Talladega National Forest 617 is a short trail located on the northwest border of the National Forest. The trail is partially maintained gravel forest road and partially unimproved single lane dirt. The trail passes through several types of forest including old growth hardwood and pine. It also passes through one of the areas hardest hit by Japanese Pine Beetles. The center section of the trail was recently clear cut due to pine beetle infestation and is a prime example of the tremendous impact they have on forests. The trail condition is very dependent on the recent level of rainfall. When dry, the trail can be passed by most vehicles but when wet, it becomes a muddy, rutted mess that requires 4WD and a fair amount of skill. This is an excellent short trip with diverse terrain and scenery. Combine this trail with nearby NF 616 and NF 600-1 for a full day of wheeling. Check the weather conditions before you go, bring your recovery gear and enjoy this scenic and fun trail through the Talladega National Forest.
This was my first time on 617, also know as " Scott Road " by my gps, The portions of the road through the standing timber was in decent condition despite the rainy weather. However the same can not be said for the portion of the road that passes through the clear cut timber! The road was extremely rutted and muddy requiring 4 wheel drive and quite a bit of skill, some of the off camber areas were treacherous and some of the mud holes were deeper than 30 inches with high centers! Definitely wouldn't recommend this trail without adequate recovery equipment or other vehicles to offer assistance! Probably one of the best roads I have found if you want to test your and your vehicles ability to handle heavy mud and ruts. We had a great ride! Definitely on my favorites list!
Jake is an Alabama native, born and raised in Central Alabama. Jake has spent years exploring the back roads and off road parks around the Southeast. Jake enjoys exploring new areas and incorporating new technology and tools while doing so. As an avid enthusiast he utilizes two different rigs to explore and document new trails, a Toyota 4runner overland style rig, and a Jeep Tj built for the rocks. Jake is a long time Toyota enthusiast, with over one million miles driven between two rigs. When not on the trail you can usually find Jake flying,mountain biking and spending time with his family.