History and Nature
Located in the northwest part of Alabama, Winston County is a mountainous county that supported Unionism during the Civil War and attempted to declare itself the Free State of Winston. There are a number of recreational opportunities for visitors to Winston County. The William B. Bankhead National Forest offers a range of outdoor activities in which to take part. Visitors can hike, fish, boat, or camp in the forest as well as picnic in any one of four recreational areas. Within the boundaries of the forest lies the Sipsey Wilderness, Alabama’s first national wilderness area. Known as “The Land of a Thousand Waterfalls,” the 25,000-acre wilderness park affords visitors opportunities to hike, horseback ride, boat, fish, swim, and canoe.