Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are concealed firearms permitted on national forests land in Alabama?
A. Visitors are allowed to carry concealed firearms on National Forest general forest areas, as long as they are in possession of a valid pistol permit issued by a county sheriff.
If the National Forest general forest area is also a State wildlife Management Area (WMA), state regulation generally prohibits all firearms unless a scheduled hunt is in progress, and even then, there are limitations on the types of firearms that may be carried. The State Department of Natural Resources should be contacted for specific regulations pertaining to firearm possession in WMAs.
No weapons, concealed or otherwise, may be carried onto a Forest Service or any other federal administrative office or site.
No firearms may be discharged within a Forest Service developed recreation site.
Q. Are fireworks allowed on national forest land?
A. 36 CFR 261.14 (d) prohibits discharging or igniting a firecracker, rocket or other firework, or explosive on national forest land.
Q. Is it legal to pick blueberries on national forest land?
A. One should first obtain a forest products permit before engaging in such activities
Q. Where are the ATV/OHV trails?
A. ATV/OHV trails are located in the Bankhead and Talladega National Forests. The Flint Creek Multiple-Use Trail is located in the Bankhead National Forest and the Kentuck ATV/OHV trail is located in the Talladega National Forest, Talladega District.
Q. Can I ride ATV/OHVs any where else on national forest land?
A. ATV/OHVs are allowed ONLY on the two designated trails. Those trails are located in the Bankhead National Forest (Flint Creek Multiple-Use Trail) and Talladega National Forests, Talladega District (Kentuck ATV/OHVTrail).
NOTE: State licensed off-road-vehicles (ORV) are permitted on all national forest roads that are open for public travel. Unlicensed ORVs 50 inches or less in width are permitted ONLY on designated trails. If your ORV/OHV is not registered and licensed by a state, you cannot ride on open roads used by the general public.
Q. How can I tell if my motorized bike is legal to ride on public roads?
A. You may contact the Probate Office in the county where you live.
Q. Are Mountain bikes allowed in the National Forests in Alabama?
A. Mountain bikes are allowed on the Flint Creek Multiple-Use Trail in the Bankhead National Forest; Kentuck ORV Trail in the Talladega National Forest, Talladega District; Pleasant Hill Mountain Bike Trail in the Tuskegee National Forest; Lake Howard Mountain Bike Trail in the Talladega National Forest, Talladega District; and Owl Creek Non-Motorized-Use Trail in the Bankhead National Forest.
NOTE: Mountain bike riding is also permitted on all national forest roads, in the general forest area and on horse trails. Mountain bikes are prohibited in Wilderness Ares and on all hiking trails.
Q. Is horseback riding allowed in the national forest?
A. Horseback riding is allowed in Alabama's four national forests on designated trails and open Forest Roads.
Q. Where can I purchase maps for the National Forests in Alabama?
A. Maps for the National Forests in Alabama can be purchased at any one of the six Ranger Districts and the Supervisor's Office in Montgomery. You may also purchase maps via mail (send a check or Money Order) or by telephone using an approved credit card.
Q. Where can I get information about maps?
A. You can get information about maps from this website in the Maps & Brochures section or by calling the National Forests in Alabama Supervisor's Office at 334-832-4470 Monday through Friday during office hours (7:30 - 4:00) or any one of the six Ranger Districts.
Q. Is a permit needed to camp on national forest land?
A. A Camping Permit is needed for a group of 12 or more in primitive areas. A permit is also required for large groups consisting of 75 or more individuals.
Alerts & Warnings
- Emergency Closure of FSR 651
- PUBLIC NOTICE REGARDING ATVs
- Rules for Forest Visitors
- Conecuh Hiking Trail Open
- POSTPONED Bankhead National Forest Youth Fishing Derby
- Forest Service is hiring hundreds of foresters across the nation!
- Law Enforcement Prohibited Acts