Kinlock Shelter

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Kinlock Shelter
Rock shelter
Country United States
State Alabama
Regions Bankhead National Forest, Lawrence County
Location Near Kinlock Falls
Visitation Visitation Allowed

The Kinlock Shelter is a Rock shelter and Native American cultural site located just outside Sipsey Wilderness in Bankhead National Forest,[1] near Double Springs, Alabama. The shelter is located not far from Hubbard Creek, near a former Civilian Conservation Corps work camp off Kinlock Road. The name "Kinlock" is taken from a former plantation nearby.[2][3]

Kinlock Shelter, occasionally referred to as the Kinlock Antiquities, is the home of a Native American Winter Solstice sunrise ritual.[4] The shelter was first used by the Yuchi Tribe who used the site and the patterns drawn in the rock as part of a trance-inducing process, and for ceremonial acknowledgement of solar cycles.[3] The site has also been used by other tribes, including the Cherokee. It has been used for many thousands of years.[5]

Possession of alcoholic beverages and camping without a written permit from the United States Forest Service is prohibited inside Kinlock Shelter.[6]


  1. ^ Rozema, Vicki. Footsteps of the Cherokees. John F. Blair, Publisher. p. 358. ISBN 0-89587-346-X. 
  2. ^ Alabama's Canyons, Charles Seifred
  3. ^ a b Walking Sipsey, Intro by Terra Manasco, Jim Manasco.
  4. ^ Walking Sipsey, Jim Manasco.
  5. ^ Decatur Daily, Sacred spaces Priest identifies 12 'places of secret prayer in Alabama,
  6. ^ Crawford, Miera B. (15 June 2007). "National Forests In Alabama Order Number 20070107" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-12-23. 

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