Directions to the Trailheads     Map

Sipsey Borden Flannagin Gum Pond Braziel Thompson Randolph

All sets of directions begin from one of these three access points:

  • West Side: junction of AL Highway 195 and Winston County Road (WCR) 23.
    This point would be mileage marker 33.6 on AL 195.
    About 8.7 miles north of US 278 in Double Springs and also about 9 miles coming from Haleyville.

  • East Side: junction of AL Highway 33 and Lawrence County Road (LCR) 6.
    This point would be mileage marker 12.6 on AL 33.
    AL 33 is accessible from US 278 in Double Springs and AL 24 in Moulton.

  • WMA HQ Road: also on the east side, junction of AL Highway 33 and FS 208 East.
    This point would be mileage marker 14.1 on AL 33 and is 1.5 miles north of
    East Side.

Note that Winston County Road 60 becomes Lawrence County Road 6 at the county line. This road and part of WCR 23 are paved; the other Forest Service roads are not.

To get from
West Side to the east side points, take WCR 23 north for one mile and turn right on WCR 60. East Side is just under ten miles. To get from east to west, do the opposite.



Sipsey (River Picnic Area) Trailhead       « back

From
East Side, just drive west on LCR 6 / WCR 60 for 3.8 miles. The well-marked parking lot is on the left.

From
West Side, take WCR 23 north for one mile and turn right on WCR 60. The well-marked parking lot is 5.9 miles on the right.

Sipsey is the only trailhead in the Wilderness that imposes a day use fee
($3). But it is also the only one with a toilet facility other than the surrounding woods.



Borden Trailhead       « back

From
East Side, drive west on LCR 6 / WCR 60 for 0.7 mile. Turn right on FS 224, the Borden Creek access road. The road ends in 2 miles at the parking lot. The trailheads are about a half mile beyond the gate.

From
West Side, take WCR 23 north for one mile and turn right on WCR 60. Drive 9.0 miles to FS 224, the Borden Creek access road. Turn left. The road ends in 2 miles at the parking lot. The trailheads are about a half mile beyond the gate.

Please note that the parking lot is designed to provide an area for the larger horse trailers with another section for smaller vehicles. Please park accordingly; there's room for everybody (and the horses).



Flannagin Trailhead       « back

From
WMA HQ Road, follow FS 208 for 1.6 miles. Look for the small "203" trail marker on the left. Parking is along the side of the road.



Gum Pond Trailhead       « back

From
WMA HQ Road, follow FS 208 for 2.9 miles to an intersection. FS 208 turns left - don't go straight! Continue for another 1.5 miles on FS 208 to the parking area.



Braziel Trailhead       « back

From
WMA HQ Road, follow FS 208 for 2.9 miles to an intersection. FS 208 turns left - don't go straight! Continue for another 1.5 miles on FS 208. This puts you at the Gum Pond Trailhead.

From Gum Pond, FS 208 becomes FS 229. Follow FS 229 west for 4.5 miles. Turn left on FS 223. The parking area is 1.6 miles south.



Thompson Trailhead       « back

From
West Side, take WCR 23 north for 2.8 miles, where the pavement ends. Continue another 3.3 miles to the end at FS 203. Turn right on FS 203 and drive 0.4 mile. Turn right on FS 208. The trailhead parking lot is 3.8 miles.

The Forest Service requests that you park before crossing the bridge, reserving the area across the bridge for turning vehicles around.



Randolph Trailhead       « back

From
East Side, just drive west on LCR 6 / WCR 60 for 8.3 miles. The small unpaved parking lot is on the right.

From
West Side, take WCR 23 north for one mile and turn right on WCR 60. The small unpaved parking lot is 1.4 miles on the left.