Welcome to WOTW!




Come join  Watchers of the Wilderness and explore the great outdoors  with fellow hikers. We explore the various trails in the Sipsey Wilderness and others in Bankhead National Forest with an occasional field trip to other locations. Hikes  are  generally three to six miles in length with an average elevation gain of up to 1,000 feet. 

We are not rangers, volunteers, or a formal organization. We are a network connected by our Facebook group and by this site as a social group that brings people together for getting out into the wilderness. We will do stewardship events where we clean the forest of trash, restore campsites,  and teach some basic techniques used in backpacking and hiking.

What’s your skill level? Only you can determine that, but we all start somewhere. We will schedule hikes, and you can ask us  what fitness level  and equipment you need to comfortably enjoy yourself.

We believe in the  Leave No Trace Principles that were developed by www.LNT.org 

We will promote sharing the beauty of our public forest landmarks by providing GPS coordinates and what we believe to be safe routes with difficulty ratings.


-We will always be honest.

-We will promote Leave No Trace Principles.

-We will promote 10 Essentials.

-We will promote visitors to our beautiful places.

-We are expected to make safe decisions.

-We will clean up after others.

-We will not become a group of elitist.

-We will be friends, stewards and adventurist above all.

- We will respect our members at all times.

- It is our creed to respect all people in and out of our social hiking group.

The regular hiking group meets on scheduled days of every month throughout the year with some exceptions due to weather or holidays.

IMPORTANT: In order to participate in the hiking group, each member must complete the release form. Please download the release form on our "FORMS" page and return it completed & signed to the hiking group leader,  at your first hike.

For more information, contact Chip Carlisle by form submission on this site's homepage. 


our Brand

WOTW Logo Use

The logo is among our most valuable assets. In order to protect watchers  of the  Wilderness (WOTW)  rights in the marks, their use must be limited. This policy statement sets forth the conditions under which the marks may and may not be used. All arrangements for commercial use of the WOTW name initiated after the date this policy is adopted are subject to this policy.

Without the express permission of the WOTW, neither the logo nor the name may be used:

  1. By any person or group for non-WOTW purposes;
  2. Within the name of a special interest group (SIG), its newsletter, or on any products produced or distributed by the group;

If using the logo on envelopes, stationery, business cards, a website or other similar publications, it is appropriate only if accompanied by the text "Watchers of  the  Wilderness“

Members  of  the  Watchers  of the  Wilderness  FaceBook  group may  use  the  logo  for  social  media  post.

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Privacy Policy


Who we are

Our main website address is: www.watchersofthewilderness.com

This privacy policy applies to the Watchers of the Wilderness Website and Facebook Group

Our privacy policy applies to our main Watchers of the Wilderness  website at www.watchersofthewilderness.com hosted by godaddy.com, our Member  site at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/309595903207837/ hosted by Facebook.com, and our social websites at at Twitter.com and Instagram.com

If you upload images to the gallery website, you should know that uploading images with embedded location data included will inform viewers of the location of the photo. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


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Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

We provide links to other websites. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statement of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Our links to other websites may be changed by website owners without our knowledge. Failure to access those websites will result.

Whom we share your data with

We do not share your profile data with anyone. In the event we facilitate communication between members, we will attempt to obtain permission from both members before passing on data.

What rights you have over your data

We typically only keep data used for communicating electronically or rarely by mail ( i.e. shirt, patch orders etc.). You can ask to be removed by contacting us. We will only keep data required for legal purposes (i.e. hiking release forms)

How we protect your data

We take precautions to protect your information. 

We will not collect credit card information and any transactions for merchandise or other will be collected via PayPal or similar service.

Only members who need your information to perform a specific job (for example, placing merchandise orders ) are granted access to personally identifiable information. (i.e. mailing, phone or email list)

Privacy accountability

Members who feel that we are not abiding by the terms of this privacy policy should contact us immediately via the contact us submission on this site.

What third parties we receive data from

We do not receive data from third parties, only from our membership.

Errors and Inaccuracies

Information on this website may contain typographical errors and inaccuracies and may not be complete or current. Such errors may be corrected at any time without prior notice. Such inaccuracies or omissions do not constitute binding statements.

No liability to site or FaceBook group Administrators, Moderators or Members

Under no circumstances shall any of the Watchers of the Wilderness administrators, moderators or members or agents be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages arising out of or in connection with the use of or inability to use this website.

Members’ representation

The Watchers of The Wilderness Website and Facebook Group do not present or endorse the views or opinions of any particular member of the Club. Please do not download, distribute, modify, or revise any content without the written permission from the WOTW Webmaster and Administrator.