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    Two Days in Sipsey Wilderness, Alabama

    We spent 2 days in the Sipsey Wilderness Area within the Bankhead National Forest north of Birmingham, Al. this weekend. We had 7 people in our group with 4 of those being ground dwellers. The three of us hangers stayed comfortable and mostly warm with the exception of one that is new to hammocking and did not have his underquilt adjusted properly. We camped within 20 feet of the beautiful Sipsey River. We had about a 4.5 mile hike in to the camp and then another 6 miles out which should have been about 4 miles. We decided to take an unofficial trail out which was fine til we got back to trail 205. We followed this trail til it ran out due to lack of use caused by tornado blow-downs. We backtracked to the unofficial trail and ran it on back to the trailhead. All in all it was a good trip and we introduced a few to hammock camping.
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    glad you had a good time in Sispey. It is an interesting place to go backpacking

    We went there last yr and got on a trail that was unmaintained. We finally got thru itl
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    Wow, that second photo of ya'll standing in front of that tree...that thing was gigantic Must be old growth forest to be that big.

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    Sometimes one finds the best things when strolling along unofficial trails. Looks like a great weekend.
    Enjoy life's journey, but leave no tracks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by outdoorsguy View Post
    Wow, that second photo of ya'll standing in front of that tree...that thing was gigantic Must be old growth forest to be that big.
    Sipsey is home of the largest Poplar tree in the state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obmit View Post
    Sipsey is home of the largest Poplar tree in the state.
    Yep. My tree straps wouldn't fit around it. The largest and maybe the oldest Yellow Poplar in Alabama. You come around the corner and BAM!! there it is in front of two high waterfalls. It's overwhelming. You just have to be there. It's called the Big Tree oddly enough. Sipsey is described as the land of a thousand waterfalls.

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    Sounds like a great time. I have been all over the US, and Sipsey is still one of my favorite spots ever. There is always something new.
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    What a great trout fishing river

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    Thanks for the report and the pics! I hope to make it down there this year, in fact, so nice to read about.

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    Nice! Looks like an interesting place to play. Thanks for sharing! ;-)
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