Conecuh National Forest

Conecuh National Forest is a national forest that is located in the state of Alabama in the United States. This forest holds 83,000 acres of land that was reforested after most of the original forest was cut down in the 1930’s. This negatively affected the red-cockaded woodpecker, but the forest is currently being reforested with longleaf pines, which are native to the forest. This hilly area also contains dogwood, upland scrub oak, hardwood swamps, pitcher plant bogs, cypress ponds, and creeks.

Conecuh National Forest holds two developed recreational areas, both of which can be accessed by the Alabama State Road 137. One of these areas is Open Pond Recreation Area, which costs five U.S. dollars to enter. This gives visitors access to all recreational activities within the area, including hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking, while camping fees are paid separately, and those entering the forest for camping purposes do not have to pay day-use fees. There are seventy-five campsites available for use within this area, some with electricity. The Blue Lake Recreation Area, which can be accessed by purchasing a day use permit from the Open Pond Recreation Area or from the Blue Lake Recreation Area, provides the only official swimming area in the national forest, as well as picnicking areas, limited boating, and a bathhouse. This national forest is known for the twenty-mile Conecuh Trail, among other features.

Imaeg Caption: Open Pond in Conecuh National Forest, Alabama. Credit: Gladebarrens/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)