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Bankhead National Forest


The National Forests in Alabama began with the Alabama Purchase Unit, established by the National Forest Commission in Fiscal Year 1914. The area was proclaimed the Alabama National Forest by President Woodrow Wilson on January 15, 1918.

The first forest was located in Franklin, Lawrence and Winston Counties. Land acquisition files show that much of the ridge tops had been cut-over and approximately 40-percent of the land was cut-over, cultivated and vacated farmland. The virgin timber must have been located in the deep gorges and on public domain land.

On June 19, 1936, by proclamation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Alabama National Forest was renamed the Black Warrior National Forest. About six years later on June 17, 1942, the name was changed, by an Act of Congress, to the William B. Bankhead National Forest.


ModernHickory28 ____

Sunday, June 10, 2018
My family and I absolutely love going to clear creek. Always a great time and the staff is very friendly and super attentive. We go here all the time. I really can't say enough about the staff that you find at our national parks and forest they truly love their jobs.

jennie anne

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
Big Forest, know where you want to go. This is the south bring plenty of water, bug spray, and please don't litter our beautiful state. Keep Alabama Beautiful!!

Pam Kidd

Saturday, April 7, 2018
I hestitate to give glowing reviews about Bankhead because I love having a place that is unmolested by people. It is a place that is rich in history, plants and quietness. A place to get away from society and technology (no cell phone towers). A place that is filled with breathtaking beauty if you know where to find it and can appreciate it. Very few things worth having are easy to obtain and this couldn't be more true than the many waterfalls, cliffs, overhangs, and rare plants that is found in this forest. I regularly see Boy Scouts here and it thrills my heart that their leaders are sharing this simple beauty with their troops. It breaks my heart that they are often times not taught how to protect it. Please remember to take nothing but pictures and memories and leave nothing but your footprints if you chose to enjoy this beautiful piece of Creation.

Joshua Jamison

Saturday, June 2, 2018
The trails are the best I’ve ridden, and seem to be the best in or near alabama, the trail seems to have a little bit for everyone. Whether you like fast paced, slow paced, big rocks, or riding around in the creeks, this place has it and the trails are pretty straight-forward and have maps and colored diamonds to keep you on trail. I have had a great experience with the trails and continue to go all the time.

Garry Johnson

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
If you like trees, streams, lakes-real or man made come and see. If you like to see a deer, a turkey or other small animals come and see. It's God's country

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