Choccolocco Mountain Off Road Park is located in Jacksonville, Alabama just minutes from Jacksonville State University. Choccolocco Mountain is a differnt kind of destination. It's dirty, dusty, and muddy (all at once). The campground isn't much to admire, but it gets the job done. The playground is just so-so but features a kiddy size zip-line. The facilities are minimal. But hey, it's AWESOME!!!

People that come here don't come for the luxury of an RV resort. People come here to play in the dirt. Choccolocco Mountain is covered with off road vehicle (ORV) trails, some easy, some treacherous. It's not a place to take your family sedan, that's for sure. Many of the trails require full roll cages and recovery gear. They all require a signature from each participant, driver and rider alike, releasing the owner of all liability. If you go to the park, make sure to pay close attention to the maps. If possible, get in with a group of other off roaders that are familiar with the trails. It is possible to go somewhere that's hard to get out of.

Now, with that said, we did observe a wide variety of off road vehicles playing there - from hard-core rock crawlers to stock Jeeps. There's a little something for everyone. Be aware that the trails are not one way, so you will meet other rigs. Fortunately, most off roaders here are moving quite slowly.

The campground is basically the perimeter of a large rock parking lot on top of a hill. There are electric and water hookups, fire rings, and the view is beautiful, but don't expect an RV resort. It can be dusty when people are coming and going, but not terribly bad.

Adventure Journal
Entry Date: September 2015
Our oldest son was invited to attend "Band Day" at Jacksonville State University, so I began to look for nearby campgrounds. There didn't appear to be anything in the immediate area, but I stumbled across this place called Choccolocco Mountain. According to their website, they had a campground with water and electric hookups.  I found some videos on YouTube of people driving Jeeps and UTV's at the mountain, and it caught my attention. I grew up off-road, and I want my kids to experience some of the same thrills I did as a child (only a little safer). We own a Jeep, but we recently purchased a Polaris Ranger Crew, a full-sized side-by-side with six seatbelts and awesome off road capabilities. I decided to make a weekend of it!

Rebecca had to chaperone for the band, so she traveled to the university with them. I loaded up the other three kids into HOMER III (the motorhome), put the Ranger (Big Hoss) on a trailer, and headed to Jacksonville later that morning. When we arrived at the park, we stopped at the shed near the entrance. No one works in the shed, but there is a guide that displays fees for camping and riding. You have to calculate the fee, place the money in an envelope, and deposit the envelope in the cash box. We also had to sign waivers of liability for each driver and passenger (including children).

I pulled the motorhome up the rather steep and dusty hill and found an empty RV site. Campers can pull alongside the sites, or back/pull into the sites. I opted to pull straight in because there was a nice view of the out the front windows, and I didn't have to disconnect the trailer. I wasted no time pulling the Ranger off the trailer, grabbing a trail map, and heading out to explore. It was just three of our kids and me on this adventure, at least initially.

It was very dry, and there was some dust, but not so much as to make it uncomfortable. There is more rock than anything. We could see immediately that this was going to be very different from most of our other trail rides. These trails were pretty rough. Not impassible by any means, but rocky and rutted. There's no riding fast out on those trails. Then we started seeing some of the side trails, and WOW!  There was no way I would even start to attempt many of those hill climbs and boulder mine-fields. It was fun watching others though! We spent hours on the mountain covering what we could cover safely. There were a couple of times that our adrenaline was pumping a bit more than normal, but it was all pretty safe.

We met a few folks at Choccolocco that had some very elaborate off roaders People can spend a lot of money building rock crawlers, and this is the perfect playground for them to give their rigs a challenge. We were disappointed when a fairly large group decided to fire up their engines and take a rather noisy and dangerous midnight ride, something that is not allowed. Thankfully, we were sound asleep by the time they returned.

Will we be back? Well duh!
The Richardson Tribe

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Rating (1-10)


Official website


Choccolocco Mountain's website is pretty decent. It tells you what you need to know and includes pictures and videos of the trails. Search for Choccolocco Mountain on YouTube too. Don't let the videos scare you away.



The fact that they have an improved campground at all is worth a bonus point. Water and electricity hookups are great, but lawdy at the dust. There is a bath house. They don't usually take (or require) reservations because they rarely fill up. You might call ahead to make sure there's not a special event -  256-365-0311



The zip-line was a hit with the kids. The massive swings looked like they'd be cool, but the kids couldn't go very high on them because of the arc of the swing. Still cool though. The real playground is the trail.



You are welcome to hike Choccolocco Mountain, and there are certainly some steep challenges. Me? I'll ride.



Lots of rocks! Rocks everywhere! I'm certain there are some fossils and perhaps some semi-precious gemstones up there, but we had little time to look. Besides, most of the rocks are coated with dirt making it hard to see them. Perhaps after a good rain.

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September 2015