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Talladega National Forest

The Talladega National Forest

The Talladega National Forest offers a peaceful atmosphere that is filled in wild game, camping, and hiking utopias. The forest also features picturesque scenic waterfalls throughout its striking setting. The total Forest covers 392,567 acres (613.39 sq mi, or 1,588.66 km2) at the southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains. Before it was bought by the federal […]

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Southern Union Community College

The campus is relatively compact and all areas are easily accessed. The entrance to the college is dominated by massive mature pine trees and tall hardwoods. There is no significant understory and little midstory here, so the birds found here spend the majority of their time at significant heights. Expect numerous Red-headed woodpeckers, Brown-headed nuthatches, […]

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Fox Creek at Lake Wedowee

Considerable shoreline access and a boat launch afford a good view of Lake Wedowee. Expect swallows and Purple Martins in spring and summer, Belted Kingfishers, wading birds and Wood Ducks all year. During winter months, additional waterfowl, gulls and terns appear. Keep your eyes peeled for Osprey and Bald Eagles, as well.

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Chief Ladiga Trail

The Chief Ladiga Trail is Alabama’s premiere rails-to-trails project. It wanders 33 miles through the countryside of Calhoun and Cleburne counties and it connects the municipalities of Piedmont, Jacksonville, Weaver and Anniston. Seen along the way are beautiful wetlands, streams, forests, farmlands, and a horizon filled with mountains. The Chief Ladiga Trail is a family […]

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Coleman Lake Recreational Area

(in the Talladega National Forest) 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, a […]

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Turnipseed Camp

An excellent addition to birding in Cheaha State Park, this site is easily reached via the Talladega Scenic Byway. Mature, mixed pine-oak forest provides a good stop for woodland songbirds. Good location for breeding Scarlet Tanagers, Black-throated Green Warblers, Ovenbirds. Watch for Blue-headed Vireo.

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Ashland City Park

A small city park with opportunities for songbirds and woodpeckers year round. Pay particular attention to the small copse of mature woods. Combine this site with a visit to nearby Clay County Public Lake.

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Kiwanis Park

Kiwanis Park is heavily wooded, predominately in hardwoods, and has three significant sections. After passing along the entrance road (lined in mid-sized hardwoods – may produce a few songbirds, particularly in migration), continuing straight will lead to parking lots and a ball field. The most productive birding here would likely be the woods beyond the […]

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Kymulga Grist Mill & Covered Bridge

The building is three stories high on the front and four on the back. One beam runs the full length of the mill and is 10″ x 10″ and is hewn of one solid log. It was hand planed. One beam on the second story is not quite as big, but also runs the length […]

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Cheaha State Park

Mt Cheaha is Alabama’s highest point, and it is one of the southernmost locations to find a number of the state’s more interesting breeding birds, such as Blue-headed vireo, Cedar waxwing, and Sharp-shinned hawk. Additionally, as the park is located in the middle of the Talladega National Forest, the area consists of vast tracts of […]

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Talladega Mountains Natural Resource Center

The Talladega Mountains Natural Resource Center (a partnership between Jacksonville State University, the Cleburne County Commission and the Talladega National Forest) opened in November, 2012. The Mountain Center houses the JSU Field Schools and will act as a visitor center to “the highest concentration of nationally protected natural areas” in the country. The JSU Field […]

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D.A.R.E Power Park

D.A.R.E Power Park is a 30-acre, day-use facility developed in 1997 by Alabama Power with cooperation from the local community. The name of the facility came from the winning entry in a contest to name the park. The competition was open to student members of the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) organizations at four Tallapoosa […]

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