USDA Forest Service Temporarily Suspends Public Access to Recreation Sites throughout Alabama’s National Forests

Release Date: Mar 26, 2020

(Montgomery, Alabama) March 26, 2020 ---- Public access to developed campgrounds, day use areas, and dispersed recreation area restrooms throughout Alabama’s Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee National Forest is temporarily suspended indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff.

Effective immediately, the following recreation sites are temporarily unavailable:

Bankhead National Forest
Houston Day Use Area
Brushy Lake Campground
Sipsey Trailhead (restroom only)
Natural Bridge Day Use Area
Pine Torch Horse Trailhead (restroom only)
Flint Creek Multiple Use Trailhead
Brushy Lake Day Use
McDougal Hunt Camp (restroom only)
Hurricane Creek Shooting Range
Owl Creek (restroom only)

Conecuh National Forest
Open Pond Recreation Area, Campground &
Day Use Area
Blue Lake Recreation Area
Conecuh Shooting Range

Tuskegee National Forest
Uchee Shooting Range

Talladega National Forest

Oakmulgee Ranger District
Payne Lake Recreation Area

Shoal Creek Ranger District
Coleman Lake Recreation Area
Warden Station Horse Camp
Pine Glen Campground
Henry Creek Shooting Range

Talladega Ranger District
Lake Chinnabee Day Use Area
Turnip Seed Campground
Shepherd Branch Shooting Range
Kentuck OHV Trailhead

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority.  We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

These actions have been taken based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and to promote social distancing.  Visitors are encouraged to contact the ranger district offices with additional questions, email or visit the forest website at





Supervisor’s Office

(334) 832-4470; (334) 334-235-5494 (334) 315-4926

Bankhead NF

(205) 489-5111

Conecuh NF

(334) 222-2555

Talladega NF


  Talladega District

(256) 362-2909

  Shoal Creek District

(256) 463-2272

  Oakmulgee District

(205) 926-9765/ (256) 239-7617

Tuskegee NF

(334) 727-2652



The National Forests in Alabama continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and adjustments to reservations and our reservation policies through Reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are any changes affecting their reservation. In the event of delayed openings of some, part, or all of the National Forests in Alabama recreation facilities to ensure safe social distancing, you will receive a full refund for your reservation. Please remember to review current recommendations from the CDC and focus on recreating safely while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees and our volunteers. 

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