Sipsey Wilderness

Read about Sipsey Wilderness, the first designated wilderness area east of the Mississippi. Take the quiz to cement your new-found knowledge. Then go there and enjoy the outing.

The Sipsey Wilderness Area Contains Dozens of Waterfalls


The Sipsey Wilderness lies within Bankhead National Forest around the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River in northwestern part of the state, in the USA. Designated in 1975 and expanded in 1988, the 24,922-acre Sipsey is the largest and most frequently visited Wilderness area in the state and contains dozens of waterfalls. It was also the first designated wilderness area east of the Mississippi River.

West Bee Falls in Sipsey Wilderness

West Bee Falls in the Sipsey Wilderness. Photo by Douglas Beard, SA-CC-by-3.0


The wilderness consists of the low plateau of Brindley Mountain which is dissected causing rough landscape featured by several creeks and rivers. Waterfalls are very common in this wilderness area. This feature has earned the wilderness the nickname “Land of 1000 Waterfalls.” The Sipsey Wilderness Hiking Club promotes hiking in the Sipsey Wilderness.


Faults in the 1964 Wilderness Act made it essentially impossible to designate a wilderness area anywhere east of the Mississippi River. “The Wilderness Act” seemingly applied only to the western part of the United States. Mary Ivy Burks worked to establish a Sipsey Wilderness Area in the Bankhead National Forest. Due to her, a strange union of environmentalists, loggers, bird watchers, and others, all joined together to push to change the Act to allow for the designation of Sipsey as a wilderness area. Ad
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Thanks to the changes made to the Act, dozens of wilderness areas have been designated across the United States. The Sipsey Wilderness helped to show that a smaller plot of restored land in the eastern US could be a wilderness just as much as a larger tract of virgin land in the west.

If you visit Sipsey Wilderness you might want to go to Sipsey River Picnic Area: Where Cranal Road crosses the Sipsey River, a day-use area has been constructed to allow for picnicking and to serve as a parking area for hiking in the area. A $3 per vehicle day use fee is charged.

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Let’s see how good you are at naming the state where this Wilderness Area is located.

Quiz #16 Sipsey Wilderness

HikingThis Travel Quiz is about the Sipsey Wilderness. This quiz has only one question.. The level of this test is easy.

Answer the question. The answer is worth about 20 points. If you don’t know the answer, then take a guess (unless you want a guaranteed zero for the answer).

This test is timed (2 min) so be aware of that.

Sipsey Wilderness is a wilderness area you might want to visit if you are in that part of the country. Wilderness areas are few and far between so your choices are very limited, especially compared to the west where 100s of such wilderness areas abound.

To learn more about other wilderness areas in the United States click the link indicated below.

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Hiking To Shiprock, Sipsey Wilderness Of Bankhead National F

Uploaded to YouTube on Mar 5, 2013

Ever wanted to hike through Bankhead Forest? We took a group of 9 down to Shiprock, one of the more popular spots within the Sipsey Wilderness. It is a 2 mile hike across easy terrain, a very pronounced trail, and very little elevation change. You will be following parallel Thompson Creek which becomes the Sipsey Fork of the Black Warrior River.

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