Forest Service Re-Opens Closed Portion of Bartram Trail

TUSKEGEE, AL (August 11, 2017) – Thanks to a group of dedicated young adults, the south end of the William Bartram National Recreation Trail (NRT) located in the Tuskegee National Forest, Tuskegee, Ala. is now open to hikers after sustaining severe flood damage from the December 2015 storms.

Students ages 18-26 travelled to Alabama this summer to rehabilitate the popular Bartram Trail that was heavily eroded as a result of flooding from the Choctafaula River.  The students were part of a 10 person crew with Student Conservation Association (SCA). 

The SCA crew successfully relocated and rehabilitated the damaged portion of the Bartram trail, clearing vegetation, installing water bars and building switchbacks along ridgelines and slopes to create a moderately challenging, sustainable trail system.

“These outstanding individuals have made an unforgettable mark on our unit with their tenacity and work ethic as they assisted in the completion of the Bartram National Trail rehabilitation project,” said Acting Tuskegee District Ranger Mathias Wallace.

SCA is a non-profit group whose mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land through service opportunities, outdoor skills and leadership training.

The Bartram NRT was the first trail in the State to be designated a National Recreation Trail. The trail runs through the Tuskegee National Forest for about 8.5 miles from the northern trailhead along US Highway 29 to the southern trailhead at County Road 53 and Forest Service Road 913.  The Tuskegee National Forest has 11,252 acres of public land managed by the USDA Forest Service. For more information about recreation in Alabama’s national forests, visit or contact the U.S. Forest Service at 334-832-4470.

SCA helps with rehabilitating Bartram Trail
The SCA crew helps with rehabilitating the heavily damage Bartram Trail..
Top Row - Left to right: Jerome Young, Sam Reiler, Drew Lehman, Bro Johnson, Seori Stephens and Brian Conuel Bottom Row – Left to right: Ilana Goldin, Mary-Claire Neal, Hanna Reynolds and Laura Colgan .