The McClellan Bike Trail features the first National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) specific built trail in the State of Alabama. The inaugural Melee at McClellan race took place in March of 2020 with 2000 attendees and 600 of those racers. Phase I of the trails are ideal for those new to mountain bike riding, with smooth climbs and fast smooth descents, while Phase II provides the next level full of fast descents, rugged terrain and climbs to beautiful views. The McClellan Mountain Bike Trails provide great options to meet the experience each rider seeks. Click here to learn more.
The Camp McClellan Horse Trails are comprised of 900+ acres transferred by the MDA to the Calhoun County Commission with the building and maintaining of the trails being conducted by the McClellan Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of America, Alabama. The trails are open for horseback riders and primitive camping for horse riders. The trails are open Monday – Sunday with $5.00 per trailer day ride fee. No fee for BCHA McClellan Chapter Members. Click here to learn more
Expect the Unexpected! Take a journey through one of the Southeast’s most outstanding collections of natural history specimens. Dare to take an African Safari through the LaGarde African Hall. Soar beyond imagination in a bird-watchers paradise. Discover Egyptian mummies over 2,000 years old. Explore “Dynamic Earth” and “Underground Worlds” Open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m., and Sunday 1:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. We are closed on Mondays Sept.-May. We also have nature trails and picnic area available. For more information call 256-237-6766
Chief Ladiga Trail
The Chief Ladiga Trail is Alabama’s first extended rails-to-trails project. It wanders some 33 miles through the countryside of Calhoun and Cleburne counties and connects the municipalities of Piedmont, Jacksonville, Weaver, and Anniston. Seen along the way are beautiful wetlands, streams, forests, farmland, and a horizon filled with mountains. The Trail is a family oriented pathway that provides a safe, non-motorized way to travel, exercise and relax while enjoying the outdoors. For trail maps or information call 256-447-3363.
Retrace Hernado’s DeSoto’s expedition over 450 years ago through the South. Explore DeSoto Caverns, the Lost Maze and pan for real gold and gemstones that DeSoto never found. The park also features a picnic area, camping, hiking, and playground facilities. For information call 256-378-7252.
From Alabama’s deepest canyon to its highest mountain, JSU Field School is your source for learning about the unique culture and natural history of Northeast Alabama. JSU Field School programs and events cultivate a comprehension of Alabama’s natural and cultural significance, celebrate diversity, and foster stewardship of the natural world. Our instructors apply immersion-based learning, Natural History interpretation and outdoor adventure to create unique programs that are not only educational but extremely FUN! So whether you join us for a hike, a paddling trip, a nature camp, a campfire talk, an astronomy safari, or an environmental arts workshop, you will be enchanted by our style of teaching.
A great place for friends and family, Oxford Lake has several activities to offer. A .67 mile walking track that encompasses Oxford Lake. Children’s playground, 3 tennis courts, 7 covered picnic pavilions, horseshoe pits and volleyball area, swimming pool, a par 3 golf course with driving range, and 2 separate ball complexes consisting of 4 softball fields and 5 baseball fields along with batting and pitching cages all make up the area around Oxford Lake. Plenty of parking for everyone and everything is within walking distance.