Shoal Creek Ranger District
Below is an overview of the activities offered at Shoal Creek Ranger District - Talladega National Forest. You will find additional information in the Recreation Activities section.
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Users have a choice of two developed campgrounds, shelters along the Pinhoti Trail, and several primitive hunter camps. Primitive camping is also allowed throughout the forest except during the gun deer season when it's restricted to the camping areas. Special permission to camp during gun deer season can be obtained from the local district office.
Coleman Lake Recreation Area
The newly renovated Coleman Lake Recreation Area is peacefully nestled into the Talladega mountains. For recreationists who want to get away from the crowds, but want a few modern conveniences, Coleman Lake Recreation Area is your place to be. There are 39 campsites with water and electrical hookups, bathhouses, 29 picnicking units, a 21-acre lake and access to the Pinhoti Trail. Two new comfort stations and seven camping sites are fully accessible for the physically challenged. Most sites will accommodate recreational vehicles up to 35 feet in length. A picnic shelter that seats 40 is available on a first come, first serve basis, or it can be reserved for $15. The lake is closed to fishing until Fall of 2017.
Pine Glen Recreation Area
This popular area is adjacent to a mountain stream and offers 21 campsites, cooking grills, sanitary facilities, picnicking, fishing, hiking, and access to the Pinhoti Trail. Pine Glen Recreation Area is a favorite with hunters because it is centrally located in the Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area.
Warden Station Horse Camp
This camp is convenient for horseback riders and provides an opportunity for hiking and 45 campsites with sanitary facilities and water. Warden Station Horse Camp is open year round.
Enjoy the forest and the wonders of nature in primitive camping surrounding. Pendergrass, Skeeter Branch & East End Hunter Camps are centrally located and open year round. These Hunter Camps have no sanitary facilities.
Big Oak Hunter Camp is our only physically disabled hunting area. This camp is a 1700 acre hunting unit for physically disabled hunters possessing the required State permits in Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area. Big Oak Hunter Camp also has sanitary facilities.
The Pinhoti Trail includes more than 100 miles of hiking trails that runs from Piedmont, its northern terminus, to a point south of Talladega. The trail winds through rugged pine and hardwood forests, runs along ridgetops, passes through shady hollows and along mountain streams. The Pinhoti Trail meanders through mountains and valleys which are rich in history and legend. It's a land where Creek and Cherokee Indians fought over the disputed boundary between their nations and a land visited by De Soto in his exploration of the New World.
Side trails in the Cheaha Wilderness and Cheaha State Park are a part of the Pinhoti Trail System. They include the Nubbin Creek, Odum Scout, Cave Creek, Skyway Loop, and Chinnabee Silent Trails.
The Warden Station Multiple Use Trails (Red, White and Yellow) are now open and the Blue Trail remains closed.
Dugger Mountain Wilderness is a picturesque view of nature and tranquility. Dugger Mountain, the second highest peak in Alabama, has an elevation of 2,140 feet. Located between Piedmont and Anniston, it encompasses some of the most rugged mountainous terrain in Alabama, as well as numerous endangered and threatened plant communities.
On July 17, 1936, President Roosevelt, by proclamation, created the Talladega National Forest out of the Talladega and Oakmulgee Purchase Units. The Talladega National Forest, at one time, consisted of four ranger districts: Oakmulgee or the Cahaba Working Circle, Tuscaloosa or the Pondville Working Circle, Shoal Creek and Talladega. The Talladega Unit was divided into two districts October 1, 1945, with the northern district, Shoal Creek Ranger District, headquartered in Heflin. Thirty percent of the Shoal Creek/Talladega land was cut-over, cultivated and vacated farmland.