Bankhead facilities restricted


Public access to developed campgrounds, day use areas, and dispersed recreation area restrooms throughout the Bankhead National Forest is temporarily suspended indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff.

The order, announced by the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday, also applied to facilities at Alabama’s Conecuh National Forest, Talladega National Forest and Tuskegee National Forest.

Effective immediately, the following recreation sites are temporarily unavailable at Bankhead:

• Houston Day Use Area.
• Brushy Lake Campground.
• Sipsey Trailhead (restroom only)
• Natural Bridge Day Use Area.
• Pine Torch Horse Trailhead (restroom only).
• Flint Creek Multiple Use Trailhead.
• Brushy Lake Day Use.
• McDougal Hunt Camp (restroom only).
• Hurricane Creek Shooting Range.
• Owl Creek (restroom only).

"As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority.  We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19," the Forest Service said in a statement.

"These actions have been taken based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and to promote social distancing."

Visitors are encouraged to contact the ranger district offices with additional questions, email or visit the forest website at

The phone number for the Bankhead National Forest is (205) 489-5111.