The William B. Bankhead National Forest covers 181,230 acres of northwestern Alabama and is one of four National Forests in Alabama. Known as the "land of a thousand waterfalls," the forest is home to the only Wild and Scenic River in Alabama—the Sipsey Fork. Along with the Sipsey Fork, this forest harbors several streams, an incredible number of elegant waterfalls, and a display of wildlife second to none in the South. Equestrian trails, hiking trails, and various recreational areas supply all the fun for which any Alabama visitor could wish. A recently discovered thriving endangered species—the Black Warrior Waterdog—indicates the reserve's continued wild side despite the human activity.
Camping in an RV is the best way to explore a national forest as large as this one; you can move from campsite to campsite with ease, allowing you to experience the entirety of this wonderland. To rent an RV for you and your family, use RVshare to find one close to you or your destination.
Corinth Recreation Area Campground offers 52 RV campsites. The campground is a modern, fully equipped facility that sits near Double Springs, AL, deep within the William B. Bankhead National Forest. It sits on the shores of Lake Lewis Smith, which offers amazing fishing opportunities. The campground has a modern boat ramp that is capable of handling boats of any size. An electrically operated gate increases campground security. All facilities are ADA accessible. Watersports such as skiing are allowed on the lake. Hunting, fishing, boating, kayaking, and canoeing are among the activities guests can enjoy. The campground is open from mid-March to mid-October. Water Hookup: Yes Electric Hookup: 50 amps Sewer Hookup: Yes Wi-Fi Available: Yes Pet-friendly: Yes Other amenities: Fire rings, warm showers, restrooms with flush toilets Fee: $36 per night
The Clear Creek Recreation Area Campground offers 102 RV campsites. The campground provides a boat ramp for easy access to the lake and an extended pier that serves as a boat ramp with access to Lake Lewis Smith. The fishing pier is ADA accessible. A swimming beach lets guests play in the water on hot summer days. Paved hiking trails wander throughout the campground and change into bark dust-covered trails along the lakeshore. Water Hookup: Yes Electric Hookup: 50 amp Sewer Hookup: Yes Wi-Fi Available: Yes Pet-friendly: Yes Other amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, lantern hooks, warm showers, restrooms with flush toilets Fee: $30 per night
Houston Recreation Area Campground offers 88 RV campsites. The campground sits on the Lake Lewis Smith shoreline. It has a fully operating boat ramp that allows easy access to the lake. Hiking trails run throughout the campground, through the forests surrounding them, and along the lakeshore. A swimming beach allows sunbathing and a swim during the hot summer months. Water Hookup: Yes Electric Hookup: 50 amps Sewer Hookup: Yes Wi-Fi Available: Yes Pet-friendly: Yes Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station Fee: $13 to $26 per night
The Thompson Creek Trail is a well-defined pathway that wanders through William B. Bankhead National Forest's woods. At the focus of the trail is Thompson Creek, which dashes through the forest's environs and out into clearings where hikers can swim in gentle pools during the spring, observe the intense tree colors in the fall, and fish during the entire angling season.
Length: 3.4 miles
Wander beside the slow-moving Sipsey River on this untouched trail. Visitors find plant life that reflects the Cumberland area's highlands mixed with the bog plants characteristic of swampy areas.
Length: 7.5 miles
Two-thirds of the Randolph Wild Hiking Trail is a two-lane pathway allowing hikers to pass each other comfortably. An old cemetery sits at the culmination of this first section of the trail. The final third of the trail is a single pathway that leads to an impressive waterfall.
Length: 3.1 miles
The Rippey Wild Hiking Trail connects the ends of the Sipsey Wild Hiking Trail and the Randolph Wild Hiking Trail. The trail is not marked, but the pathway is well worn and easy to follow. It wanders through the forest, and the sites at either end are worth the extra walk.
Length: 2.0 miles
The Mitchell Ridge Trail is a climb to the top of one of the ridges that interrupt the slow undulation of land inside the William B. Bankhead National Forest. At the ridge's summit, the trail switches back and forth following the ridgeline and presenting astounding views of the hillsides and valleys beneath.
Length: 6.9 miles
Visitors to the William B. Bankhead National Forest find themselves faced with a plethora of recreational choices. Flora and fauna found within the forest boundaries vary significantly from highland trees to swampland bogs. Wildlife is just as varied as plant life. Timberwolves and coyotes are found on the high ridges inside the forest; deer, ground squirrels, and some endangered species are found throughout the forest's lower levels.
Horseback riding trails let visitors enjoy the park's scenic views on separate tracks from hikers and bicyclists. One path is available for ATV enthusiasts. Altogether, there are over 90 miles of trails in this National Forest.
Streams run everywhere in the park. Licensed anglers are welcome to try their luck wherever they find a convenient pool. The reservoir known as Lake Lewis Smith is full of trout, bass, crappie, catfish, and several other fish species.
Bird watching and observing wildlife habitats is a major draw that brings guests to this National Forest in droves. With the diversity of wildlife that inhabits this forest's valleys and hills, lovers of nature flock to this area.
Sections of this National Forest are far from the glare of city lights, making it great for stargazing.
Address: 1070 Highway 13, Double Springs, AL 35553
Fee: Entry fee $0
If you are thinking about a family vacation, consider the William B. Bankhead National Forest. The incredible array of adventures and activities in this national forest will keep you and your family busy for your entire vacation. The best way to take advantage of the opportunities at this national forest is by camping in an RV. Both you and your family will remember this trip for a lifetime.