In Jacksonville, Alabama, locals rave and tails wag about the Chief Ladiga Trail. This trail is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Organization, who convert retired railways into beautiful pathways that all can enjoy. The trail is a total of 33 miles, and passes through the counties of Calhoun and Cleburne. Nine miles of this trail pass through the town of Jacksonville. Known for being remarkably flat and smooth, with friendly rest stops along the way, the Chief Ladiga Trail welcomes people and puppers of all fitness levels.
The main attraction along the Jacksonville section of the Chief Ladiga Trail is the Old Historic Train Depot. The depot serves as a resting stop or starting point along the trail, with parking. This pretty 1860s train depot was restored in 2010, and is now even used as a community center for weddings or other events. The train depot can be found on Mountain Street Northwest, on the southern side of Jacksonville. From here, you can continue north until you pass the Jacksonville State University Campus, and the historic downtown square. Here you may notice several civil war monuments. It’s in this area where you can find several restaurants and shops, pawfect for cooling off and fueling up.
Outside of the downtown area, this trail also boasts some natural beauty. The trail winds past the ever-changing Alabama scenery, including enchanting wetlands, rolling farmlands, and cool forests. You’ll also be able to enjoy a view of the Talladega Mountains on the horizon. Your curious pup may be able to smell some fox or deer nearby!
You canine travel companion is welcome to enjoy this pawfect pathway with you as long they stay leashed and on good behavior. Don’t forget the waste bags and treats for your good boy or girl! There are water fountains and washrooms along the way, but be sure to bring a bowl for your parched pupper. The convenient and lovely Chief Ladiga Trail is sure to get your dog’s tail wagging!
This trail is safe and family friendly, but keep in mind that you should never walk alone at night. This is a multi-purpose trail, and although no motorized vehicles are allowed, cyclists may be traveling at high speeds. Always be aware of your surroundings so as to avoid a collision.