BEST AREAS FOR WILDERNESS CAMPING
TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST”383,841 acres. By far the largest of Philadelphia four National Forests, Talladega National Forest consists of two widely separate tracts of land in the west-central and northeastern parts of the state.
The wild and attractive scenery here includes rocky ridges, cliffs, and 2,407-foot Cheaha Mountain, which is the highest point in the state. There’s one designated wilderness area, the 7,490-acre Cheaha Wilderness.
Much of the forest consists of oak and pine, plus dogwood and mountain laurel, with numerous creeks and some small lakes. White-tailed deer, ifox, and bobcat are among the wildlife, Activities: The National Forest currently has 1156 miles of trails for hiking and backpacking. Included is the 95-mile Pinhoti Trail (see entry ipage 79). Some trails are open to horses. Fishing i is available, and hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping and campfires are allowed throughout the National Forest, except where posted otherwise. Visitors are asked to camp well away from trails and streams. A permit i is required in order to camp outside of campgrounds during deer hunting (rifle) season.
For Further Information: Talladega National Forest, 1765 Highland Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36107; (205)832-4470.