Talladega Scenic Drive

It’s the main event on the Talladega Scenic Drive – the scenic landscape perched on the crest of the highest mountain in Alabama. As the song says, “on a clear day you can see forever.” Like so many other Byways, Talladega, named talla meaning town, and tigi meaning border by the Musgogee, the Creek tribe who lived in the area for millennia, does have good heritage. But, sitting at the top savoring lunch, it’s hard to believe this drive stretching across the backbone of the Appalachian Mountains is only 29 miles long. In this case, small is beautiful. In fall, the drive blazes with color as Mother Nature puts on her best suit of clothes. In spring, the dogwoods and redbuds bloom exuberantly, contrasting with the blue mountain haze. The soil is red, thanks to the presence, which once supported the economy. As you travel, expect to see plenty of wildlife, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, rabbits, grouse, and even bobcats. Slow down, appreciate the drive and enjoy the serenity (all motorized vehicles are prohibited in the Cheaha Wilderness). Even though 281 is a highway, the road is a slow one, with a speed limit of 35 mph. Pull off on the scenic overlooks and marvel at the mountain landscape splaying out at your feet. After the beautiful drive, enjoy Talladega, where motorsports reign and DeSoto Caverns which is a stop on the Mound Builders Native American Trail in Alabama.     

Beauty On The Ridge

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