DescriptionOn the Alabama-Florida border, Conecuh National Forest covers almost 84,000 acres. Backpacking is permitted along the 20-mile Conecuh Trail, which offers 5- and 13.5-mile loops through the forest and a 1.5-mile loop around Open Pond. Deer, squirrels, rabbits and quails are commonly sighted; alligators and wild turkeys also can be seen. The trail offers five different starting points, including Open Pond Recreation Area, which has year-round facilities for camping, fishing, boating, hiking and picnicking.
Bicycling is permitted on the north loop of the Conecuh Trail and the 1.5-mile loop around Open Pond. Blue Lake Recreation Area, 13 miles southwest of Andalusia via US 29 and SR 137, offers hiking, picnicking, swimming, fishing and boating Apr.-Oct. Trail maps can be purchased from the district ranger's office in Andalusia. Open Pond Recreation Area open daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m., year-round. Blue Lake Recreation Area open daily 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Apr.-Oct. Day-use fee $3. The office in Andalusia is open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30; closed federal holidays. For more information contact the District Rangers Office, 24481 SR 55, Andalusia, AL 36420; phone (334) 222-2555.