Dispersed
Tent Sites
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Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Sipsey Wilderness Backcountry Site (Trail 200 Site D)
Operator
National Forest
Access
Hike In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
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Location
Sipsey Wilderness Backcountry Site (Trail 200 Site D) is located in Alabama
Latitude
34.3066 N
Longitude
-87.3969 W
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1 Review of Sipsey Wilderness Backcountry Site (Trail 200 Site D)
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Large easy access site along the trail

Small but secluded backcountry site with easy access to the river for pumping water. This site is nice because it is level and removed from the water enough that there is no concern of flooding. This site does have less privacy though so take that into account. 

Sipsey Wilderness is a protected but unmaintained area in Northwest Alabama that is well known for its intersecting creeks, streams, and rivers that play together with the many waterfalls and magical rock faces. The wilderness area is contained within the larger Bankhead National Forest and is accessible from a variety of different trailheads many of which are only reachable on dirt roads. Hiking here you definitely get the feeling that you have left the rest of the world behind and are in complete wilderness. Different times of year provide completely different experiences whether its the exciting and boundless blooms of spring, the overgrown wild of summer, the bold and expansive colors of fall, or the high river levels and easy boating access of winter. Just make sure to always do your research and plan ahead since it can change so drastically depending on when you go. My favorite is either fall or spring since the summer can be particularly hot and buggy. This trip we had planned to kayak down the river from the Sipsey River Trailhead to the Highway 33 Bridge take out but were thwarted by a recent lack of heavy rain and unusually low river levels for the season. Several sites online suggested over 4 feet gauge height would be fine but after talking to the Rangers we were told the only time that it was really navigable was in the winter or fall for a couple of days after a major rainfall. With that plan out the window, we decided instead to throw some packs in the car and move our gear around to make it a semi backpacking/hiking trip.