The area that is now Talladega was once home to a large Native American population. The famous explorer, Hernando DeSoto traversed this area during the mid 1500s and interacted with the native people. Andrew Jackson defeated the Creek Indians here in 1813.
Talladega today offers visitors an endless number of recreational opportunities. First and foremost is the Talladega National Forest. This nearly 400,000-acre forest presents a variety of recreation, including swimming, fishing, and the extensive 100-mile Pinhoti National Recreation Trail. Nearby Cheaha State Park (surrounded by the Talladega National Forest) includes Alabama's highest point, Mount Cheaha. Included here are a mountaintop retreat, a sandy beach surrounding Lake Cheaha, and excellent opportunities for photographing wildlife.
The Davey Allison Memorial-Walk of Fame is located right in downtown Talladega. Covering an entire city block, the park offers a lovely opportunity to simply relax and enjoy.
DeSoto Caverns Park, the first officially recorded cave in the US, offers more than the name implies. At the center of the park is, of course, the cavern. Visitors will discover exceptional beauty and learn of the cavern's fascinating history. The park's Native American Dance and Crafts Festival, held in September, honors those native to the area. Also available at the park is wall climbing, a trail maze, and panning for gemstones.
Racing fanatics watch out! The Talladega Superspeedway, said to be one of the world's fastest, is full of excitement. Every visitor will enjoy a stop at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, with features a racecar simulator, a huge vehicle display, and an annual hall of fame introduction ceremony, held in April.
Tree lined streets, antebellum homes, and Talladega Square make up the Silk Stocking District. Visitors should consider a walking or driving tour of this quaint area.
Talladega is located approximately 50 miles east of Birmingham, off Interstate 20, on Route 21.