Talladega National Forest: Talladega Ranger District
Trailers and motor homes are permitted in all developed recreation areas. Generally, most of the recreation areas in the forest will accommodate trailers up to 22 feet long. Primitive camping is allowed in the national forest unless posted otherwise.
Permits are not needed for primitive camping, except during gun deer hunting season. Campers are responsible for your fire and any wildfire that results from a spreading campfire. Remember to leave your campfire "dead out".
Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area
Due to recent storm damage, this site is closed until further notice. Call the district office for more information at 256-362-2909.
Not far from Cheaha State park is Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area. This 17-acre lake and small campground are tucked into a pastoral valley of peacefulness. Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area has 8 campsites and offers camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing and the Chinnabee Silent Trail connects the campground to Cheaha Wilderness.
Enjoy nature at its best especially during the fall when mother nature dazzles you with an array of vibrant colors. This primitive camp is located near the Cheaha Wilderness Area and offers camping and hiking. Turnipseed Camp is open year round and has sanitary facilities.
If you're a natural for the outdoors, this is the place to be. Enjoy the forest and the home of many wild game species. Hunter Camps are open year round for forest users.
This 6-mile trail, in the Talladega National Forest-Talladega Division, goes by waterfalls near Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area, and near the Talladega Scenic Drive.
Lake Shore Trail
A two-mile nature trail around Lake Chinnabee in the Talladega National Forest-Talladega Division.
Cave Creek Trail
A four-mile trail in the Cheaha Wilderness Area located in the Talladega National Forest-Talladega Division.
Nubbin Creek Trail
This four-mile trail traverses the eastern slopes of Talladega Mountain in the Cheaha Wilderness Area.
This trail is about 4.7 miles long in the Cheaha Wilderness and located in the Talladega National Forest-Talladega Division.
Skyway Loop Trail
This 6-mile trail provides wilderness-like solitude in the upland forests of eastern Alabama. Skyway Loop Trail is located in the Talladega National Forest - Talladega Division.
ORV / ATV Trails
Kentuck ORV Trail
This trail is designed for motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), and mountain bikes. Kentuck ORV Trail is located in the Talladega National Forest- Talladega Division.
NOTE: Kentuck ORV Trail is closed due to wet weather and to do repairs/maintenance. It is scheduled to reopen June 30. Call 256-362-2909. You may consider Flint Creek Multiple Use Trail in the Bankhead National Forest. Call 205-489-5111 for more information.
The forest can be easily reached from I-20 east of Birmingham.
To reach the Talladega Ranger Station, from I-20 in Anniston, take the AL-21 exit, south toward Talladega.