Talladega National Forest 600-1

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4.8/5 (42 reviews)
Sylacauga, Alabama (Talladega County)
Last Updated: 01/29/2023
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Talladega National Forest 600-1 is a popular destination for enthusiasts across the Southeast. The 14-mile-long road follows the ridgeline of Horns Mountain located in the beautiful Talladega National Forest. When traveling north on the trail, the road climbs up the mountain from the White Gap valley and follows the peak of the ridge north. The road is passable by most vehicles and is only rough in a few short sections. The road winds through old-growth hardwood and pine forests with several excellent camping spots along the way. There are several overlooks along the trail offering stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The road was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and passes by the original fire lookout tower constructed on the peak of the mountain. 600-1 has a lot to offer and there is something for every outdoor enthusiast to enjoy. From camping, hiking, overlanding, and exploring, this trail must be on everyone’s to do list.

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Talladega National Forest 600-1 is a 14.0-mile-long gravel road. The road is partially maintained and is at least one lane wide throughout with adequate areas to pass. The first 4-5 miles (traveling north) have a few large ruts and rocks but nothing severe. The last 8-9 miles are gravel with a few shallow mud holes and washouts.

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4.8/5 (42)
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Visited: 11/18/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Easy trail any stock 4wd can make. Ran across a Cadillac Escalade around mile 2 and he made it with no problems. Expect pin stripes.
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Visited: 08/19/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Great trail, but substantially more difficult than it is rated. Last week it rained a lot and there are multiple places where there are mandatory 6"-12" drops. Large, deep washouts. 4WD required is many spots, high clearance mandatory.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/21/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

My favorite place in Alabama
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/07/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Would recommend you go in a group.I brought my 08 2wd tundra and it wasn’t that bad. We had a few rough spots here and there, but other than that, it was good.
Trail Review: Talladega National Forest 600-1 - Britton
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 03/04/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

North end of the trail is in the same condition it has been for years, basically just a dirt road anything AWD could make up. South end of this trail has gotten a lot more rutted out and very slow going with all the rain and this trail has gotten more popular. Noticeable erosion compared to a few years ago. More exposed sharp rock that you could damage sidewall on. All-terrains are a must I would say. A mildly up-sized 32-inch tire should offer plenty of capability for most 4x4's. South entrance was too muddy, at the time, for anything stock to make it through without some help from traction boards and a winch. See attached photo. I came in from the north end so had to turn around here and go back, wasn't going to try it in my stock 4runner. Now that I have proper tires I would feel safe doing this portion of the trail again. The best part of this trail system is the overlook you have at the top, which is roughly the halfway point that separates the north from southern half of this trail. There are a handful of places to stop and explore on foot, mostly unmarked and some that are off the beaten path so you have to pay attention where you're at. Many people just use the north entrance to reach the overlook, which eliminates the need for 4x4 and lets you skip the slow going bumpy half of this trail.
Trail Review: Talladega National Forest 600-1 - au4x

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