Sipsey River Kayaking

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Sipsey River Kayaking

Brushy Lake Dam – Bankhead National Forest Photo by Jody Claborn

Located within the William B. Bankhead National Forest, one of Alabama’s four National Forests, covering 181,230 acres, is the Sipsey River. It is home to Alabama’s only National Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey Fork. 

It is located in northwestern Alabama, around the town of Double Springs. Packed with beaches, boulders and sandstone bluffs rising from both sides of the Sipsey. Dozens of small cascades trickle down from the cliffs after a rain. There is one section called the “100-yard dash,” where the river narrows and creates a long wave train.

 The Sipsey carves a long, narrow sandstone canyon inside Bankhead National Forest, southwest of Huntsville. Known as the “land of a thousand waterfalls”, this National Forest is popular for hiking, horseback riding, hunting, boating, fishing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking.  It’s a calm river, but there are some ripples in addition to the “100-yard dash.” 

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