Military Road

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Located only minutes from both Oxford and Anniston, AL, Military Road is a beautiful out-and-back drive in the Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 2003, the wildlife refuge encompasses a portion of the now-closed Fort McClellan Military base. Fort McClellan permanently closed in 1999 and was a training site for American troops in both World Wars. Beyond its military function, Fort McClellan played a pivotal role in the advancement of chemical warfare research and training during the 20th century. However, its legacy is also marked by controversy due to the environmental impact of its operations, particularly concerning hazardous materials and waste disposal.

Today, a sign at the start of the road warns of the high potential for encountering old military ordinances. Due to this danger, most of the property along the west side of the road is off-limits. Signs warning of a blast potential are posted, and camping is prohibited along this road.

Military Road, once known as Campington Road, boasts displays of large, gorgeous, mature, natural Oakleaf Hydrangea plants. The bright white flower blooms offer a stunning contrast to the thick green forest.