Camping at Talladega

Camping at Talladega
Located near Eastaboga, Ala., Talladega Superspeedway is a major attraction for fans of NASCAR racing. In addition, the neighboring Talladega National Forest and its many lakes are very popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Whatever one's reasoning for venturing into central Alabama, there are plenty of camping options to choose from.


Difficulty: Easy


Things You’ll Need:
  • Talladega Superspeedway tickets (optional) Camp stove (recommended) Charcoal (optional)
  • Talladega Superspeedway tickets (optional)
  • Camp stove (recommended)
  • Charcoal (optional)
Step 1
Go directly to Talladega Superspeedway if you are there for the races. Ticket holders are entitled to camp on the speedway campgrounds for free. The campground has RV and tent sites and can be obtained on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Step 2
Go to P and J Campground if you want to go to races at the speedway but are interested in a more tent-friendly environment. The campground does not specifically prohibit RVs but offers no hookups for them, making it less attractive to RV owners.
Step 3
Set up camp in Pine Glen, Payne Lake or Coleman Lake Recreation Area if you want running water, toilets or other facilities at the campground and to be inside Talladega National Forest. Coleman Lake Recreation Area also has hookups for RVs, making Pine Glen more tent-friendly.
Step 4
Choose between backcountry camping or pitching your tent at Turnipseed, Warden Station if you want a primitive campsite.


Step 1
Start fires only inside designated fire pits or grills. This is a common rule at all campgrounds, public or private. If there are no designated fire areas (such as at a backcountry site), use a camp stove to cook.
Step 2
Collect only fallen or dead wood for campfires, or bring charcoal. This is also a common rule at public and private Talladega-area campgrounds; campers who cut down their trees for fuel are looked on unfavorably.
Step 3
Follow "leave no trace" policies while camping inside Talladega National Forest. That means do not build windbreaks from area stones, cutting your own switchbacks for off-trail hiking and other practices that alter the landscape. Dispose of all garbage only in designated dump sites.
Step 4
Keep good sanitation habits. Either use designated toilets or dig a latrine if there are none. Site latrines at least 50 feet and downhill from area water sources, and be sure to cover waste with dirt after each use. Re-fill the latrine prior to departing the area.
Step 5
Keep your pets on a leash. This is a common rule for both public and private campgrounds in the Talladega area.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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