Local Resources

Students riding Chief Ladiga Trail

Chief Ladiga Trail

Go on a walk, run, or bike down the Chief Ladiga Trail. The trail extends 32.5 miles from the Georgia state line to Weaver, Alabama. It is a paved recreational trail on the bed of the former Seaboard/CSX Railroad and extends into Georgia an additional 63 miles, making it the longest continuous paved rail trail in the United States. Several access points are located near campus. The safest access point is located in Paul Carpenter Village. Students can park in the village and safely enter the trail.

Ladiga Trail Info

Coldwater  Mountain

Coldwater Mountain is a series of flow trails designed and built by the International Mountain Biking Association. The trails are user-friendly single track that offer differing degrees of difficulty for riders of all levels. Trailheads are located on Coldwater Road and on Monsanto Road. Additional trail heads are planned, including a welcome center on Hwy 202. There are currently around 35 miles of trails.

Coldwater Mtn Info


Henry Farm Park

Henry Farm Park in Jacksonville provides walking, running, and mountain bike trails for beginners and intermediate levels.

Henry Farm Park Info

Noccalula Falls in Gadsden

Noccalula Falls

In nearby Gadsden, this unique attraction offers adventure for campers and day visitors alike. The campground has 120 sites from primitive tent camping to pull-through with complete hook-ups. A swimming pool, laundry facility, picnic pavilions, rec room, playground, and rental cabins are available. Take in stunning views of the falls and Black Creek Gorge. The park features a trail, a petting zoo, botanical gardens, a train, a wedding chapel, and mini golf. (Noccalula Falls photo courtesy of Danny Vaughn)

Noccalula Falls Info

Cheaha Mountain at sunset

Cheaha State Park

Take a trip to the highest point in Alabama! At 2,407 feet above sea level, Cheaha State Park, located on top of Cheaha Mountain, has breathtaking views and adventurous recreational activities. This 2,799-acre mountaintop retreat offers everything from quiet surroundings and accommodations to a magnificent lodge that can be used for family and group functions. Cheaha State Park is truly a magnificent Alabama destination with Vista Cliffside Restaurant, a cliffside pool, a lake, accessible and extreme trails, cultural heritage, and more! 

Address: 19644 Alabama 281 Delta, AL 36258

Cheaha Info

Kayaker on Terrapin Creek

Terrapin Creek

Family owned & operated with over 45 years of experience in outdoor retail sales. Their showroom is filled with new canoes, kayaks, paddles, and accessories for your paddling preference: solo, tandem, whitewater, flatwater, tripping, touring, fishing, recreational, racing, etc. At Terrapin Outdoor Center, you will be able to leave your vehicle and a shuttle will pick you up and return you to your vehicle after your float trip. 

Address: 4114 County Rd. 175 Piedmont, AL 36272

Terrapin Creek Info

Cocky at Silver Lakes

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes

Surrounded by the Appalachian foothills and Lee's Lake is the beauty of Northeast Alabama's stunning landscape with 36 holes of forests, wetlands, grasslands and dramatic elevation changes at Silver Lakes. The Heartbreaker, Backbreaker, Mindbreaker and The Short Course provide challenging and scenic varieties of holes to play. 

Address: 1 SunBelt Parkway Glencoe, Al 35905

Silver Lakes Info