Alabama Forests

The Conecuh, Talladega, Tuskegee, William B. Bankhead National Forests encompass nearly 667,000 acres, stretch across 17 counties and are home to about 900 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

The four National Forests in Alabama are spread across the state, adding pockets of green in every corner.

If you enjoy scenery, you may be surprised to learn that this state actually has peaks higher than 2,000 feet. Elevations vary significantly in the forests ranging from more than 2,100 feet in the Piedmont area to only 100 feet in the Coastal Plain. The forests have splendid scenic drives and terrific places for wildlife viewing. High overlooks, rolling hills, and tree-studded flat land are among the contrasting terrains in the forests.

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The forests offer something for everyone. Picnicking, camping, swimming, fishing, boating, or finding a quiet spot to enjoy bird watching, hiking, horse-back riding and sightseeing are all possible on the forests. And so is hunting. There are five wildlife management areas located in the National Forests in Alabama and are cooperatively managed by the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Game animals include white-tailed deer, bobwhite quail, gray and fox squirrel, turkey, rabbit, raccoon, and various waterfowl. The four forests are home to a number of threatened, endangered and sensitive species, such as, the gopher tortoise, flattened musk turtle and the Red-cockaded Woodpecker.

Want to enjoy a closer look at nature? The Pinhoti Trails System in Talladega National Forests, Conecuh Trail in Conecuh National Forest, and the Bartram Trail in Tuskegee National Forest provide more than 150 miles of developed trails.

Equestrian trails are available to horse riders in the Bankhead, Talladega and Tuskegee National Forests. ATV trails are located in the Talladega and Bankhead National Forests.

Boaters and water skiers can enjoy large, clean lakes, which have enough quiet coves to satisfy anglers as well. Additionally, the Sipsey Wild and Scenic River in the Bankhead National Forest offers seasonal canoeing.

There are three wilderness areas within the National Forests in Alabama that encompass more than 41,000 acres. The 25,002-acre Sipsey Wilderness in the Bankhead National Forest, is the second largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi. The 7,245-acre Cheaha Wilderness in the Talladega National Forest offers high elevations, with numerous overlooks for panoramic views of east-central Alabama.

Dugger Mountain became the third wilderness area encompassing approximately 9,200 acres. Dugger Mountain is the second highest peak in Alabama with an elevation of 2,140 feet and is located in the Talladega National Forest.

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Alabama Forests statistics

State(s):
Alabama

Nearest large Urban Area:
Birmingham

Notes & Conditions:
Outdoor Alabama is a great resource for all things outdoors in the state. Visit the site for information on wildlife watching, hunting and fishing, permits and other great outdoor ideas. It is the official Web page for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Research campground locations and amenities at the U.S. National Forest Campground Directory. The Web site is full of pictures and detailed descriptions to help you plan your next trip.

If you want to experience a guided recreation trip in a National Forest, visit Adventure Vacation to learn about whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, camping, hiking and fishing trips.

Permits, passes, fees:
Maps:
Visit the National Forest Store to see what maps are available for this Forest and others you may want to visit.

First-timer's adventure:
Dugger Mountain became a designated Wilderness in 1999. It's small, but rugged and beautiful. There is only one trail through the Wilderness, called the Pinhoti Trail.

You can access the trail from a trailhead on either Rabbit Town Road (Route 55) or from FR 500 between Oak Level and Jacksonville. For more information, contact the Talladega National Forest at 205-926-9765.

Contact Info:
2946 Chestnut St.
Montgomery, AL 36107

334-832-4470
FAX: 334-241-8111

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September 18 2007 8:08 AM | Fabian said…

very kool


August 21 2007 10:10 AM | alex said…

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April 26 2007 11:11 AM | Diana Williams said…

Interesting.


April 25 2007 9:09 AM | test said…

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