Talladega National Forest is located in Alabama. Only 50 or so miles southeast of Birmingham, it sits at the southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains. The forest covers nearly 400,000 acres and is administered by three districts – Talladega, Shoal Creek, and Oakmulgee. Trees, wild flowers, and an abundance of wildlife make biking and hiking in Talladega National Forest a treat for any visitor.
Pinhoti Trail is a big draw for long-distance hikers and backpackers. The trail is 339 miles long and serves as the southeast connector to the Appalachian Trail. Talladega National Forest also houses Cheaha Wilderness and the highest point in the state of Alabama: Cheaha Mountain. If you’re up for it, summiting Cheaha Mountain is an enjoyable experience and will provide some of the best views in the state.
Talladega has some of the best hiking within short driving distance of Birmingham and Atlanta, GA. The best day hikes in the national forest are listed below. Enjoy getting outside and experiencing this beautiful, peaceful Alabama wilderness!
Trailhead Traveler Best Hikes in Talladega National Forest
- Cave Creek Trail : 3.9 miles one-way
- Chinnabee Silent Trail: 6.3 miles one-way
- Mt. Cheaha Summit Route: 5.9 miles out and back
- Pinhoti Trail – section #5, Parkers Gap to Adams Gap: 15.5 miles one-way
- Skyway Loop: 17.7 miles loop