The William B. Bankhead National Forest is one of Alabama’s four National Forests, covering 181,230 acres. It is home to Alabama’s only National Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey Fork. There are six recreation areas located in the Bankhead National Forest offering a wide range of activities and endless hours of exploring bluffs, canyons, waterfalls, springs and lakes. The forest features miles and miles of trails, picturesque waterfalls and plenty of recreational opportunities such as hiking, horseback riding, boating, canoeing, fishing and swimming and offers facilities for camping and picnicking.
Canoeing the Sipsey Fork offers views of magnificent walls of rock, which has been carved for thousands of years by the erosive power of water. A multitude of waterfalls can be found along the Sipsey River. Turkey Foot Falls is within a 30-minute walk from the Sipsey River Picnic Grounds and Recreation Area. Turkey Foot Creek runs through a sandstone canyon then empties into the Sipsey Fork. The area is rich in Native American and pioneer history.
Located along Hubbard Creek in the Bankhead National Forest, Kinlock Falls is a cascade waterfall that drops 15 feet over a span of 20 feet. Though Kinlock Falls is not a high waterfall, it features a magnificent view, along with being an area that people come to swim.