Borden Creek Wild Hiking Trail

William B. Bankhead National Forest, Alabama

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Borden Creek Wild Hiking Trail is a hiking trail in Lawrence County and Winston County, Alabama. It is within William B. Bankhead National Forest and Sipsey Wilderness. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 564 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 277 feet. The Sipsey (River Picnic Area) Trailhead information guidepost is near the trailhead. There are also parkings and restrooms.
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Borden Creek Wild Hiking Trail is a hiking trail in Lawrence County and Winston County, Alabama. It is within William B. Bankhead National Forest and Sipsey Wilderness. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 564 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 277 feet. The Sipsey (River Picnic Area) Trailhead information guidepost is near the trailhead. There are also parkings and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Sipsey Wild Hiking Trail (209), Braziel Creek Trail / Lookout Wild Hikingtrail and Bunyan Hill Wild Horse/Wagon Trail (224).
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking, Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: William B. Bankhead National Forest
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Loss: 277 feet
Elevation Gain: 277 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 564 feet
Top Elevation: 584 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Borden Creek Wild Hiking Trail
Parks: Sipsey Wilderness
Elevation Min/Max: 545/584 ft
Elevation Start/End: 564/564 ft
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Borden Creek combines beautiful scenery with challenging paddling. The creek flows through beautiful rock bluffs—not as tall as the Sipsey, but just as impressive. Along the banks waterfalls can be heard and seen carving the rocks. Wildflowers abound, and there are a few small caves you can explore off the river. The creek is narrow, with large boulders to maneuver around and a couple of Class I rapids to give some thrills. Nestled within the confines of the Bankhead National Forest and the Sipsey Wilderness lies Borden Creek. This 5.9-mile trip is often overlooked by paddlers and is probably more famous for its namesake foot trail that runs alongside the river.

The Bankhead Forest that surrounds Borden Creek covers more than 180,000 acres of land in two counties. The forest was established in 1918 under the name of Alabama National Forest. As soon as you put in, you will be greeted with bluffs to your right that jut out of the river. Many of the bluffs have interesting undercuts and small caves carved in them from the action of the creek over the centuries. Huge boulders also line the creek. We found ourselves viewing them almost like clouds, seeing images carved into the rocks.

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May 2018