McClellan Area Information

McClellan is a unique place to live and work. Rich in history and abundant with natural beauty, it is a peaceful escape within easy reach of a wide variety of things to do and experience. Modern history of Fort McClellan dates back to 1917 as a divisional camp. Many of the Spanish Mission style buildings around Buckner Circle were constructed during the mid-1930s as part of a base improvement program. McClellan went through a building boom in the 1940s and again in 1951 as war loomed on the horizon. The base thrived during the 1970s and 1980s as a major training facility for military and civilians. But by May 20, 1999, the base was officially closed. Today McClellan is experiencing a rebirth with many families and businesses drawn to this stunning setting. Below is just a sampling of the things to do and see around McClellan.

Cane Creek Golf

    McClellan's Cane Creek Golf Course offers visitors an opportunity to experience one of the most challenging rounds of golf in Northeast Alabama. With lengths measuring 7,049 yards from the back tees and 5,186 yards from the forward tees, this championship golf course will delight and challenge golfers of any skill level. The creek that winds through the landscape brings water into play on 12 holes, and 27 bunkers are strategically placed throughout the course. Along with excellent course conditions, patrons will find a fully stocked Golf Shop that meets every golfer’s equipment and apparel needs. You can finish your round at our full service Restaurant and Bar or you can stop by any week day to take advantage of the Daily Lunch Specials.


Anniston Museum of Natural History


Expect the Unexpected! 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 all within minutes of your back door. Open Tuesday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays Sept.- May. Nature trails and picnic area available. For more information call 256-237-6766.

Music at McClellan


Early each summer the grounds of the former Fort McClellan ring with the sounds of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra with a classical and pop repertoire that is sure to please everyone. The concert season typically kicks off around Memorial Day and runs each Saturday evening for four weeks, culminating in the series signature concert ending in the 1812 overture with live cannon fire. Concerts are held in Longleaf Park amid the whispering pines and starlit evenings of summer. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy preconcert entertainment of wandering minstrels, mimes, jugglers and the beauty of this unique setting.


Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge


The Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge protects the last remaining old growth stands and the best remaining mountain longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) forests in the Southeast. The 9,000-acre mountain refuge contains beautiful vistas and a rugged landscape of unfragmented forests and is one of the newest areas to be protected in the refuge system.

JSU Field Schools


From Alabama's deepest canyon to its highest mountain, JSU Field Schools is your source for learning about the unique culture and natural history of Northeast Alabama. Programs throughout the year with offerings as varied as the area's biodiversity. For more information call 256-782-5697

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 just minutes from McClellan. For trail maps or information call 256-447-3363.

Talladega National Forest & the Pinhoti Trail


The Pinhoti Hiking Trail is Alabama's premiere long-distance recreation trail, spanning 110 miles and traversing the ridges and crests of the Talledega Mountains. It starts in the southern end of the Talladega National Forest and extends through Calhoun County to the Georgia line. For more information call Shoal Creek Ranger District at 256-463-2273.

JSU, Gadsden, Auburn University


Opportunities for learning abound at the McClellan campuses of Jacksonville State University, Gadsden State Community College and Auburn University. For more information, visit their websites.
Jacksonville State University
Gadsden State Community College
Auburn University Canine & Detection Research Center

Community theater


McClellan is fast becoming a regional center for the performing arts, including local theater groups such as the Community Actors Studio Theatre (CAST). Productions for the theater season are presented at the JSU McClellan Theater on Game Cock Drive of McClellan. Call (256) 820-2278 for more information or check the JPA calendar of events for show times.

Anniston City Parks and Ball Fields


Whether you are the batter up or the fan cheering from the bleachers, looking for a quiet early morning walk or a place to toss a ball or throw a freesbe, McClellan is dotted with open spaces that are sure to appeal. The ball fields, Miller Gymnasium and McClellan Fitness Center are all owned and operated by the City of Anniston. Visit their website for more information: