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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." The JSU Field Schools' Assistant Director, Renee Simmons Morrison, will direct environmental education and arts programs throughout the corridor from these three locations.

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: 256-782-8010



Alabama is blessed to have an abundance of beautiful natural areas. In the center of EPICs educational cooridor 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 our nation's newest National Wildlife Refuge, Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge. Both federally operated 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 will house the JSU Field Schools and will act as a visitor center to "the highest concentration of nationally protected natural areas" in the country. Also, the portion of the center dedicated to county activities is known as the "Cleburne County Public Safety & Administration Center" and includes the functions of finance, human resources, compliance, emergency management, and emergency 911 services. Check back for updates.

Environmental Policy Information Center/JSU Field Schools
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602
Telephone #: (256) 782-5697...Fax #: (256) 782-5817 - Assistant Director

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