If your pup wants to connect with Mother Nature, escape to the beautiful Bankhead National Forest. This woofderful slice of nature is one of Alabama’s four National Forests. It covers over 180,000 acres of land and is home to six recreation areas. Needless to say, your doggo will have plenty to discover when they visit!
Bankhead National Forest is an outdoor lover’s dream! One
of the most pupular areas in the forest is Sipsey Wilderness. Layers of
limestone and sandstone combine with streams and rivers to make dozens of
pawsome waterfalls. In fact, the area is fondly known as the “Land of 1,000
Waterfalls.” There are a several official
trails that weave through the wilderness area. They range from just under two
miles all the way up to seven miles. Choose a hike that best suits your pup’s
abilities and start exploring!
Furrific hiking can also be found in other areas of the
forest. Major trailheads are located in each of the recreation areas. Please
note there are a few types of poisonous snakes that live in the forest. Help
protect your pup by keeping them on the trail at all times. Also, keep your
eyes peeled for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak. And when you get home, search your
doggo for ticks. Don’t forget to pack plenty of water so you and your pooch
both stay hydrated.
If you want to stay a night or two in Bankhead National
Forest, settle in at one of the campgrounds. There are five different
campgrounds to choose from. Clear Creek Recreation Area and Corinth Recreation
Area can accommodate RVs. Brushy Lake Recreation Area, McDougle Camp, and Wolf
Pen Hunters Camp have tent sites. Your pooch will love ruffing it and sleeping
in the great outdoors!
Make no mistake, your doggo will love spending time in
Bankhead National Forest!