U.S. National Forest Campground Guide

Tuskegee National Forest


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Forest Information

Visit Date: 9/24/2009

The Tuskegee National Forest is in southeast Alabama and consists of 11,000 acres. There are no developed campgrounds, but there are 14 designated dispersed (primitive) campsites described below.

About midway between Auburn University and Tuskegee University, just off Interstate 85, is the little known and seldom visited Tuskegee National Forest. Offering visitors with a variety of recreational opportunities, such as hiking, fishing, picnicking, and wildlife viewing, visitors to Tuskegee NF will find no developed campgrounds like those found on other national forests. Rather, the Tuskegee NF has taken advantage of its topography and limited visitation to provide 14 designated, dispersed campsites scattered throughout the forest.

At one time, the area now known as Tuskegee National Forest (NF), was overworked and tired. The area was considered "the most abused land in the state of Alabama." Today, the land is managed by the Forest Service to improve the recreation, wildlife, water quality and timber resources of east-central Alabama. Many restoration projects and changes have occurred since the federal government purchase the land in the mid-1930s. Today's visitors to Tuskegee NF see a landscape reborn and healing.

One good way to observe the healing is via one of Tuskegee's trails. Most popular are the Bartram and Bold Destiny/Bedford V Cash Memorial Trails.

The Bartram trail, named for the American-born naturalist, William Bartram, who traveled through the south in the 1770s, observing and recording what he saw, is a designated National Recreation Trail. It is open to hikers and mountain bike enthusiasts and is considered the best single track trail in central Alabama. The Bold Destiny trail, the newest trail in the Tuskegee NF, was designed for equestrian use but foot hikers are welcome. This trail winds through the northern portions of the forest and, at 14 miles in length, can be completed in one day.

The unusual variety of plant species that grow in this second growth forest coexists with an abundance of mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects. This diversity of flora and fauna reflect the ecological uniqueness of the Tuskegee NF. One location where this uniqueness can be observed is at the Tsinia Wildlife Viewing Area. The Forest Service maintains the area by planting crops and shrubs to attract and sustain a population of wildlife species for visitors to observe.

To the delight of anglers, the Tuskegee NF has two small ponds managed for fishing. Okhussee Chutkee (small pond) and Okhussee Thloko (big pond) give anglers an opportunity to catch Largemouth bass, catfish, and bream. Other areas offering fishing are Uphapee and Choctafaula creeks. These creeks have not only Largemouth bass, catfish and bream but some Spotted bass too.

Day trips from the Tuskegee NF are numerous and varied. In Tuskegee, AL there is the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (afterwhich, the movie, "Red Tails" is dedicated), and George Washington Carver Museum, among other attractions. Chewacia State Park, Auburn University, George Washington Carver Museum, Donald E. Davis Arboretum and more are found in Auburn, AL. Since the Tuskegee NF is halfway between Tuskegee and Auburn, one of its designated dispersed campsites is a good home base for exploring not only the attractions found in town, but also to enjoy the wonders of nature in the Tuskegee National Forest.

The designated dispersed campsites offer visitors a dispersed camping experience with a cleared area but no other amenities. There are no tables, grilles, vault toilets, drinking water or trash pickups. Although most sites do have large level areas, high clearance vehicles are recommended for a few. Use of the campsites requires a permit (no charge) which can be obtained at the Tuskegee Ranger District office in Tuskegee, AL, below.

The following table will help the camper locate Tuskegee's 14 designated dispersed campsites.


Site # GPS Coordinates Elev. Camping Mode
1 N32 26.126,W85 38.825 300 ft. Tent/Slide-In
2 N32 26.593,W85 38.335 300 ft. Tent/Slide-In
3 N32 27.305,W85 38.613 400 ft. Tent/Slide-In
4 N32 27.435,W85 38.259 400 ft. Tent/Slide-In
5 N32 27.455,W85 37.744 500 ft. Tent/Slide-In
6 N32 28.998,W85 35.863 400 ft. Combined 1/
7 N32 29.789,W85 36.769 400 ft. Tent 2/
8 N32 29.961,W85 33.550 500 ft. Tent/Slide-In
9 N32 30.562,W85 34.177 500 ft. Tent 2/
10 N32 29.179,W85 35.293 400 ft. Combined 1/
11 N32 27.455,W85 37.744 500 ft. Tent/Slide-In
12 N32 27.844,W85 38.270 300 ft. Tent 2/
13 N32 26.508,W85 37.988 300 ft. Tent/Slide-In
14 N32 26.499,W85 38.012 300 ft. Tent/Slide-In
1/ Tent or RV
2/ High clearance vehicle recommended

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SUPERVISOR ADDRESS 2946 Highland Ave Montgomery, Alabama 36107-3010 334-832-4470 RANGER DISTRICT ADDRESSES Tuskegee 125 Nat. Forest Rd. 949 Tuskegee, Alabama 36083 334-727-2652

Fred and Suzi Dow