Talladega National Forest 600-1

4.8/5 (36 reviews)
Sylacauga, Alabama (Talladega County)
Last Updated: 10/18/2020
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

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.
The road is open year-round but may be closed during wildfires or prescribed burns.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (36 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Intermediate big bike off-road rider here. This trails is everything you want in an ADV ride. Running from south to north the first 5 miles are more technical than I was expecting, but nothing crazy. Engaging and flowing with lots of line options to choose your own difficulty. After some great overlooks the last few miles are mostly flowing gravel that’s a great cool down before hopping back on the road. For Adventure bikes I would call this Beginner+ or low level intermediate depending on your line.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

With all the rocks and washout ruts, I think the rating is closer to a minimum of 2. Took two 4Runners up the trail from the south. One was stock TRD OR with all terrains. Puddles were not very deep, though one was a little deeper than expected. The first couple of miles is really slow going. Great fun trail, though.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 12/31/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Visited this trail on the last day of 2021 but didn’t go very far because it had rained hard and I was concerned I would get stuck. We’re on vacation and I don’t carry any recovery gear in our stock Subaru Outback and, since it was New Year’s Eve, there was almost no one around so getting help would have been tricky. The directions to the trail were spot on and maybe we’ll hit on our way back home next week to see the views.
Trail Review: Talladega National Forest 600-1 - Rui Forcada
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/26/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is our 2nd trip to this trail, and we loved it. We will be back!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/13/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Completed this trail today with a group. Amazing views and fun terrain. No issues completing the trail in a JKU with no lift. Was about an hour and a half from where we are in metro Atlanta but worth the drive.
Trail Review: Talladega National Forest 600-1 - Eric Criswell
Trail Review: Talladega National Forest 600-1 - Eric Criswell
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