance you’ll spot white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, or foxes.

Trail 201 (Magnolia Trail) Professional Review and Guide

"Trail 201 takes hikers to the Sipsey River at the end of Trail 209 (Sipsey Fork Trail). The hike is level for most of the trip, over dirt footpaths. The trail then descends to follow a small feeder creek down the canyon wall to the Sipsey. The end of the trail is a great place to relax along the river. Trail Surface: Mostly dirt; rocky at the canyon.

The Sipsey Wilderness is the only area of old-growth oak forest remaining in Alabama. Along the trail you’ll find magnificent specimens of magnolia, holly, hemlock, and oak. This is also prime wildflower region. Don’t be surprised to see a lot of photographers along the trail, capturing images of yellow lady’s slippers, shooting stars, yellow and white trilliums, and other flowers. There’s a good chance you’ll spot white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, or foxes."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Double Springs
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 5 to 7 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 920 feet
Top Elevation: 920 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: William Bankhead National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Bee Branch
Driving Directions: Directions to Trail 201 (Magnolia Trail)

Recent Trail Reviews

11/2/2002
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Once we took the left fork and split from trail 202 it was easy to see why this trail is called Magnolia Trail. Beauitful Wild Magnolia trees line the path amidst towering hardwoods and new growth pine. As advertised the trail was mostly flat until about the last 1/4 mile. This is the hike down the bluff to the river bottom. The hike down the bluff gave us a spectacular view of the fall colors in the valley below. Mountain Laurels lined the narrow path. There was a well used campsite right on the river bank. Beware of the hike out, the climb up the bluff is a bit challenging if you are in top shape. This was a beautiful trail to hike in the fall.



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May 2018