Sipsey Wilderness (and vicinity)
Parker Falls, Kinlock Falls, Caney Creek Falls

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011
Location: Sipsey Wilderness, Bankhead National Forest, Alabama
Members: Charlie, Dianne, Doris, Foster, Keith, Larry, Mimi, Shelby
Guests: Kim, Kirk

Keith, Larry, Kirk, Shelby, Kim, Doris, Foster, Dianne, Charlie Doris was our leader for this one. We parked our vehicles at the very north end of Winston County Road 23, just before the pavement ends. An old road starts there off to the east side. This becomes a trail through former pine plantation and reaches a stream after about half a mile.

We followed the stream – impressive for cascading waterfalls in its own right – to Parker Branch where we turned back upstream to the main falls. Our timing was about as good as it gets. Heavy rains earlier in the week guaranteed gushing waterfalls but we had had a couple of days for the surging streams to retreat somewhat, at least to the level that we were able to cross without too much difficulty.

Since this was a rather short hike, some of us continued (by car) just up the road to Kinlock Falls which was also exhibiting peak form. We finished up with a visit to the upper falls on Caney Creek off CR 2 – another winner.

To view more photos, please see our Picasa Web Album Waterfalls March 2011.

Submitted 28 Mar 2011
Text: Larry
Photo: Mimi

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