Talladega National Forest

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Talladega National Forest
Cheaha Lake in the Fall.jpg
Cheaha Mountain, Alabama's highest point, is located in Talladega National Forest.
Map showing the location of Talladega National Forest
Map showing the location of Talladega National Forest
LocationAlabama, USA
Nearest cityTalladega, AL
Coordinates33°11′46″N 86°27′45″W / 33.19611°N 86.46250°W / 33.19611; -86.46250Coordinates: 33°11′46″N 86°27′45″W / 33.19611°N 86.46250°W / 33.19611; -86.46250
Area392,567 acres (1,588.66 km2)
EstablishedJuly 17, 1936[1]
Governing bodyU.S. Forest Service

The Talladega National Forest is located in the U.S. state of Alabama and covers 392,567 acres (613.39 sq mi, or 1,588.66 km2) at the southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains.[2]

Before it was bought by the federal government in the 1930s, the area that comprises the Talladega was extensively logged and represented some of the most abused, eroded wastelands in all of Alabama. Pine forest regrowth now hosts a diverse eco-system.

The tiny 7,400 acre (30 km2) Cheaha Wilderness preserves a portion of this natural wealth on Talladega Mountain. The forest's second wilderness area, the Dugger Mountain Wilderness protects the area around Alabama's second-highest mountain peak.

Indigenous animals inhabiting this forest include coyote, black bear, white-tailed deer, two species of fox, bobwhite quail, two species of squirrel, turkey, rabbit, raccoon, and various waterfowl. The four forests are home to a number of threatened, endangered and sensitive species including the gopher tortoise, flattened musk turtle and the red-cockaded woodpecker.

This forest is headquartered in Montgomery, as are all four of Alabama's National Forests. The other National Forests in the state are Conecuh, Tuskegee, and William B. Bankhead. The Talladega National Forest is physically separated into two areas, and divided into three Ranger Districts:

Alabama Gentians in Talladega National Forest

The forest covers parts of eleven counties in Alabama. In descending order of forest land area they are Cleburne, Clay, Bibb, Talladega, Perry, Hale, Calhoun, Chilton, Tuscaloosa, Cherokee, and Dallas counties. [1]


  1. ^ Proclamation 2190: Talladega National Forest, Alabama, lands set apart. 1936-07-17 – via Wikisource.
  2. ^ "National Forests in Alabama". USDA Forest Service. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  3. ^ a b Olson, D. M, E. Dinerstein; et al. (2001). "Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World: A New Map of Life on Earth". BioScience. 51 (11): 933–938. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2001)051[0933:TEOTWA]2.0.CO;2. Archived from the original on 2011-10-14.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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