Hiking to the “Big Tree” and a Waterfall
Hiking in the Sipsey Wilderness is just one of the places you definitely want to hike in Alabama. One of the main reasons I wanted to hike this particular area/trail is because well it was the shorter trail (the are shorter trails, but I think they are a harder hike) to the “Big Tree’ and it also has a waterfall. The trail we used was around 7-8 miles. It was a moderate hike. Started out easy and got kind of rough on our way to the “tree”. On the way back I was pretty worn out, and I didn’t think I was going to make it back. Keep in mind I am out of shape and everyone should know their stopping points and how much they can take. Going one way when we started out it took us somewhat of over an hour and half to get to the area.
What’s the “Big Tree” you ask? It’s our biggest tree in the state of Alabama along with being the biggest in the Southeastern part of the United States. This particular tree is a “Yellow Poplar Tree”. It is about 150 feet tall. It’s pretty wide as well. The four of us could not wrap all the way around it, two of us being pretty small though. We needed one more person.
Make sure you bring enough water, you bring a map, or an actual GPS, or you download an offline map on your phone. The route we took like I said was about 7-8 mile total, there and back. So make sure you are wearing shoes that you can hike in that are comfortable and that can protect your feet from the elements. We actually ran out of water on the way back, which normally does not happen when we go hiking, but this was probably our longest hike yet. Can be muddy because of water and horses also walk on this trail. Prepare for dirtiness just in case. (It’s not a good hike if you don’t get dirty though)
The pictures you are about to see are in a rare winter form. We normally do not have snow/ice but we did at the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. You won’t always to see this ice when you hike there.
I am not much of a story teller with words. As sometimes people type to much. So I would rather tell the story with more pictures and a little bit of words. I will try to make sure the pictures are in order of events.
I am going to make the directions easy for me and insert the link for the directions we used. We used another bloggers directions and then we used an offline map off of my husbands phone. There is no service really, so that’s why you need a GPS or offline maps.
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Here is a video of most of all my pictures and I have added in the videos that have taken as well:
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Chasa is a travel blogger who has been writing since 2016. She has traveled domestically and internationally since 2013 and resides in the state of Alabama, where she pursues her passion for helping people see the beauty in other states and countries through her own accounts.
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