Trip Guide to Deer Skull Falls in the Sipsey Wilderness Area of Bankhead National Forest

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Deer Skull Falls

Deer Skull Falls is a unique opportunity to see falls at the confluence of two creeks in the Sipsey Wilderness. But, it’s off of the major trails and be prepared to get your feet wet!

At a Glance

  • 4 mi round trip
  • Nice View
  • Kids OK
  • Dogs OK
Location: Near Double Springs in Bankhead National Forest Alabama (maps & directions)
Gear: Our favorite snacks and camera gear
Gallery: Check out the pictures here

Deer Skull Falls – Trip Details

Deer Skull Falls is just below Little Ugly Creek Falls in the Sipsey Wilderness area of Bankhead National Forest.  It’s off of the major trails, and the hike will require multiple creek crossings, so waterproof shoes or warm weather are prerequisites for this trip.

The easiest thing to do would be to follow the GPS track in the map below beyond Eagle Creek Falls until Eagle Creek runs into Little Ugly Creek, then head upstream.

DeerS kull Falls Moss in Bankhead National Forest

As an alternative, you could head off of the Sipsey River trail also.

The fall on Little Ugly Creek is the larger of the two, and the orange minerals on the canyon walls make for interesting photos. 

Deer Skull Falls A in the Sipsey Wilderness

The nestled basin and tall rock bluffs really cap off the experience.  You could easily find a perch and just soak in the beauty of the scene for a while.

More Waterfalls around Bankhead National Forest

Your trip to Deer Skull Falls could easily turn into an entire day of hikes and waterfalls. As I mentioned earlier, Eagle Creek Falls and Little Ugly Creek Falls are obvious choices. But, Mize Mill Falls, Parker Falls, and Kinlock Falls are all relatively close.

Little River Falls Map, Directions, and Resources

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