Talladega National Forest-FR500

Heflin, Alabama (Cleburne County)

Last Updated: 01/19/2019
4.3 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 23.67 miles
Highest Elevation: 1330 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Heflin
Nearest Town w/ Services: Heflin
Official Road Name: 500
Management Agency: Talladega National Forest
District: Shoal Creek District


Highlight: Talladega National Forest-FR500
Talladega National Forest Road 500 is a well maintained trail in the northern district of the Talladega National Forest. Beginning near the town of Heflin, FR-500 runs north 24 miles from County Road 281 to Duggar Mountain near the City of Piedmont. The trail passes through Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area, following the ridgelines and foothills of nearby Choccolocco Mountain. Link this trail together with other nearby trails such as 600-1 and 600-2 for a long weekend of overlanding. With great views, several lakes and creeks, lush hardwood forests, and endless connecting trails; NF-500 has something for everyone. So pack a lunch, bring your camera and enjoy the beautiful ride through the Talladega National Forest.


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1. South Trailhead (0 mi)
Once you turn off County Road 281, continue straight onto FR500, cross the railroad tracks and follow the trail up the hill.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Heflin or Piedmont

To South Trailhead: From Heflin: Take Highway 78 West 2.6 miles to County Road 281. Merge onto 281 then take a take a right onto FR500 and the trailhead. From Oxford: Take Highway 78 East 12.1 miles to County Road 281. Turn left onto 281 then take a right onto FR500 to the trailhead. To North Trailhead: From Piedmont: Take Vigo Road 2.3 miles to Hebble Highway. Turn right onto Hebble Highway. Continue 0.4 miles to Duggar Mt. Road. Continue straight onto Duggar Mt. Road to the trailhead.



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Jake Hanner

Mapping Crew - Alabama

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.
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