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Double Springs is a small town located inside the William B. Bankhead National Forest in Winston County, Alabama. The town serves as the county seat and sits on the headwaters of the Sipsey Fork about 25 miles north of Jasper in the northwest portion of the state. As of the 2000 census, the population of Double Springs was 1,003 residents. Double Springs is also near Lewis Smith Lake, which is known as the second cleanest lake in the country, behind Lake Tahoe. The town of Double Springs was incorporated in May, 1943, but its history dates back much further. By an act of the Alabama Legislature in 1824, a road was authorized to be built beginning seven miles south of Moulton in the direction of Tuscaloosa. Wyatt Cheatham and Mathew Payne discovered two springs while surveying the old road and named them “Double Springs” and the name stuck as the community grew and prospered. Today, where you stand looking south along Main Street in Double Springs is the route of the old road.

Double Springs is situated in the northwestern Appalachian foothills of Winston County. A large portion of the county is part of the William B. Bankhead National Forest and the entire county encompasses 614 square miles. This region is known as the “land of a thousand waterfalls,” and is filled with many clear, swift running streams, limestone bluffs and scenic waterfalls. The William B. Bankhead National Forest is Alabama's largest national forest and is home to the state's only National Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey Fork. The 180,581-acre park is named in honor of William B. Bankhead, a longtime United States Representative from Alabama. The park is popular for hiking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, swimming, canoeing and more. Native American relics abound in the Double Springs area, as well, and the National Park is known as one of the Southern United State's premier sites for prehistoric drawings, rock carvings and petroglyphs. In addition to the William B. Bankhead National Forest, Double Springs is near Lewis Smith Lake, which is a man-made lake that covers 21,000 acres. This three-fingered lake has over 500 miles of shoreline and the largest earthen dam in the eastern United States.

Double Springs is a lovely rural community located in the midst of one of the most beautiful areas of the state, yet it's only approximately 25 miles from the city of Birmingham. You will find a region rich in natural beauty and heritage, mingled with the modern conveniences of today. The town of Double Springs is home to several excellent restaurants and comfortable, modern hotels abound in the area. In addition, Double Springs is home to a campground that offers both primitive camping and sites for motor homes and trailers. Also, with northwestern Alabama's mild year round climate, any time of the year is a good time to visit. Nature lovers will especially appreciate Double Springs, but it's also for anyone looking for a quiet, secluded vacation getaway destination.


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