- The Talledega and Shoal Creek Ranger Districts cover about 217,000 acres along the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains where they run into northeast Alabama. The districts are located midway between Birmingham and Atlanta, and are easily accessible from Interstate 20.
The largest recreation attractions on the Shoal Creek District are the Coleman Lake and Pine Glen Recreation Areas. Sweetwater, Morgan and Highrock Lakes are also found on this district. The northern end of the Pinhoti Trail and the Talledega Scenic Drive can be found here. The Shoal Creek Horse Trail System is located here and provide three horseback loop trails.
Recreation - The primary recreation activities on the Shoal Creek Ranger District include hiking, camping, fishing, boating, scenic driving, and horseback riding.
Climate - Much of Alabama receives nearly 60 inches of rain each year. The highest amount of rain reaches the region as afternoon thunderstorms in July, August and September. Summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching above 100 degrees F. Summer nights cool slightly and provide a good time to travel through the region.
Winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below 40 degrees with the humidity level at its lowest in November and December. Spring and fall are very pleasant times to visit the region. Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming trees and flowers. During the fall temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees F with low humidity levels. Northern Alabama is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.
The Shoal Creek Ranger District is located in the eastern section of the Talladega National Forest in east-central Alabama. It sits around the city of Heflin, with Interstate 20 leading through the District.