The William B. Bankhead National Forest is one of Alabama's four National Forests covering 181,200 acres. It is home to Alabama's only Wild & Scenic River, the Sipsey Fork and Alabama's largest federally designated wilderness area, the Sipsey Wilderness. It was established as the Alabama National Forest in 1918 and in 1936 it was renamed the Black Warrior National Forest and renamed again in 1942 as the Bankhead National Forest. The Bankhead is traditional territory to the Eastern Band of Cherokee and current home to several endangered and endemic species including the Black Warrior Waterdog, the Flattened musk turtle, Krall's water plantain just to name a few. The Bankhead National Forest has dozens of hiking, horse, mountain bike and ATV trails. It is known for it's striking canyons, waterfalls and lush evergreen vegetation.
Wild Alabama stewards the entire forest in many ways. Our stewardship programs include glade restoration, forest watch, traditional tools, Eastern hemlock monitoring and more. Get a look at our programs.