Talladega Scenic Drive
For a Scenic Drive – Try the Talladega
Of the four national byways in Alabama, the Talladega Scenic Drive is the shortest, but arguably the most scenic. Located in the east central part of the state about eighty miles east of Birmingham, the Talladega runs the ridgeline of the Horseblock and Cheaha Mountains through the Talladega National Forest. In its twenty six miles it passes six overlooks, several trailheads, and the Cheaha State Park, but provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation.
The highest point in Alabama is contained within the Cheaha State Park at the mountain of the same name. Its elevation is 2407 feet above sea level. Within the park are several miles of hiking trails, a restaurant, motel, camping facilities, and an observation tower marking the highest point. Observable wildlife is plentiful within the park. Not only is Cheaha State Park the highest point of the Drive, it is also the “high point”.
In these times of economic worries and higher gasoline prices, visiting places close to home makes a lot of sense. And where better to visit than the Talladega National Forest and its Scenic Drive. The outdoor recreational possibilities are varied. The wildlife is abundant. The scenery is great. And it is close to home.
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