Bartram National Recreational Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Bartram National Recreational Trail in Tuskegee National Forest takes you on an easy jaunt through some nicely varied terrain. You’ll stroll over gentle hills for the first half. Then, after crossing Alabama 186, the route makes its way through a dense magnolia forest over marshes as it travels toward Choctafaula Creek. Trail Surface: Sand path to the west; dirt path and boardwalks to the east through the marshes.The Bartram National Recreational Trail was named for William Bartram, son of famed naturalist John Bartram. Born in Philadelphia in 1739,William spent a great deal of his life under the wing of his famous father. Dubbed Botanist Royal byGeorge III, William’s father was far and away the most respected botanist in the colonies."
--Joe Cuhaj, Hiking Alabama (Falcon Guides).
"Follow in the footsteps of famed botanist to King George III, William Bartram, along the Bartram Trail at the Tuskegee National Forest. Bartram walked this region in the mid-1700s and documented the plants, wildlife, landscapes, inhabitants, and his many adventures in his popular book Travels with William Bartram."
--Joe Cuhaj, Hiking Through History Alabama (Falcon Guides).
Excellent trail. Easy walking and well maintained. Trail east of the Ranger Station alternatingly passes through hardwood full canopy bottoms and pine uplands. The last two miles before the eastern end of the trail at Highway 29 pass through some native and planted longleaf pine in the pine uplands - one of the few places in central Alabama where you can see a section of 30-40 year old longleaf pine - for longleaf devotees, that two mile section is worth the trip. It appears that the Forest Service started planting longleaf exclusively here in place of loblolly at least 20+ years ago. Parking area is close to the Ranger Station and appears to be safe place to leave a vehicle. We parked at the ranger station and walked out and back both ways on the Bartram trail. Friendly forest ranger willing to give us a good description of forestry practices on the site. Forest Service Roads crisscross everywhere on this site.
Nice trails for hiking and biking. Trails are marked very well. Plenty of streams for water if needed. Good trails for kids too.
Very nice and accessible trail. A bit overgrown in spots and tending to sandiness. Overall a good experience.
This is a very pleasant easy walk. The trail is easy at first but soon became overgrown obscuring the trail. After passing the highway it went into a marchy area were boardwalks did not provide dry access in the beginning. Later the trees became more sparce and in one such area I lost the trail. Mostly the trail is well marked but it is in need of some upkeep in the marchy section. The river beach at the end of the 7 miles was very pleasant for a mid afternoon meditation and nap.
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