Tuskegee National Forest

News

The Tuskegee Ranger District office will be closed Wednesday and Thursday of this week for staff training and administrative day.  The office will reopen on Friday, December 5, 2014. 

New District Office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm, closed Tuesday and Thursdays. View the Public Notice »

Recreation

Below is an overview of the activities offered at Tuskegee National Forest.  You will find additional information in the Recreation Activities section.

For detailed information on hunting in the National Forests in Alabama and Alabama’s Wildlife Management Areas, please visit the Official Web site of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Taska Recreation Area
This is a must stop recreation area in the Tuskegee National Forest. Taska Recreation Area offers picnicking and sanitary facilities. Taska Recreation Area is open year round and offers facilities for the physically challenged. Taska is a daylight use area only.

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Uchee Shooting Range

Uchee Shooting Range Passes are available at the following locations:

Torch 85 Auto/Truck Plaza
Day Passes
Exit 42 (Jct I85 & Wire Road)
Tuskegee, AL
334-727-7993
Open 24 Hrs/Day

Money Mizer Pawn and Jewelry
Day & Annual Passes
1027-B Opelika Road
Auburn, AL 36830
334-502-2400
9 am-6 pm M-F
9 am- 4 pm Sat

Firing Pin
Day Passes
3900 Pepperell Parkway
Opelika, AL 36801
334-737-6444
10 am-6 pm M-F
10 am- 4 pm Sat

Campgrounds

Primitive camping is allowed anywhere in the Forest except during gun deer hunting season when camping is permitted at designated sites only.

Designated camps are located at 14 sites in the Tuskegee National Forest, the designated camps are open year round and offer primitive camping.

Hiking

Bartram National Recreation Trail
The scenic Bartram Trail is the first trail in Alabama to be designated a National Recreation Trail. The trail runs through the Tuskegee National Forest for about eight and one half (8 1/2) miles. The Bartram Trail passes through various types of forest wildlife habitat. Trail hikers can see a wide variety of wild flowers and flowering trees, including dogwood and magnolias. Bartram Trail hikers may also get fleeting glimpses of deer, turkey, or other wildlife as they scurry through the forest.

Horseback Riding

Bold Destiny/Bedford Cash Memorial Trail
The Bold Destiny/Bedford Cash Memorial Trail in Tuskegee National Forest offers 15 miles of riding pleasure in the northern half of the forest. The trail winds through the rolling upland sand hills and traverses managed forest land where riders and hikers see planted pines ranging from 1 to 50 years old. At some stream crossings, hardwoods ranging from 80 to 90 years old can be seen.

Day Use Passes

Day Use passes can now be purchased at the Tuskegee Ranger District office and the following business:
Tuskegee, AL

  • Y Grocery
  • Torch 85 Truck Stop

Auburn, AL

  • Heart of Dixie
  • Money Mizer Pawn & Jewelry

History

The Tuskegee Land Utilization Project which was also known as the Tuskegee Planned Land Use Demonstration, was located about two and one-half miles northeast of Tuskegee in Macon County. The original project area consisted of approximately 10,358 acres of land and was purchased by the federal government during a three-year period of 1935 to 1938.

The purchase of this land was authorized by the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, also known as the Submarginal Land Program. This program's objectives were to acquire eroded, worn-out farmland, resettle the occupants and develop the newly purchased land for other uses such as forestry, wildlife and recreation. Many other changes and actions occurred prior to the area being proclaimed a national forest.

On November 27, 1959, the area was proclaimed the Tuskegee National Forest by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Prior to federal government acquisition, the area that is now the Tuskegee National Forest was one of the most abused, eroded wastelands in Alabama. The land was 80 percent cut-over.