More Chief Ladiga Trail Travel Facts
Things to Do
The Anniston Museum of Natural History displays dinosaurs and fossils, a 400-species bird collection, two Egyptian mummies and more. Visit Wright's Dairy, Alabama's last working dairy, where you can see cows milked and butter made. Scenic Terrapin Creek Recreation Area is worth a visit. The creek crosses the Chief Ladiga trail in Cleburne County. To stay on pavement, exit the Chief and take a left turn onto Vigo Road (County Road 70). Travel about two miles to the picnic area on the creek banks. Wildlife abounds here, but so do ticks and chiggers, so bring insect repellant. On the weekend of May 6-7, 2006, Anniston and Piedmont will host two recreational and competitive cycling events—the Cheaha Challenge and the Sunny King Criterium—as well as a citywide dining event called the "Red Diamond Restaurant Tour".
Where to Stay
Lodging in Anniston includes numerous chain motels and hotels. Two lodgings with extra charm are worth noting. The Tyler Hill Bed & Breakfast at 402 East 6th Street is decorated with southern antiques and offers a sumptuous breakfast. Call (256) 231-0006 or visit www.historictylerhill.com. The Victoria Country Inn and Restaurant at 1604 Quintard Avenue is a splendidly refurbished Victorian-era hotel. Call (800) 260-8781 or visit www.thevictoria.com. In Jacksonville, a good bargain is the University Inn at 1530 Pelham Road, on the edge of the university campus. It offers clean standard rooms for $40 to $45 a night; (256) 435-3300.
Bike rentals along the Chief are available less than one mile from the trail at Scott's Bikes (256-435-2453) in Jacksonville, and just five miles from the trail at Wig's Wheels (256-237-9447) in Anniston.