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Trail 209 (Sipsey Fork Trail) Professional Review and Guide
"Trail 209 is the longest trail in the Sipsey Wilderness, following the flow of the Sipsey River through most of the canyon, with waterfalls and towering limestone cliffs lining the banks. Among a variety of vegetation along the trail are blackberry bushes and muscadine vines. Trail Surface: Dirt path.Trail 209 (Sipsey Fork Trail) traces the flow of the Sipsey River for 8.7 miles through the 25,906-acre Sipsey Wilderness. Along the trail, the walls of the canyon rise high, dotted at their base with caves.You’ll hear creeks as they cascade down the sandstone walls on their way to the river, and you’ll see waterfalls high above the trail. The Sipsey River is an impressive sight to behold.The clear, cold waters run for 61 miles, forming the only nationally designated Wild and Scenic River in Alabama."
--Joe Cuhaj, Hiking Alabama (Falcon Guides).
!!!!!!! DO NOT TURN ON COUNTY ROAD 6!!! THE DIRECTIONS ARE WRONG. ITS COUNTY ROAD 60. My buddy and myself drove around double springs, al for like 3 hours until finding someone who belonged to park services who assisted us.
We made this trip into a two night 3 day trip. I have to say there were some amazing sights on htis trail. While some people do not like the fact you have to Forde the river to continue the hike, I loved it. The river was about waist deep and very managable. 2 miles from there you will find what I would argue to be the best campsite in the state. It overlooks the Sipsey River, and is about 10 yards away from a 55' waterfall that is breath taking. (behind the waterfall is a great place to eat before moving on).
The trail is up and down. We came in just after about 4 weeks of bad storms so we had a lot of detours to take around fallen trees. The Sipsey is also a great place to catch fish (bass and crappie).
As I stated earlier, this is a great 2 day camping trip. You need to be in decent shape for this one because the terain does offer some challenges.
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This is a great trail for any beginner. This was my first actual backpacking trip. Seven of us left Friday afternoon from the Sipsey River Picnic Grounds for a short hike to my friend''s favorite camping site. The hike was maybe only a mile and a half from the truck and there were great scenes of the river, rock walls, and beautiful waterfalls. There are many places to camp on the way, and every one of them have great views of what the Sispsey is all about. I plan on returning to this trail and exploring more of the Sipsey Wilderness in the future.
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