Location: Oxford, Alabama
Webpage: National Forest
General Description: The Talladega National Forest consists of 392,567 acres at the southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains. The National Forest consists of three districts: Oakmulgee, Talladega, and Shoal Creek. The Oakmulgee District consists of level to moderately sloping, broad ridges with stream terraces and broad floodplains while the Talladega and Shoal Creek Districts consist of upland hills and low mountains with predominantly moderately steep slopes. There are numerous hiking trails, campgrounds, and fishing lakes open to the public in each of the districts.
1) The only district we visited was the Talladega District near Cheaha State Park. We drove the short distance to Lake Chinnabee where we hiked the two mile Lake Shore Trail that circles the lake. The trail is an easy trail that is well marked but is rough in places due to low maintenance of the trail. It stays close to the lake providing many excellent views of the lake and surrounding hillsides. As northeastern Alabama was experiencing a severe drought in late October when we visited the Lake was itself was very low and all of the streams feeding the lake were dry and there was no outflow from the dam. Except for some turtles sunning on logs in the lake we did not see any wildlife. You could still see many downtrees caused by hurricane Opal back in 1995.