The Talladega Mountains Natural Resource Center (a partnership between Jacksonville State University, the Cleburne County Commission and the Talladega National Forest) opened in November, 2012. The Mountain Center houses the JSU Field Schools and will act as a visitor center to “the highest concentration of nationally protected natural areas” in the country. The JSU Field Schools present over 400 environmental education programs annually. This center is a gateway to the Appalachian Highland Birding Trail, the Talladega National Forest, Cheaha State Park, Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge and Dugger Mountain Wilderness. 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.
Gateway to the Appalachian Highland Birding Trail