Description - Visitors to the Talladega Scenic Drive can get a bird's-eye view of scenic mountains, rock outcroppings, small rural settlements, and a changing landscape along the way. The 26-mile drive is part of the Talladega National Forest, and it travels the backbone of Horseblock and Cheaha Mountains, the southern most extension of the Appalachian mountain range, to Alabama's highest peak at 2,407 feet elevation. Southern hospitality abounds in the land surrounding the Drive, and many southern natural attractions await your arrival.
The view from the Scenic Drive is a haven for photographers. During the summer months, you'll notice a bluish veil of haze that hangs in the air, standing out against the mountain backdrop. The lush conditions of the trees releasing condensation into the warm air is believed to cause the smoky appearance. Springtime comes first to the valleys, unfolding slowly upward to higher grounds. Majestic pines and the delicate yellow-green of new leaves provide a backdrop for the spring blossoms of fruit trees, dogwoods, redbuds, and flowering shrubs. Spring color is usually at its peak in late April. Come fall, nature has her fling when red, gold, crimson, brown, and yellow blend in a carpet of color as the gums, oaks, maples, sycamore, dogwood, hickories, and persimmon don their fall dress. The fall season varies, but it is usually best from mid-October to November.
- Talladega Scenic Drive is known for its scenic and recreational attractions.
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.
Talladega Scenic Drive is located in the Talladega Mountains of eastern Alabama.
Directions from : The Talladega Scenic Drive is about 90 miles east of Birmingham and 80 miles west of Atlanta. It can be accessed from two major highways, U.S. 78 near Heflin, and U.S. 431 at Interstate 20, plus County Roads 42, 49, and 24.
From Birmingham, take I-20 east to exit No. 191 and turn right (south) onto U.S. Highway 431. Travel south for about two miles and turn right (east) onto Highway 281 (Talladega Scenic Drive).