Tuskegee National Forest Guide

The Tuskegee National Forest is the smallest national forest in the United States—in fact, it's contained entirely within Alabama's Macon County—but it packs a big punch. The forest's 11,000 acres offer opportunities for camping, target shooting, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Hiking is the best way to experience the landscape; in fact, it's home to 8 miles of the famous Bartram National Recreation Trail. The forest is a stone's throw from some of Alabama's top cultural and historical sites, making it a convenient home base or an exciting day trip destination. Whether you're coming from inside Alabama or across state lines, you'll be greeted by hot summers, pleasant winters, and year-round camping opportunities.

Where to Camp

Camping in Tuskegee National Forest

There are just 14 campsites in the Tuskegee National Forest, and each one is primitive. With an RV, you can experience the wilderness and still enjoy the comforts of home. Whether you're staying in the forest or at a developed campground in the surrounding area, it's a delight to return to a sheltered, luxurious place to sleep after a day of adventure. With RVshare, you can rent the rig that suits your group and your vacation preferences.

RV Rentals Near Tuskegee National Forest

Shape Hiking Trails

Tuskegee National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Tuskegee National Forest

Whether you want to relax or get active, there are plenty of ways to experience the Tuskegee National Forest. Bring a horse and head to the 15-mile Bold Destiny/Bedford Cash Memorial Horse Trail. If you love to fish, spend a peaceful day at the pond. Fish from the shore or bring a boat with paddles or an electric motor. For a change of pace, head to the Uchee Shooting Range for target practice.

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How to get to Tuskegee National Forest

Address: 125 National Forest Rd 949, Tuskegee, AL, 36083

Fee: Entry fee (child) $0

The Tuskegee National Forest might be the smallest in the country, but it offers plenty of hiking, biking, and nature-viewing opportunities. Since it's lightly trafficked, you'll often have trails to yourself. Whether you're camping in the rustic national forest sites or at one of the local campgrounds, an RV is a great way to enjoy the wilderness to the fullest.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Tuskegee National Forest

What type of wildlife lives in Tuskegee National Forest?

Wildlife that lives in Tuskegee National Forest includes deer, wild turkey and black bear. Visitors may also spot coyotes, foxes, quail, rabbits, and a variety of birds.

How many hiking trails does Tuskegee National Forest have?

There are three hiking trails in Talladega National Forest, totaling 25 miles of trails. Most trails are at an intermediate level for hikers.

Do you need a permit to fish or hunt in Tuskegee National Forest?

You need a valid state hunting license to hunt in Tuskegee National Forest. Fishing licenses are required for Alabama residents between 16-64 who fish with a rod and reel or artificial bait. You also need a fishing license to fish with hook and line outside your county of legal residence. All non-residents 16 and older must have an Alabama fishing license for any public waters, regardless of the tackle used.

What is the best time to visit Tuskegee National Forest?

Spring and fall are the best times to visit Tuskegee National Forest. In spring, the forest is covered with blooming wildflowers and trees. In fall, the leaves change color for a spectacular show.

Can you kayak, canoe, or raft in Tuskegee National Forest?

There are creeks where you can kayak or canoe in Tuskegee National Forest. Chewacla Creek has a paddle route that is a great trip in a canoe.