Visiting Talladega: Suggested Day Trips to Talladega National Forest

Talladega National Forest in central Alabama covers nearly 400,000 acres of wooded mountains and hills. The forest has many recreational opportunities for visitors to enjoy.

Talladega Scenic Byway
1409 Coliseum Blvd.
Montgomery, AL 36110
www.dot.state.al.us

The Talladega Scenic Byway is a comfortable way to catch some breathtaking views of the forest. You can drive this two-lane paved road through the mountains and valleys at your own pace, and stop along the way to take pictures and enjoy the views. The byway is 26 miles long, and continues up Cheaha Mountain, the highest mountain in Alabama at more than 2,000 feet in elevation. Although the byway is open year round, visitors recommend going during the fall season when the leaves are changing colors. In the winter months, roads in the area are often closed. Check with the Alabama Department of Transportation if you're planning a trip during this season. The byway is just a short drive from your Talladega bed and breakfast.

Cheaha Resort State Park
19644 Hwy. 281
Delta, AL 36258
(800) ALA-PARK
www.alapark.com

Cheaha Resort State Park is located in the Talladega National Forest in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. You can find many ways to spend the day whether it be hiking, climbing, swimming, fishing or just having a relaxing picnic. There is a lodge and restaurant in the park. Bunker Tower is located at the highest point on Cheaha Mountain, with an observation are in the tower giving visitors an amazing view of the forest below. Take the wooden walkway to Bald Rock, which gives even more views of the area. The park is open from 7:00 a.m. to sundown. There are special events held at the park throughout the year.

Pinhoti Trail
2946 Chestnut St.
Montgomery, AL 36107
www.fs.fed.us

The Pinhoti Trail is a 104-mile trail that will take you through the Talladega National Forest. It connects with the Appalachian Trail, which leads all the way up to Maine. The Pinhoti Trail is a secluded, mountainous trail that is best for those who are experienced hikers. You must bring along any supplies you need, although there is a side trail at the halfway mark that will lead you to a supply shop. There are places for hikers to set up camp along the trail. The trail is well maintained and sees light to heavy use. Because of its geographical location, the weather gets very hot in the summer, so bring along plenty of water.

Lake Chinnabee Recreational Area
1001 N. Street
Talladega, AL 35160
(256) 362-2909

The Lake Chinnabee Recreational Area is a great place to spend the day. You can enjoy boating, fishing or swimming on the 17-acre lake. There is a small campground and handicap accessible areas for picnicking. This spot is just down the road from your Talladega inn.