Here are a couple of links to recreational opportunities in the Talladega National Forest and The Mt. Cheaha State Park. Managed by the US Forest Service, the Talladega District of the Talladega National Forest covers expansive acreage in Clay County, Talladega County, Cleburne County, and Calhoun County. Opportunities for fishing, hiking, hunting, swimming, boating, canoeing, horseback riding, biking, and birdwatching all exist on the land in the Talladega National Forest. The Mt. Cheaha State Park, part of the Alabama State Park System, and the Cheaha Wilderness Area are within the bounds of the Talladega National Forest. The Mt. Cheaha Resort offers a resturant, motel, cabins, chalets, camping, hiking, and swiming. One of the best views in the South can be seen looking out from Bald Rock, a west-facing rock formation near the top of Mt. Cheaha. Bald Rock has a boardwalk to make it handicap accessible as well.
TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST
MT. CHEAHA STATE PARK
There are multiple properties within the boundaries of the National Forest that are privately owned. Most of these properties are timberland, but there are some farms for sale in the Talladega National Forest that even border US Forest Service owned land. I even know of a property that is surrounded on three sides by the US Forest Service and one side borders the Cheaha Wilderness Area. Below is a link to a farm near Mt. Cheaha, I-20, and Oxford, AL that joins the National Forest.