Tuskegee National Forest

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Tuskegee National Forest

Alabama

(334) 832-4470

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Things To Do

Overview

Despite being the smallest national forest in the country, Tuskegee National Forest still offers visitors plenty of recreational activities. Hikers and bikers should be sure to explore the Bartram Trail, an 8.5 route that was the first trail in Alabama designated as a National Recreation Trail. Visitors can view various types of wildlife habitat, wild flowers, and flowering trees along the route. The Bedford V. Cash/Bold Destiny Memorial Trail, open to both hikers and horseback riders, winds for 16 miles through the northern half of the forest. An interpretive trail in the Tsinia Wildlife Viewing Area educates visitors on the various ecosystems found in the forest. For those looking to relax in the shade, the Taska Recreation Area provides picnic tables and grills for that perfect relaxing afternoon. Visitors looking to camp in the Tuskegee National Forest can choose from primitive hunter camps or they may camp along the Bartram Trail.

Map of Tuskegee Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 32.494970, -85.612650

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Bikers are welcome on the 8.5-mile Bartram Trail and the 4-mile Pleasant Hill Trail.

  • Camping

    Primitive camping is allowed anywhere in the Forest except during gun deer hunting season when camping is permitted at designated sites only. Hunter camps are located at 10 sites in the Tuskegee National Forest, the hunter camps are open year round and offer primitive camping. Visitors may also camp along the Bartram Trail.

  • Hiking

    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 8.5 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

    The Bold Destiny/Bedford Cash Memorial Trail in Tuskegee National Forest offers 14 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.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed on most national forest lands. Check with the ranger station for more information and regulations.

  • Picnicking

    Taska Recreation Area provides tables and grills for a relaxing picnic.

Phone Numbers

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(334) 832-4470

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