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Weogufka State Forest
Weogufka State Forest © Alicia Green
Weogufka State Forest Education and Exploration © Alicia Green
My husband and I and a friend came upon this trail while trying to find the main Flagg Mountain trail. Our friend is very knwoledgable of forest flora and fauna. We learned a lot that day
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Sylacauga, Alabama   35151
(lat:32.9836 lon:-86.3504) map location
The Weogufka State Forest, located in Alabama, is a picturesque natural haven that offers visitors a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Spanning over 11,000 acres, this forest boasts an abundance of diverse flora and fauna, including towering pines, hardwoods, and vibrant wildflowers. With its well-maintained trails, it provides ample opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and wildlife spotting. The tranquil atmosphere and scenic beauty make Weogufka State Forest an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts.
History of the Area
Weogufka State Forest is located in Coosa County, Alabama, and has a rich history tied to the development of the state's forest industry. Here is a brief overview of its history:

- The establishment of Weogufka State Forest dates back to the early 20th century. In 1901, the Alabama State Legislature created the Alabama State Land Act, which allowed the state to acquire lands for future forestry use.

- In 1919, Alabama acquired the original tract of land, which would eventually become Weogufka State Forest. It was initially named the "Coosa State Forest" due to its location in Coosa County.

- Over the years, additional lands were acquired, expanding the size of the forest. In 1927, a significant expansion took place when the Coosa County Court granted additional land to the forest, including the town of Stewartville, which was relocated.

- The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a work relief program during the Great Depression, played a crucial role in the development of Weogufka State Forest. CCC Camp Dix built many facilities in the forest, including roads, fire towers, fire breaks, and recreation sites.

- By the 1940s, Weogufka State Forest had become a thriving hub for forest management research in Alabama. The Alabama Forestry Commission, established in 1924, worked closely with the forest to develop and promote sustainable forestry practices.

- Today, Weogufka State Forest continues to be managed by the Alabama Forestry Commission. It covers an area of approximately 18,500 acres and serves as an important resource for research, education, and outdoor recreational activities.

Weogufka State Forest's history highlights its evolution from a small tract of land to a significant site for forestry management and conservation in Alabama.
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Weogufka State Forest is located near Clanton, Sylacauga

1. Flagg Mountain Trail: This 6-mile trail is a moderate hike that takes you to the top of one of Alabama's highest peaks, offering stunning views.

2. Weogufka Creek Canoe Trail: A unique water-based hiking experience where hikers can walk along or paddle down this scenic creek for approximately 8 miles.

3. Coosa Wildlife Management Area Trails: These trails cover over 9,000 acres and offer various difficulty levels from easy strolls through pine forests to challenging climbs up rocky hillsides.

4. Pinhoti National Recreation Trail Section in Weogufka State Forest: One section of the longest footpath in Alabama runs through here with beautiful forest scenery and wildlife sightings possible on its roughly 10 mile stretch within the state forest boundaries.

5. Skyway Loop Motorway Hiking Path: Although primarily used as an off:road vehicle track, it also serves as a long-distance (approximately around twenty-five miles) hiking path providing panoramic vistas across Talladega National Forest nearby.

6. The Rebecca Mountain Segment: Part of The Great Eastern Trial; It's about fifteen:miles-long trekking route which offers breathtaking landscapes including hardwood ridges & valleys filled with wildflowers during spring season.

7. Skyline Shelter Side:Trail: Short but steep half-a-mile side-trail leading towards rustic shelter atop Flag mountain perfect spot for overnight camping under starry sky.

8. Weogufka Center Connector Route: Approximately two:and-half mile connector pathway linking main town center area directly into heartland wilderness region allowing easier access points onto other major routes like Pinhoti national recreation trial etc.

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1. Start by heading south on I:65 if you are coming from Birmingham or north if you are coming from Montgomery.
2. Take exit 205 for AL:22 toward Clanton/Maplesville and turn east onto AL-22.
3. Continue driving on AL:22 for approximately 15 miles until you reach Maplesville.
4. In Maplesville, take a left onto County Road 59 (also known as Co Rd 59).
5. Drive about six miles on Co Rd 59 until it intersects with US Highway Alt Route AKA U.S.:82 E/U.S.-31 N/Main St S/Montgomery Ave W in Verbena.
6. Turn right at this intersection to stay on Co Rd:39/School Dr./Co.Rd .55.
7. Continue straight through the next two intersections staying of CR:39 /School Dr./CR:.55.
8. After passing Chilton county high school continue down School drive till road ends into forest entrance.

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