The National Forest commission created the Oakmulgee Purchase Unit, located south of Centreville, January 21, 1935. The area was first settled in the early 1800’s. At that time, stands of timber were cleared for agricultural purposes and to build homes. What is now known as the Oakmulgee Ranger District was about 60 percent cut-over land. Oakmulgee is in the Talladega National Forest.

Located at Oakmulgee is the Payne Lake Recreational Area, camping and hiking. See the “Things To Do” matrix at

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