Locals want answers concerning parking issues at Caney Creek Falls


Caney Creek Falls is one of the most visited waterfalls in the Bankhead Forest. This photo was taken this past summer with back lights at night. Ron Burkett is the photographer and graciously allowed the Alabamian to use his photo.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Winston County is unique - not all people in Alabama, or anywhere for that matter, have the option of walking out their back door into a forest or protected wilderness area. Winston is home to the “land of 1,000 waterfalls.” Complaints, however, still come from residents concerned over the entrance to Caney Creek Falls, with residents filing into the Bankhead Liaison Panel meeting Dec. 11, at the Bernice Hilton Walker Building.

Problems escalated in 2018 when hikers and nature-seekers overwhelmed the small parking area at the entrance to the falls on County Road 2, angering the local residents. One RV even parked in the road, and Winston County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area with complaints most weekends throughout the summer. It got bad enough  that the county had to install towing warning signs for parking on the right-of-way.
“They park on both sides of the road, they park partially in the road.  That’s a small county road. It’s hard for two cars to meet right there. It’s a safety issue. The visitors leave their trash and park on private property. The county has signs posted, and that’s what we go over there to enforce,” Chief Deputy Bryan Kirkpatrick said.

 


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