Famous National Forests of Alabama
Ranging from Cumberland Plateau in the north to the east coastal gulf plain in the south the national forests in Alabama are extensive natural resources and tourist destinations of the state. Comprised of four major forests known as the Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee, the forests in Alabama are great escapes for everyone who enjoys the outdoor recreation. The forests in Alabama not only preserve the threatened, endangered and sensitive species but have five wildlife management areas that are cooperatively managed by the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Bankhead National Forest
- Surrounded by various recreation activities like canoeing, picnicking, horseback riding and lovely cascading waterfalls, Bankhead is considered as the most beautiful National forests in Alabama occupying 198,385 acres in the northwestern part of the state in parts of Lawrence, Winston and Franklin counties.
- With thousands of species of birds, animals, reptiles and other endangered species and creatures and countless plant varieties the Bankhead National forest is an ideal outlet for public recreation activities.
- Overflowing with natural and cultural history, beautiful scenic views and extensive network of trails the Bankhead national forest is quite an outstanding spot to enjoy bird watching and hiking.
- Apart from sandstone cliffs, animal species, sloping canyon walls and cascading waterfalls, the Bankhead forests also features many undisturbed and large hardwoods plants like maple, oak, black gum, beech etc. The Bee Branch area of this forest is a famous tourist destination spot because of its amazing 500 year old tulip plant with over 150 feet.
Conecuh National Forest
- Located along the Alabama-Florida state line, in the East Gulf Coastal Plain the Conecuh is the nation’s southernmost national forest. With gradually sloping stream terraces and broad flood plains that rise to 100 feet above sea level the Conecuh forest are the most popular natural forests in Alabama. It spreads across 83,000 acres in Escambia and Covington counties along the Alabama-Florida state line.
- The 20-mile Conecuh Trail of this forest is a great hiking place for tourists with unique ecosystem that consists of winding creeks, cypress ponds, hardwood swamps and moss-covered cypress trees. The Conecuh national forest contains more than 23 species of carnivorous plants than in any part of the world and is also a great place for hikers and bird lovers.
Talladega National Forest
- Located in the East Gulf Coastal Plain with moderately sloping ridges and broad floodplains the Talladega National forest consists of 375,000 acres of land divided among three ranger districts of Alabama such as Okmulgee, Shoal Creek, and Talladega.
- Among other forests in Alabama, the Talladega is famous for extensive timbering, longleaf pine forests and grasslands. The 102 miles long Pinhoti National Trail and the 29-mile Talladega Scenic Mile Drive accessing Alabama's highest point, Cheaha Mountain (2,407 feet) are both famous camping and hiking destination spots for tourists.
Tuskegee National Forest
- Tuskegee which lies in the Macon County, the east-central part of the state is the smallest reserve among other forests in Alabama spreading only 11,000 acres.
- With abundant natural resources, wildlife habitat and various types of wild flowering plants this place is ideal for many recreational activities like mountain biking, horse riding, hiking and camping. Named after the naturalist and author William Bartram this forest consists of a most famous tourist trail attraction known as Bartram Trail which runs through Tuskegee area.
List of Alabama Forests
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