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Alabama whitewater, Sipsey Fork

Winston county, County Route 60 to State Route 33 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     9.5 miles
 
Paddled from route 33 to smith lake (approx 9 miles) in July. Water was too low to paddle section route 60 to 33. Says Tommy Morgan (see picture)

Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The County Route 60 to State Route 33 stretch of Sipsey Fork is 9.5 miles long and is
    a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Alabama and the playfulness of the water beats anything. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but
you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Decatur, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The County Route 60 to State Route 33 stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking,  
either way there are not so many other good places for that around here. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is pleasant here at Sipsey Fork, you can go for a hike along the Borden Creek Trail. Everybody loves William B. Bankhead National Forest; the Braziel Creek Trail is a perfect hiking trail nearby. This river has so much to offer. Near Sipsey Fork you come across delightful places like Sweetwater Canyon, and you'll most likely meet some people from Houston here.

Sipsey Fork, County Route 60 to State Route 33 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Sipsey Fork.
 Whitewater Near Sipsey Fork:
Sipsey Fork, Winston County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (County Route 60 to State Route 33)
Brushy Creek, Winston County, 8 miles away
      Class I(II) - 10 miles long (Brushy Lake to FS 255)
Hubbard Creek/Sipsey Fork, Lawrence/ Winston County, 9 miles away
      Class I(III) - 9.25 miles long (FS 210 to CR60)
Blackwater Creek, Walker County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.9 miles long (State Route 95 to Walston Bridge)
Bear Creek, Franklin/ Marion County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II+(V) - 26 miles long (Highway 5 Bridge to Scott Bridge)
 Marinas Near Sipsey Fork:
Duncan Bridge Marina, Arley , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Sipsey Fork:
Days Inn Moulton, Moulton , 16 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites JASPER, Jasper , 24 miles away
Super 8 Jasper, Jasper , 24 miles away
Econo Lodge Jasper, Jasper , 24 miles away
Quality Inn Jasper, Jasper , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sipsey Fork:
Sipsey River, Houston, 2 miles away
Road 234A Camp, Houston, 3 miles away
Wolf Pen Hunters Camp, Houston, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Sipsey Fork:
Borden Creek Trail, Lawrence , 3 miles away
Braziel Creek Trail, Lawrence , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sipsey Fork:
William B. Bankhead National Forest, Alabama , 5 miles away
Joe Wheeler State Park, Alabama , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sipsey Fork:
Deer Run Golf Course, Moulton , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Sipsey Fork
Little Bear Creek Reservoir, Franklin , 13 miles away

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