Talladega National Forest


A view of Chinnabee Lake on Talladega National Forest
Chinnabee Lake, Talladega National Forest

Located in central and northeastern Alabama at the southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains, Talladega National Forest contains some 392,567 acres in two non-contiguous parcels.

A view of Sweetwater Lake

Before the land was purchased by the federal government in the 1930's, most of it had been clear-cut and was among the most eroded and abused wasteland in Alabama. Now, almost eighty years later, the forest is a full regrowth of pines and oaks that hosts a diverse and abundant eco-system
The forest is managed through three ranger districts: Oakmulgee in the central part of the state and Shoal Creek and Talladega in the northeastern part of the state.

Talladega National Forest is home to the Cheaha and Dugger Mountain Wilderness areas and the Talladega Scenic Drive.

Talladega Ranger District - Recreation Sites

Sites Amenities
Lake Chinnabee Boating available nearbyCamping availableHiking trails availableFishing available nearbyPicnic sites availableToilets availableGroup camping availableHandicapped Accessible
Pinhoti National Recreation Trail Camping availableHiking trails available
Kentuck ORV Trail Camping availablePicnic sites availableToilets availableGroup camping available
Chinnabee Silent Hiking Trail Camping availableHiking trails available
Odum Scout Hiking Trail Camping availableHiking trails available
Shepherd Branch Shooting Range Toilets availableShooting allowed
Lake Virginia Boating available nearbyGroup camping available
Lake Wills Boating available nearbyGroup camping availableTrailer camping available
Turnipseed Campground Camping availablePicnic sites availableToilets availableGroup camping availableFee Area
Lake Howard Mountain Bike Trail Hiking trails availableBicyle trails available nearby
Hunter Camps (7 sites) Camping availableHiking trails availableHunting allowed
 

Ockmulgee Ranger District - Recreation Sites

Sites Amenities
Payne Lake Recreation Area Boating available nearbyCamping availableHiking trails availableFishing available nearbyPicnic sites availableToilets availableSwimming available nearbyTrailer Dump Station availableGroup camping availableDrinking Water availableShowers availableHandicapped AccessibleFee Area
Vick Shooting Range Toilets availableShooting allowed
South Sandy Shooting Range Camping availableShooting allowed
Hunting Camps (10 sites) Camping availableHiking trails availableHunting allowed
 

Shoal Creek Ranger District - Recreation Sites

Sites Amenities
Coleman Lake Recreation Area Boating available nearbyCamping availableHiking trails availableFishing available nearbyPicnic sites availableToilets availableSwimming available nearbyTrailer Dump Station availableGroup camping availableDrinking Water availableShowers availableHandicapped AccessibleFee Area
Pine Glen Recreation Area Camping availableHiking trails availableFishing available nearbyPicnic sites availableToilets availableGroup camping availableFee Area
Warden Station Horse Camp Camping availableTrailer CampingHiking trails availableHorseback riding trails available nearbyToilets availableGroup camping availableDrinking Water availableFee Area
Hunting Camps (4 sites) Camping availableHiking trails availableShooting allowed
Big Oak Physically Disabled Hunting Camp Camping availableToilets availableHandicapped Accessible
Pinhoti National Recreation Trail Camping availableHiking trails available
Sweetwater Lake Boating available nearbyCamping availableTrailer Camping availableFishing available nearbyGroup camping available
Morgan Lake Boating available nearbyCamping availableTrailer campingFishing available nearbyGroup camping available
High Rock Lake Boating available nearbyCamping availableHiking trails available
Talladega Scenic Drive Hiking trails availableHandicapped Accessible
Henry Creek Shooting Range Shooting allowed
 
A view of Little Wills Reservoir on Talladega National Forest
Little Wills Reservoir, Talladega National Forest
Photos courtesy of the US Forest Service