From Jasper travel approx. 5 miles north on State Road 195 to Manchester, 8.5 miles north on County Road 27 to entrance.
From Double Springs travel approx. 12 miles south on State Road 195 to Lamon Chapel Road go to the end and turn left on County Road 27 for 2 miles to entrance.
BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, DAY USE AREA, SWIMMING SITE, PADDLING, SWIMMING, WATER ACTIVITIES, KAYAKING, STAR GAZING, WATER ACCESS
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The Clear Creek Recreation Area has become one of Alabama’s most popular recreation areas and has many repeat visitors. The Bankhead National Forests largest recreation area, Clear Creek is located on the shore of Lewis Smith Lake. With many modern conveniences, it offers facilities for individual and group camping, picnicking, swimming, boat launching, hiking, and biking. Four camping loops contain 102 campsites, including single and double units, with electrical and water hookups. Five bathhouses with warm showers serve the camping areas. A boat ramp and childrens playground are provided for campers. In addition, there are group camps, with two units that can each accommodate 25 persons each. Clear Creek has a 1.25-mile paved bicycle and walking trail and the 2.5-mile Raven Trail. The day-use area contains a swimming beach, bathroom facilities with dressing rooms and warm showers, three group shelters, a large picnic area, and a double lane boat ramp. ADA accessible sites available.
- The campground has a basketball and volleyball court, playground and horseshoe pit. Interpretive programs are hosted during the summer.
- Day-use visitors and campers have access to a boat ramp and swim beach. The lake provides excellent fishing for Kentucky Spotted Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass.
- There are two trails in the area; the 2.5-mile Raven Interpretive Trail and a 1.5-mile bicycle trail.
- All facilities are wheelchair accessible.
- Flush toilets, drinking water and showers are offered for both campers and day use visitors.
- The campground offers standard sites with electric and water hook-ups, as well as tent-only non-electric sites for groups.
- Sites contain paved parking spurs, picnic tables, grills and tent pads.
Bankhead National Forest is in northwestern Alabama, and its prominent feature is the Sipsey Wilderness. Known as “The Land of a Thousand Waterfalls,” it’s an area of abundant streams, old-growth forests, limestone bluffs and lush canyons. Lake Lewis Smith boasts more than 500 miles of shoreline marked by high rock bluffs. The water is clear and deep and provides excellent fishing.
Three nearby attractions within Bankhead National Forest are:
- The Little Natural Bridge
- The 19th-century Pine Torch Church
- The Houston Civil War Jail