The Cleburne County Mountain Center is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm and on the weekends for special events or building rentals. Please view Mountain Center Rental Guide for more information.
The Mountain Center Meadow Trail is a half mile loop trail that begins and ends at the Mountain Center. This trail was constructed in January 2014 through a partnership between JSU, Cheaha State Park, Student Conservation Corps and Cleburne County.
Jacksonville State University Field Schools, a project of JSU Environmental Policy and Information Center, now have three visitor and education centers: Little River Canyon Center near Fort Payne, Alabama, EPIC Center near Anniston, Alabama, and the Mountain Center near Heflin, Alabama. Check the menu at right for a complete list of programs and opportunities associated with JSU Field Schools "from the highest mountain to the deepest canyon in Alabama."
Mountain Center Building Update: The Mountain Center opened to the public in November 2012.
The Cleburne County Mountain Center (a partnership between Jacksonville State University, the Cleburne County Commission and the Talladega National Forest) is located on Forte Drive near Southwire manufacturers just north of Heflin, Alabama.
Alabama Highway 78 east of Heflin to Mile Marker 178; take next left turn onto Forte Drive; travel 1/4 mile to Mountain Center on left.
The Mountain Center is open Monday - Friday from 8am - 4pm and on weekends for special events.
Mountain Center Business Phone: 256-463-3838
Mountain Center Rental Information: 256-845-3548
From its deepest canyon to its highest mountains, Alabama has an abundance of beautiful natural areas. In the center of this educational corridor lies the Talladega National Forest. Encompassing over 200,000 acres, it is one of the largest national forests in the eastern United States and the home of Dugger Mountain Wilderness Area. To the west of the Talladega National Forest is Fort McClellan and the Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge. Both federally protected and managed areas have enormous potential in terms of habitat conservation, eco-tourism and environmental education.
Because of this, JSU's EPIC proposed the establishment of Talladega Mountains Natural Resource Center (aka "Mountain Center") that would benefit both local and regional populations. The Mountain Center houses JSU Field School activities and acts as a visitor center to "the highest concentration of nationally protected natural areas" in the country. Also, a large portion of the center is the "Cleburne County Public Safety & Administration Center." The Cleburne County portion of the building provides services such as finance, human resources, compliance, emergency management, and emergency 911 services.
The Mountain Center is a Jacksonville State University "off campus" site and is therefore available to all official JSU departments for meetings and events at no cost. It is available to the public and for rent for private events such as weddings, meetings and reunions.
Environmental Policy Information Center/JSU Field Schools
Jacksonville State University, JSU McClellan Center
100 Gamecock Dr, Suite 1156
Anniston, AL 36205
Telephone #: (256) 782-8010...Fax #: (256) 782-5817
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