Bankhead Forest/Ship Rock
Really nice scenery around shiprock.
Really good rock quality, pretty secluded, shaded in the evenings. Nice area, really pretty.Theres so much virgin rock, with most 80-100 feet. If you like really moderate to stout trad, check it out!
From Birmingham, take Interstate 65 North all the way to Hwy. 278 in Cullman and go west to Double Springs. Take a right on 33 all the way to hwy 60 and take a left, go all the way past picnic area to the end of 60 and take a right; you will be on Forest Service Rd. 210. Go past Kinlock Falls area and continue to FS-203 and turn right. Follow FS-203 to FS-208, turn right and follow it all the way to the bridge; park before crossing the bridge. Hike across the bridge to trail head and take trail 206 for 2.6 miles to a large butress on the left. Follow the trail to the cliff line and go left following the cliff line, you will see the routes mentioned.
After trying these few routes, follow the cliff line back and you will see a large hole in the wall (Eye of the Needle) and you can go through it to the other side and find more rock, rock, rock and more rock.
Weather station 5.5 miles from here
10 Total Routes
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Ashley Holmes by the fire at ship rock (eye of the...
BETA PHOTO: Trail marker for shiprock trailhead.
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BETA PHOTO: Kiosk at the shiprock trailhead.
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By Jason Watts
Dec 13, 2011
Currently, trail 206 is limited to day use due to wind damage on the west end of the trail. Camping is allowed south of ship rock on other trails however.
By Jason Watts
May 13, 2012
A group has started developing the area Brad mentioned here. I will be posting more information about the routes and areas shortly.