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Situated in the heart of Macon County, Alabama, just to the north of Tuskegee and west of Auburn, the Tuskegee National Forest boasts a diverse landscape. Characterized by its level to moderately sloping topography, the forest features broad ridges, expansive stream terraces, and vast floodplains.


  1. Rich Biodiversity: The forest is a treasure trove of flora and fauna. With a variety of trails, it offers opportunities to spot butterflies, birds, salamanders, lizards, and more. Some visitors have even reported the forest to be an Alabama hidden gem.
  2. Quiet and Calming Atmosphere: The forest provides an excellent escape from the bustling city life. Many visitors have appreciated its peaceful ambiance, often stopping here to unwind and connect with nature.
  3. Clean and Well-Maintained: Numerous reviews praise the forest’s cleanliness and the commendable efforts to keep it trash-free. Even the campsites and primitive areas maintain a high standard of cleanliness.
  4. Fishing & Water Activities: The forest boasts lovely fishing ponds and opportunities for canoeing, adding to its recreational appeal.
  5. Informative Visitors Center: Even when closed, the visitors center provides valuable information to enhance your forest experience.


  1. Road Conditions: Some visitors have expressed dissatisfaction with the forest roads, finding them hard to navigate and in need of maintenance. High clearance vehicles might be preferable.
  2. Limited Amenities: While the forest offers a serene natural habitat, amenities are relatively basic, making it essential for visitors to come prepared.
  3. Logging Activities: Some visitors have noticed increased logging in recent years, which has affected certain trails, especially for horseback riding.
  4. Lack of Signage: First-time visitors might find it challenging to recognize when they are within the forest due to a lack of clear signage.

Unique Features:

  • The forest provides a variety of recreational activities like bicycling on the Bartram National Recreation Trail and the Pleasant Hill Trail.
  • There are 14 designated dispersed hunting camps for enthusiasts.
  • The forest’s history is captivating, with lands once deteriorated by farming now transformed into a rejuvenated forest area.



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