17 OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO NEAR ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT (ANAD)
By Chris La Porte
IntroductionYour new posting at Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) in northeast Alabama is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. You’ll be between the two major cities of Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama, both a bit of a drive at 90 miles and 60 miles, respectively. But the scenic splendors of the forests of Alabama will give you plenty of things to do, from camping in Anniston to visiting the Talladega SuperSpeedway. Since Anniston Army Depot is a smaller post there are not as many things to do located inside the gates. However, you’ll be sure to find plenty of things to do in the nearby areas of Anniston, AL, Oxford, AL, and Lincoln, AL. We have organized activities into categories below; click any of them to jump to the section if you already know what you want to do around Anniston Army Depot. (1-3) Golfing (4-6) Gyms (7-8) Movie Theaters (9) Bowling Alleys (10) Nearby Attractions (11-15) Camping and Outdoor Recreation (16-17) Museums
Suggested read:Anniston Army Depot (ANAD): In-Depth Welcome Center
ANAD Things To Do
ANAD Golf CourseThere is not a golf course located on Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) but there are several options within a short drive.
1. Pinehill Golf Club175 Pine Hill Dr. Anniston, AL 36207
Phone: 1 (256) 237-2633 Just east of Anniston Army Depot is Pinehill Golf Club. This 18-hole course features 6,191 yards of golfing for a par 72. Pinehill Golf Club opened in 1962 and was designed by Bill Scarborough. It also has a Club House that serves up lunch and dinner from the grill.
2. Cane Creek Golf Course66 Galloway Gate Rd. Anniston, AL 36205
Phone: 1 (808) 449-2304 Cane Creek Golf Course offers up one of the most challenging rounds of golf in Northeast Alabama. This championship golf course winds through landscape and water features with 27 bunkers throughout the course. Not only is the course great, but you’ll also enjoy a fully stocked Golf Shop for whatever you need.
3. Cider Ridge Golf Club200 Apple Blossom Way Oxford, AL 36203
Phone: 1 (256) 831-7222 Bordering the Talladega National Forest, Cider Ridge Golf Club features one of the most impressive 18-hole courses in Alabama. It has won multiple Golfer’s Choice awards on Golf Advisor for the best golf course in Alabama. And with the Cider Ridge Grill on-site, it’s also the perfect place to host a holiday party, wedding reception and ceremony, or business meeting.
ANAD GymThere is not a gym or fitness facility located on Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) but there are several options within a short drive.
4. Club One Fitness828 S Quintard Ave Oxford, AL 36203
Phone: 1 (256) 405-4327 Club One Fitness prides itself as a gym that is far more than just a gym. They serve as your personal trainer, nutritionist, and supplement experts. Club One’s mission is to see you burn fat, build muscle, but, most importantly, be your best self.
5. Planet Fitness140 Spring Branch Rd. Oxford, AL 36203
Phone: 1 (256) 403-6348 Planet Fitness is the major fitness chain that works to create a workout environment where everyone feels accepted and respected. They have all the machines and free weights you might need and offer free fitness training with membership.
6. Total Body Fitness10640 US-78 Riverside, AL 35135
Phone: 1 (205) 338-7400 Total Body Fitness is west of Anniston Army Depot and is open 24 hours. They have a mission to enhance the health and quality of life of every member and offer a wide range of fitness programs, including group fitness classes and personal training.
ANAD Movie TheatersThere is not a theater located on Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) but there are several options within a short drive.
7. AmStar Cinema 12 - Oxford700 S Quintard Ave. Oxford, AL 36203
Phone: 1 (256) 835-8869 The AmStar Cinema offers up showings of major releases in a multi-screen complex. Each theater offers up a big screen, and some have luxury recliner options to watch your movie in ultimate comfort.
8. Oxford Performing Arts Center100 Choccolocco St. Oxford, AL 36203
Phone: 1 (256) 241-3322 The Oxford Performing Arts Center is a theater that offers a wide variety of entertainment. You can catch musicals, dance performances, and musical artists in this theater east of ANAD.
ANAD Bowling AlleyThere is not a bowling alley located on Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) but there are several options within a short drive.
9. Talladega Bowling Center65260 AL-77, Talladega, AL 35160
Phone: 1 (256) 761-0044 After a total refurbishment, Talladega Bowling Center is the ideal place to bowl. You can enjoy a Pro Shop, snack bar, bar, and party room that makes it perfect for any occasion or celebration. And don’t forget to check out Cosmic Bowling on the weekends.
10. Talladega Superspeedway3366 Speedway Blvd. Lincoln, AL 35096
Phone: 1 (877) 462-3342 The Talladega Superspeedway is the landmark track for NASCAR and other motorsports. The track hosts the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. You can have a full day of excitement at NASCAR’s longest oval track.
ANAD Camping and Outdoor Recreation
11. Talladega National Forest9901 AL-5, Brent, AL 35034
Phone: 1 (205) 926-9765 Talladega National Forest camping is the perfect way to get out into nature. The forest offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, including hunting, horseback riding, fishing, camping, bicycling, and hiking.
12. Cheaha FallsLineville, AL 36266 With just over a three-mile round trip hike, Cheaha Falls is a great spot to soak up a little bit of nature. Cheaha Falls is upstream from Devil’s Den Falls on Cheaha Creek and makes for a great place to go hiking with the family, and the dog can even join the adventure.
13. Salt Creek FallsAlabama 36268 For a day swimming around a beautiful cascade falls, look no farther than Salt Creek Falls, Alabama. Salt Creek Falls offers a short hike, under a mile, from the gravel parking lot for a day of swimming in the forest.
14. Combat Park6755 Curry Station Rd. Eastaboga, AL 36260
Phone: 1 (256) 600-6230 Just south of Anniston Army Depot, you’ll find Combat Park, which is a fantastic place to take the whole family. The site is a large outdoor facility that features paintball that’s safe and fun for everyone. Plus, you can ride and even drive real tanks, mud runners, hummers, snowcats, military trucks, and more!
15. CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park4387 Turner Mill Rd. Talladega, AL 35160
Phone: 1 (256) 474-4408 A 500-acre facility that requires no membership, the Talladega Marksmanship Park is a great place to practice your marksmanship. The friendly, accommodating staff will help with whatever you need, and the facility saves you time by using electronic targets.
ANAD MuseumsThere is not a museum located on Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) but there are several options within a short drive.
16. International Motorsports Hall of Fame3198 Speedway Blvd. Lincoln, AL 35096
Phone: 1 (256) 362-5002 The International Motorsports Hall of Fame is a museum with 3 exhibit halls, a pavilion, gift shop, and research library that contains over 14,000 volumes of books, magazines, and other materials. The International Motorsports Hall of Fame prides itself on having some of the most historical artifacts in all of motorsports.
17. Anniston Museum of Natural History800 Museum Dr. Anniston, AL 36206
Phone: 1 (256) 237-6766 Just east of Anniston Army Depot is the Anniston Museum of Natural History with 7 exhibit halls, a conservatory, trails, and gardens. See life-size casts of dinosaurs, get hands-on in the discovery room where children can dig for fossils and peek through microscopes, take a look through artifacts from ancient Egypt. The facility also includes Longleaf Botanical Gardens, which feature beautifully landscaped trails.
ConclusionWhether you like to relax for a lazy afternoon with some floating fun in a swimming hole in the Talladega National Forest, or want to soak in the rich history of the area, we are sure that your posting at Anniston Army Depot will be surrounded by plenty of things to do. You will find your favorite spots, and be sure to talk to the locals for more great things to do in Anniston, AL and the other surrounding areas.
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