With warm weather, down-home hospitality, and the scent of jasmine, dogwood and magnolia in the sweet Southern air, the Heart of Dixie is overflowing with charm and beauty.

9Talladega National Forest


Near Talladega, Alabama
Talladega National Forest is a grand testament to the resilience of nature. When the federal government purchased the land in the 1930s, it had been turned into a wasteland by years of unsustainable logging. Now the national forest hosts nearly 400,000 acres of pine forest that’s been untouched for 80+ years. It has some of the state’s best hiking, and visitors can look for a diverse array of animals, including black bears, deer, coyotes, and foxes.


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