The National Forests in Alabama are scattered throughout the state of Alabama.
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In Alabama, national forests are great escapes! Experience the beauty and excitement of the Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee National Forests. There’s something for everyone who enjoys the great outdoors.

You will not want to miss Bee Branch, a 500-year old poplar tree that looms 150 feet over the Bankhead National Forest, surrounded by canoeing, picnicking, horseback riding, and lovely cascading waterfalls.

If seclusion and peace is what you desire, look no further than the Talladega National Forest, rich in wild game, camping, and hiking paradises. The Talladega National Forest is administered by three districts –  Talladega, Shoal Creek and Oakmulgee.

Tuskegee National Forest is overflowing with natural and cultural history. Visitors can view various types of wild flowers, flowering trees and wildlife habitat while hiking or mountain biking.  Picnic tables, grills and an interpretive kiosk are areas of interest.

Nature lovers relish the natural diversity of the Conecuh National Forest. Wildlife includes abundant game–white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobwhite quail—and many other rare and interesting species, including endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises, indigo snakes, fox squirrels, carnivorous pitcher plants, and numerous species of frogs.  These plants and animals make themselves home in a diversity of habitats that include open fire-maintained longleaf pine forest, bogs, sinkhole ponds, springs, canebrakes, and bottomland hardwood swamps.

Hiking is one of the most popular recreation activities in Alabama’s national forests. There’s more than 342 miles of trails for outdoor recreationist.

Our “Get Moving” in your national forest initiative encourages you to get off the couch and exercise in the backdrop of nature filled with hiking, biking, swimming or riding.

Plan Your Trip

If you are looking for something different when planning vacations, reunions, day trips, or places to exercise, consider visiting Alabama’s national forests. Recreation sites in the Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega, and Tuskegee National Forests offer an assortment of recreation opportunities throughout the year. is a one-stop website to find your recreation location anywhere in the United States including Alabama’s National Forests. Ask about the interagency pass and how you can benefit. You can also use to make reservations and payments online for tours, camp sites and other accommodations.

We want to hear about your experience. “Share your story” about your national forest visit at Contact a Forest Service office to assist you with planning your trip. There are many free brochures and on-line maps to purchase to assist with planning your trip.

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Recent News


Great Escapes Mobile App

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The U.S. Forest Service announced the initial phase of a newly created mobile device application for outdoor enthusiasts interested in planning trips to Alabama’s four national forests – Bankhead, Talladega, Conecuh and Tuskegee.  Alabama “Great Escapes” mobile app is available for download at the google play store.

Center Stage - Spotlight on our Valuable Resources

Center Stage

“Center Stage” is a series of stories about our most valuable resources - Forest Service employees. Learn more about how National Forests in Alabama employees are making a difference for the national forest and their communities.

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Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness

Wilderness 50 Years 1964 - 2014 Yours to enjoy, to protect

Learn more about the wilderness experience and events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Know Before You Drive

Pick up a free motor vehicle use map today.  Visit any Forest Service district office to receive a free map, sunglasses and a disposable rain poncho. First come, first serve.


Coleman Lake Campground Notification of Proposed Fee Change

Fees help pay for the cost of operating and maintaining this recreation facility. Contact the Shoal Ranger District for more information.

Campground Hosts Needed in the Bankhead National Forest

Volunteer for the Bankhead National Forest and be a campground host in one of the following areas: Clear Creek, Corinth, and Houston Recreation Areas.

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