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Listed as a national forest in 1918, William B Bankhead National Forest lies in Northwestern Alabama. The national forest is 181, 230 acres in size, is one of the largest national forests in Alabama, and extends to portions of Lawrence, Winston, and Franklin counties.
William B Bankhead National Forest is located around an hour’s drive from the cities of Huntsville and Madison. In the past, this forest was referred to as the Black Warrior National Forest and later the Alabama National Forest before getting its current name. The forest is named after William B Bankhead, a former legislator who served from 1917 to 1940. William B Bankhead National Forest is dotted with many natural attractions such as streams, ridges, lakes, cliffs, gorges, and creeks. To add on its beauty, this forest features lots of spectacular falls, making it every photographer's dream. The most popular falls include Mize Mill Falls, Fall Creek Falls, Kinlock Falls, Parker Falls, and Caney Creek Falls.
The 25,002 acre-Sipsey Wilderness Area is the prime attraction in the William B Bankhead National Forest. A section of the 61-mile Sipsey River flows through the Sipsey Wilderness. Designated as a National Wild and Scenic River, Sipsey Fork is popular with boaters, anglers, and canoeists. Other popular activities within the forest include swimming, picnicking, birding, and sightseeing. Additionally, there are nearly 100 miles of trails traversing the park. Whether you love hiking, taking a leisurely stroll, riding an all-terrain vehicle, or horseback riding, you’ll want to search for a motorhome rental in Madison to experience everything William B Bankhead National Forest offers.
As one of the few national forests in the state of Alabama, you are guaranteed to spot a variety of wildlife. William B Bankhead National Forest is home to foxes, squirrels, and feral hogs. If you enjoy birding, make a point of visiting the Brushy Lake Recreation Area to watch the cerulean warblers. Other common bird species found here include Louisiana waterthrush, scarlet tanagers, quails, and woodcocks.
For equestrian enthusiasts, there are 25 miles of trails for horseback-riders scattered throughout the William B Bankhead National Forest, including Bunyan hill Wild horse/ Wagon Trail and Thompson Creek. About 13 miles are located within the Sipsey Wildness Area.
Whether you are interested in the cascading waterfalls, canyons, photography, or just observing scenery hiking is one of the most popular outdoor recreations in William B Bankhead National Forest. There are over 20 hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulties. If you are interested in shorter trails, Kinlock Falls Trail and Caney Creek Falls Trail are perfect for you. For the adventurous hikers, longer trails such as Sipsey Loop Trail and Flint Creek White Loop Trail are available.
When you are planning on visiting William B. Bankhead National Forest with your Huntsville motorhome rental, there are four campgrounds available within the forest. If you prefer parking your travel trailer rental in a full-service campground, consider the Corinth Recreation Area. Located next to the 22,000 acre- Lewis Smith Lake, this campground has 56 sites divided into two loops. Forty-eight sites offer full hookups.
Clear Creek Recreation Area in the Sipsey Wilderness area is the largest and most popular of William B Bankhead National Forest campgrounds. Electric and water hookups are available, and the recreation area has 97 sites divided into four loops.
On the southern edge of the forest, campers will find Brushy Lake campground. This is a 12-site rustic campground on the shores of the 33-acre Brushy Lake. This is best suited for smaller motorhome rentals below 30 feet. Owl Creek Horse Camp is a primitive campground designated for horseback riders.
Regardless of when you rent a travel trailer in Huntsville, you will find plenty of places to enjoy the great outdoors. If you love history, you’ll definitely want to add Jesse Owens Museum to your to-do list. Located about 11 miles away, this museum was built in honor of Jesse Owens due to his exemplary Olympic track record during the 1936 athletics held in Berlin. This museum is a nice place to learn about Jesse's life history and accomplishments.
When you are eager to learn more about local, natural, and civil war history, drive your luxury RV rental to Cullman County Museum. There are many historical exhibits on display, including clothes, regional wildlife, music, and arrowheads. Event lovers and Cullman fans can plan their visit around Octoberfest.
Should you be traveling with kids, consider checking out the Red Bay City Water Park in Red Bay. Although this park is geared towards kids, there is no shortage of fun activities for adults. The park features a swimming pool, skateboard, and splash pad and water slides. Guests can take a leisurely stroll along the Hoyt Keeton Walking Trail.