At just 84,000 acres, Conecuh National Forest sits in southern Alabama across from the Florida state line. Mobile is the closest big city to the forest a little less than 2 hours away. Being just above the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida panhandle, this forest is a mix of hardwood swamps and native longleaf pines. The pine forest is what makes this area great to visit and offers opportunities to fish, hike, camp, and view wildlife.
Open Pond Recreation Area has 3 visitor-friendly bodies of water including Open Pond, a natural sinkhole lake. A little further north, Blue Lake Recreation Area is another section of the forest where fishing and swimming is allowed. Bird watching is also an extremely popular activity in Conecuh. The national forest is home to numerous groups of rare Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, along with other beautiful bird species.
The 20-mile Conecuh Trail is the only hiking trail in the forest and can be separated into sections for day hikers. The trail was built in 1976 by the Youth Conservation Corps and was extended by them each year. The south loop leads to Blue Springs, a large natural spring of clear, icy blue water.
Trailhead Traveler Best Hikes in Conecuh National Forest
- Conecuh Trail: 20 mile loop
- South Loop: 6.7 miles
- North Loop: 14 miles