Michael Tucker Park and Chief Ladiga TrailAnniston’s Michael Tucker Park currently serves as the southern terminus of the Chief Ladiga Trail. The park was named in memory Dr. Michael Tucker, a noted Anniston physician and long-time bicycle enthusiast. Nestled within a pecan grove, the park offers parking, a gazebo, a drinking fountain, and rest-room facilities.
The Chief Ladiga Trail is Alabama’s first extended rails to trails project. It extends over 33 miles and connects the cities of Anniston, Weaver, Jacksonville, and Piedmont as it travels through Calhoun and Cleburne Counties. The trail provides a safe, non-motorized way to travel, exercise, and relax while enjoying the outdoors. Streams, wetlands, forest, farmlands, and mountains can be seen along this family oriented pathway.
Funding for the Chief Ladiga Trail was made possible by grants administered through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Alabama Department of Transportation, the Alabama Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs, and the National Recreational Trails Fund. Additional funding and assistance was provided by local governments, Jacksonville State University, the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama Environmental Council, and donations by private individuals.
For more information on the Chief Ladiga Trail, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 256-236-8221, or visit http://epic.jsu.edu/clt