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Conecuh National Forest - Alabama

Conecuh National Forest is located in the southern part of Alabama along the Alabama/Florida line in Covington and Escambia Counties. Topography of Conecuh National Forest is level to moderately sloping, broad ridges with stream terraces and broad floodplains.

Below is an overview of the activities offered at Conecuh National Forest.

Campgrounds

Visit the Conecuh National Forest and you're sure to find your place at Open Pond Recreation Area. The newly renovated recreation area is especially nice in early spring and during the fall and winter months. The area is open year round since South Alabama has a very mild winter, most times, and is hot during the summer months. It offers camping, picnicking, hiking and fishing.

Open Pond Recreation Area has an area strictly for picnicking. Also, available is a group shelter that was built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It retains its original distinct design and is interesting to those who enjoy CCC history.

Hiking

Conecuh Trail. The name Conecuh is believed to be of Muskogee Indian origin. It means "land of cane," which is appropriate since the trail runs through canebrakes in several sections. The Conecuh Trail winds 20 miles through Alabama's coastal plain. The trail was built by the Youth Conservation Corps. Each year, beginning in 1976, the young people of the Corps extended the trail through park-like longleaf pine stands, hardwood bottomlands, and other plant communities of the Conecuh National Forest.

Experience the refreshing feeling from Blue Springs, a large natural spring of clear, icy blue water. The Conecuh Trail crosses streams at several points. Bridges have been built for the convenience of trail hikers.

The Conecuh Trail is open year round, but winter hiking is most pleasant when the weather is cooler and insects not so bothersome. Summers are hot and humid.

History

The National Reservation Commission established the Conecuh Purchase Unit in Escambia and Covington Counties on January 21, 1935.

On July 17, 1936, the Conecuh National Forest was created by presidential proclamation. The Conecuh National Forest initially contained 54,177 acres of cut-over and burned-over lands.

Information provided by USDA Forest Service



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