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Post by Guests » Sat Mar 14, 2009 6:32 am

Can someone please recommend a nice overnight backpacking trip in Northern Alabama where I can take my son (12 years)? I'm looking for an easy to moderate hike - 5-10 miles total - with some views and a nice spot for camping overnight. Thanks. John A.

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Post by swampfox » Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:35 pm

Here is a review of the Sipsey River Trail from Trails .com.

This was by far the best trip I have ever been on. The trees were elecrtic, all the colors of fall really stood out. We hiked in on trail # 206 through Kings cove, by Ship rock to the junction of Bee branch and the Sipsey Fork and camped there under a huge rock ledge. The next day we day hiked to the Big Tree area, we took the East Bee branch trail to it. The trails were in pretty good shape, there were still some downed trees on the later part of East Bee trail, but nothing real hard at all. Once we made it to the Big Tree there were probably 30-50 people coming and going. By far the most people I have ever seen in the Sipsey Wilderness on any given trip. It rained on us on the way in about 30 minutes to an hour but cleared up and that night it turned off cold, and the next night it was even colder. Be careful where you make camp here some campsites have been camped out and there isnt a lot of wood near them, but just look off of the beaten trail and camp where it looks like no one has been in a while and you will find plenty of wood. All along the canyon walls there are several rock ledges to camp under, this is where we usually like to make camp.

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