Join Wild South staff on Saturday, June 29, at 9:30 a.m. for a hike to Fall Creek Falls in the Bankhead National Forest.
The hike will begin on Trail 200, which starts at the Sipsey Recreation Area parking lot on Cranal Road (County Road 6). After hiking a half-mile, participants will cross Borden Creek with Wild South staff to access Trail 209. Another half-mile will lead hikers to the waterfall.
“During the return hike, we will take some time to play in the water and explore the confluence of Sipsey Fork and Borden Creek, ending back at the Sipsey Recreation Area,” staff members said.
In this moderately challenging excursion, participants will hike a total of approximately three miles with little elevation change. Staff members say the rough trail is well maintained with some rugged underfoot.
Hikers should wear sturdy footwear with good traction and dress according to the weather. Hikers are also encouraged to pack a lunch, snacks and plenty of drinking water.
For protection against ticks, Wild South staff recommends permethrin products like Permanone or Sawyers that are sprayed onto clothing and must be left to dry for four hours before wearing.
“These products don’t have a strong odor (like other sprays), allowing you to enjoy all the good smells of the forest,” staff members said.
Those interested may sign up by emailing email@example.com, or by calling 256-974-6166. All ages are welcome. After signing up, hikers may meet at the Wild South Office, located at 552 Lawrence Street in Moulton, at 9:30 on Saturday morning.
Those who prefer to meet at the trailhead at the Sipsey Recreation Area may request to do so upon registration.
Wild South hikes are free of charge, but donations are graciously accepted. Hikes with Wild South staff in the Bankhead National Forest are offered on the first and last Saturdays of each month as part of the Alabama Outreach and Education Program.