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William B Bankhead National Forest | Travel (59/556)

William B Bankhead National Forest | Travel (59/556) | Alaina Ann Photography (iPhone 4s) William B Bankhead National Forest was just starting to pop with color during my early October visit. This national forest has two of my favorite things to explore: waterfalls and a large wilderness area.

William B Bankhead National Forest | Travel (59/556) | Alaina Ann Photography (iPhone 4s)

Top Five Hikes + Places to Explore
  1. Bee Branch Trail - enjoy waterfalls and beautiful forest views during this 11.4 mile hike.
  2. Caney Creek Falls - a 2.75 mile round-trip hike to the stunning Caney Creek waterfalls. The starting point is on an old closed road off Winston County Road 2.
  3. Clear Creek Recreation Area - located on Lewis Smith Lake with access to water and multiple camping locations.
  4. Little Natural Bridge - a short paved trail takes you to a natural bridge within the forest.
  5. Sipsey River Trail - a moderate 10.1 mile hike in the Sipsey Wilderness Area, along the Sipsey River.

Tell me all about your favorite hikes and places to explore in the comments below!

Natural Bridge Park | Travel

Natural Bridge Park | Travel | Alaina Ann Photography While looking at a map, planning my route home, I saw a little park symbol for the Natural Bridge Park in Alabama. After a few minutes of research, this new find became part of my whirlwind around the country trip. An excellent last minute addition!

Natural Bridge Park | Travel | Alaina Ann Photography

The park is small with an easy, short trail to the natural bridge. The bridge measures in at 60 feet tall and 148 feet long. This is the longest known natural bridge east of the Rockies.

Natural Bridge Park | Travel | Alaina Ann Photography

In addition to the hike, there are picnic areas and a gift shop. Have you ever made your way to the Natural Bridge Park in Alabama? Would love to hear about your visit!

Natural Bridge Park | Travel | Alaina Ann Photography

Take a close look at the final photograph to spot my hiking friend. This Jack Russell Terrier gave me the grand tour of the bridge :)

Talladega National Forest | Travel (33/556)

Talladega National Forest | Travel {33/556} | Alaina Ann Photography Visiting Talladega National Forest was my quickest in and out moment in nature.

While heading to the Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area, a police officer motioned for me to pull over. He informed me a potentially dangerous man was in the woods and a search was underway.

So, I left.

Hopefully I will find myself in the area again for a longer visit to check out a few of these spots.

Recommended Hikes + Places to Explore
  • Cave Creek Trail - a 4 mile trail located in the Cheaha Wilderness.
  • Cheaha Wilderness - just over 7,000-acres, this wilderness area offers many beautiful overlooks and hiking opportunities.
  • Chinnabee Silent Trail - a six mile trail by waterfalls.
  • Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area - a peaceful, 17-acre lake close to the Cheaha Wilderness.
  • Skyway Loop Trail - a six mile trail offering a taste of wilderness and solitude.
  • Talladega Scenic Drive - a 29 mile scenic ride along State Route 281.

Have you made your way to Talladega National Forest recently? I would love to hear your favorite spots in the area!