Anniston Outdoor Association Cheaha State Park Hike on the Pinhoti & Bald Rock Connector Trail

This will be a moderately rated, 4-mile hike in Cheaha State Park beginning at the State Park Tailhead and ending at the Bald Rock Lodge Parking Lot. From the state park trailhead, the hike will begin at the Pinhoti/Hwy 281 crossing and will pass by the headwaters of Hillabee Creek and the Blue Mountain Trail Shelter before reaching the Bald Rock connector trail. Once on the connector trail, there will be a steep ascent to Bald Rock and then a level walk to the lodge using the boardwalk or the adjoining woods trail. Participants should meet by 9:00 am at the State Park trailhead located on Hwy 281 (scenic parkway) just before the park entrance. An adequate number of cars will be placed at the lodge parking lot to shuttle participants back to the trailhead. Please contact Keith Hudson by Thursday, December 14th to register for this hike. Keith may be reached by email at, or by phone/text at 256-453-9527.

Anniston Outdoor Association Loop Hike in the Dugger Mountain Wilderness with Wild Alabama

This will be a 7-mile loop hike in the Dugger Mountain Wilderness Area beginning and ending on FS 500. From the Pinhoti Trail crossing at FS 500, plans are to hike up the trail for about 2.5 miles before traveling a short distance cross country to the old fire tower site. From this point, plans include traveling 3.5 miles down the old fire tower road (FS 539) back to FS 500 and then an additional 1-mile walk back down the road to the trail crossing where our cars will be parked. FS 539 offers splendid views of the countryside surrounding Piedmont. There is an option to shorten this hike by 1-mile by placing cars at both FS 500 and FS 539 (Tower Road). Participants should bring a lunch with something to drink and dress appropriately for the forecasted weather conditions. The departure time and location for this outing is 8:00 am from the Johnson’s Giant Foods parking lot located at 815 Pelham Road South (AL Hwy 21) in Jacksonville. Please register for this hike through Wild Alabama’s website once the event is published. In the meantime, you may contact Jonathan Kelly at for additional details concerning this hike

2023 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!

You’re Invited to The City of Anniston, Alabama and Main Street Anniston’s 2023 Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 1st at 5pm at 12th and Noble Street!

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will conclude with hot cocoa, coffee, and cookies (while supplies last) hosted by Main Street Anniston Board of Directors.

For more information, contact the Main Street office, at: 256-231-7633!

2023 Downtown Christmas Parade! (12/05/23)

Join the City of Anniston and Main Street Anniston on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 6:30 PM CT for the annual Downtown Anniston Christmas Parade!

This year’s theme is Christmas Around the World.

To participate in the parade, please read and complete the application linked here::

For questions or event information, please contact the Main Street Administrative Assistant, Kristin Smith at (256)231-7633.

2023 Free Disposal Day!

2023 Free Day Schedule

In 2023, the City of Anniston will be offering free disposal days 8 months out of the year! During the disposal periods, one roll-off dumpster will be placed in each of Anniston’s four (4) wards, so citizens may dispose of their items free of charge! To see our free disposal day dates, please view the list below: 

Feb.17th & 18th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
March 17th & 18th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
May 19th & 20th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
June 16th & 17th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
Aug. 18th & 19th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
Sept. 15th & 16th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
Nov. 17th & 18th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
Dec. 15th & 16th | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
During each of these disposal periods, we will provide one roll-off dumpster at each of the following locations (4 rolloffs in total during each disposal day): 

WARD 1 – Pelham Park Parking Lot
Address: 349 Cave Road, Anniston, AL 36206
WARD 2 – Carver Community Center Parking Lot
Address: 720 W. 14th St, Anniston, AL 36201
WARD 3 – South Highland Community Center Parking Lot
Address: 229 Allen Ave, Anniston, AL 36207
WARD 4 – Norwood Hodges Community Center Parking Lot
Address: 3125 Spring Valley Rd, Anniston, AL 36207

Please note, the following items will NOT be accepted:

Hazardous Waste of any kind (i.e. batteries, corrosives)
Freon Appliances (i.e. refrigerators, freezers)
For questions and/or more information, on the City of Anniston’s Disposal Days, please contact our Public Works Department at: 256-231-7742, ext. 272. You may also learn more about our debris policies by visiting: