About Talladega National ForestDivided into two sections, Talladega National Forest consists of the Talladega division (235,000 acres) in eastern Alabama near the Georgia border and the Oakmulgee division (157,000 acres) just southeast of Tuscaloosa in west-central Alabama. Within the Oakmulgee Division is the 45,000-acre Oakmulgee Wildlife Management Area surrounding Payne Lake.
The Oakmulgee District Ranger’s office is open Mon.-Fri. 7:30-4; closed federal holidays. For more information contact the Talladega National Forest, Forest Service Office (Oakmulgee), 9901 Highway 5, Brent, AL 35034-3801; phone (205) 926-9765.
The Talladega Division contains two wildlife management areas: 39,320-acre Choccolocco in the northern portion and 31,943-acre Hollins in the southern portion. Also in the Talladega Division is the Pinhoti Trail system, which traverses the highest terrain in Alabama, providing a 145-mile hike through rugged but scenic country between the towns of Piedmont and Sylacauga. The trail connects through Georgia to the Appalachian trail by way of a road walk. Several miles of marked side trips and loop trails branch off the main trail. Also within this division is the Cheaha Wilderness, comprising 7,245 acres and the 9,200-acre Dugger Mountain Wilderness. Warden Station Horse Camp offers 43 miles of scenic trails. The 23-mile Kentuck ORV Trail is used by ATV enthusiasts. The Sylaward Mountain Bike Trail, near Sylacauga, provides 14 miles of hills and thrills.
The Talladega Scenic Drive runs through 23 miles of the forest, following the crest of Horseblock Mountain along SR 281. The Talladega District Ranger's office is open Mon.-Fri. 7:30-4; closed federal holidays. For more information contact the Talladega National Forest, Forest Service Office, 1001 North St. (SR 21N), Talladega, AL 35160; phone (256) 362-2909.
The Shoal Creek District Ranger’s office is open Mon.-Fri. 7:30-4; closed federal holidays. For more information contact the Talladega National Forest, Forest Service Office (Shoal Creek), 45 Hwy. 281, Heflin, AL 36264; phone (256) 463-2272. See Recreation Areas Chart.
Talladega National Forest, AL
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