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Turkey Foot Falls

Lake, River, or Waterfall
John Dersham

Turkey Foot Falls is just a 30-minute walk from the Sipsey River Picnic Grounds and Rec Area in Bankhead National Forest. Turkey Foot Creek runs through a sandstone canyon then empties into the Sipsey Fork. The area is rich in Native American and pioneer history.

Bankhead National Forest is one of Alabama’s four National Forests, covering 181,230 acres. It is home to Alabama’s only National Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey Fork. There are six recreation areas located in the Bankhead National Forest offering a wide range of activities and endless hours of exploring bluffs, canyons, waterfalls, springs and lakes. The forest features miles and miles of trails, picturesque waterfalls and plenty of recreational opportunities such as hiking, horseback riding, boating, canoeing, fishing and swimming and offers facilities for camping and picnicking.

How to Get There

Turkey Foot Falls is located near the Sipsey River Picnic Grounds and Recreation Area. Visitors should park just across the wooden bridge in the lower parking area and follow the trail underneath the highway bridge. The trail bends to the left and follow it for about a half mile or so and the falls will be on the right.

Recreational Opportunities

The Bankhead National Forest offers over 90 miles of recreational trails. Visitors can enjoy hiking, bicycle and horseback riding, and a trail for all-terrain vehicles. Canoeing the Sipsey Fork offers views of magnificent walls of rock, which has been carved for thousands of years by the erosive power of water.


Seasons Accessible

Accessible year-round.



$3/day use fee for Sipsey Recreation Area