Tucked into Bankhead National Forest, you’ll earn your trip to Sougahoagdee Falls with a 4.5 mile hike, but you do get to see several smaller falls on the way in to break up the trek.
Sougahoagdee Falls – Trip Details
Most trips into Soagahoagdee Falls follow Brushy Creek in north of the bridge on Hickory Grove road. Plan for creek crossings, deadfall, and some difficult terrain as this is an unmarked, unimproved trail.
If you’re hiking this trail in the shoulder seasons or after a lot of rain, expect to see several falls off of the canyon walls on the way in. The hike is an attraction all on its own.
At the fall, the surrounding moss in the bowl at the falls is quite a scene once it greens up in warm weather. The waterfall is estimated at 70 feet but doesn’t carry the kind of volume that you’ll see at larger falls like Desoto Falls and Noccalula Falls after rains.
More Waterfalls around Bankhead National Forest
Bankhead National Forest and the Sipsey Wilderness are full of opportunities for hikes and waterfall viewing. Near the Sipsey River, you can find Mize Mill Falls and Turkeyfoot Falls.
Further southwest on Cranal Road, you can head north of the road down Eagle Creek to see Eagle Creek Falls. Following the creek, you can also make your way further into the wilderness to see Deer Skull Falls and Little Ugly Falls.
On the southwestern edge of Bankhead National Forest, one of the most well-known waterfalls in the state is Caney Creek Falls. There are actually two falls in this area, but the lower falls are much further downstream than the upper falls.
Also nearby is the Parker Cascades, also known as Parker Falls and Kinlock Falls, a popular summer swimming hole just off of Kinlock Road.
East of the Sipsey River, Holmes Chapel Falls and Coal Mine Branch Falls are just south of Brushy Lake.