Going stir-crazy at home? Wanting some time outside? Now is the perfect time to plan a socially-distant hike and enjoy some time outside. Luckily, there is plenty of room in the Conecuh National Forest to spread out and enjoy the great outdoors. From hiking to bird watching to camping, you will find something to do and enjoy some time outside of the home.
Connect To Nature
The southern-most national forest in Alabama, the Conecuh National Forest, is a sprawling 84,000 acres between Andalusia, Alabama, and the Florida state line. Enjoy hiking, bird watching, walking, mountain biking, and so much more. Check out native species and ecosystems only found in the forest. Keep an eye out for Red-Cockaded woodpecker! One of the most popular spots in the forest is Open Pond where you can find relief from the heat of an Alabama summer with a dip in the cool water.
Take A Hike
The Conecuh National Forest is perfect to walk and hike in the woods. The Conecuh trail spans 20 miles through the eastern side of the forest. This trail has a great history, too. Built by the Youth Conservation Corp and started in 1976, it winds around longleaf pines and ponds and across streams and bottomlands. Each year the Corp extends the trail just a little bit further. It’s easy to plan a quick day hike or a longer backpacking trip. Pro Tip: take the south loop of the trail to Blue Springs, a natural spring with icy blue water.
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Enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and get back to nature at the Conecuh National Forest Campground. The campground at Open Pond offers basic sites for more primitive camping as well as sites with water and electric hook-ups for a taste of the “glamping” life. You’ll find easy access to boating, fishing, bike riding, and hiking at the campground.
Whether you are looking for some time alone or planning a day hike with the family, you are sure to enjoy the Conecuh National Forest and all it has to offer.