Tuskegee National Forest

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Notices:

Permits for Firewood and Forest Products

Permits for firewood and forest products are temporarily not available at the Tuskegee Ranger District due to a major malfunction of the Point of Sale equipment.  Please contact the District Office at 334-727-2652 or visit the Forest website when firewood and forest products permits will resume.  Visitors can contact the Talladega District in Talladega, AL - 256-362-2909, the closes national forest to the Tuskegee District, for firewood/forest products permits.  We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Uchee Shooting Range Maintenance Schedule

The Tuskegee National Forest will close the Uchee Shooting Range for up to 4-hours on certain days throughout the year for necessary maintenance.   Help us keep this popular recreation site safe and fun for all visitors.  Properly dispose all litter before leaving the shooting range. Please refer to the schedule below for specific months, days and times.  Contact the Tuskegee District (M-F) at 334-727-2652 or visit the Forest Service website at www.fs.usda.gov/alabama for information regarding shooting passes.  For emergencies, dial 911.

  • October 1 - March 31 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Mondays
  • April 1 - September 30 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Mondays or Wednesdays

News

The University of Alabama and USDA Forest Service Partner to Conduct Visitor Use Surveys Throughout Alabama’s National Forests. Full Story.

Forest Service Temporarily Closing Fishing Ponds in Tuskegee National Forest

August 1, 2018 – The U.S. Forest Service is temporarily closing the Thloko and Okhussee Fish Ponds (also referred to as Patillo Ponds) within the Tuskegee National Forest located off Forest Service Road 911 in Macon County.  The purpose of the pond closure is to maintain current fish stocking levels and improve the fish habitat, allowing time for growth and reproduction. The temporary closure order through 36 CFR 220.6(d)(1) is effective immediately for almost one year until Saturday June 1, 2019. 

According to Tuskegee District Ranger Darrius Truss the improvements to the Tuskegee National Forest ponds will provide years of fishing enjoyment that’s free to the public.  “We would like to thank the Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District, Mid-South RC & D and Alabama State representatives for their support in making this fishing for families program and initiative a reality,” said Truss.

For more information about additional recreation opportunities, please contact the Tuskegee Ranger District at 334-727-2652 or visit the Forest Service internet site at www.fs.usda.gov/alabama.

Tuskegee Fishing Pond Closure.

Forest Service Re-Opens Closed Portion of Bartram Trail

Release Date: Aug 11, 2017  

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.

Full story on Bartram Trail re-opening

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.

Maps

Tuskegee National Forest Trail Map

PLEASE NOTE: Purchase Maps and Passes in person at one of our Forest Service District Offices. Please locate an office closest to you.

  1. Bankhead National Forest - 1070 Highway 33, Double Springs, AL (205-489-5111)
  2. Conecuh National Forest - 24481 Alabama Hwy 55, Andalusia, AL (334-222-2555)
  3. Talladega National Forest - Oakmulgee District, 9901 Highway 5, Brent, AL (205-926-9765)
  4. Talladega National Forest -Shoal Creek District, 45 Highway 281, Heflin, AL (256-463-2272)
  5. Talladega National Forest–Talladega District, 1001 North St. (Hwy 21 North), Talladega, AL(256-362-2909)
  6. Tuskegee National Forest, 125 National Forest Road 949, Tuskegee, Alabama (334-727-2652)

*National Forests in Alabama Maps can also be purchased online at The National Forest Store or call 971-263-3149.

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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

List and information of locations where Day and Annual Passes can be purchased for the Shooting Range.

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. Bedford/Bold Destiny Trail-History

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.





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