The Sipsey Wilderness was established as federally designated wilderness area by the Eastern Wilderness Areas Act of 1975. It was a valiant fight to protect this area from clear cutting and abuses by the United States Forest Service. The original wilderness area was 12,000 acres and doubled in size in 1988 by the Sipsey Wild & Scenic and Alabama Additions Act. The Sipsey has over 50 miles of National Forest System Trails and has opportunity for backpacking, dayhiking, wildlife viewing and more.
Wild Alabama stewards this wilderness through trail maintenance, Wilderness Stewardship Performance projects, Wilderness character monitoring, Forest Ambassadors and clean up days at Kinlock Falls that stop trash before it goes downstream.