Plan Your Visit

Plan your visit Moorman Overlook 512W

Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge is rich in wildlife and recreation opportunities. Many people come to the refuge each year to enjoy solitude, to commune with nature, and to share the joys of wildlife with family and friends. Regulation of recreation activities, such as use hours, hiking in designated areas, and hunting, allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.


Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge Brochure


Station address:

407 Baby Bains Gap Road

Anniston AL 36205

Phone: 256-848-6833

Email: mountainlongleaf@fws.gov  

Directions:
From I-20 Westbound, Take Heflin, AL exit 199. Turn North onto State highway 9N. Follow State Highway 9N to Joseph Springs Road. Turn left onto Joseph Springs Road. Turn right onto Choccolocco Road and then take an immediate left onto Bains Gap Road. After 3.9 miles, turn left onto Baby Bains Gap Road. The refuge office will be on your left.

From I-20 Eastbound, take exit 188. Turn North onto Golden Springs Road for 1.3 miles then continue onto Anniston Eastern Bypass for 2.3 miles. Turn right onto Iron Mountain Road for 2.7 miles. Turn right onto Bains Gap Road for .5 miles and take first right onto Baby Bain Gap Road. The refuge office will be on your left.

From Highway 21 turn onto the Baltzell Gate Road, go through traffic circle and take third exit onto Berman Road for 1.5 miles then take a right onto Lennox Ave for 443 feet. Turn right onto Bains Gap Road at the stop sign and continue on Bain Gap road for 1 mile and take first right onto Baby Bains Gap Road. The refuge office will be on your left.

The Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge office also oversees Cahaba River and Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuges. The refuge office hours are typically 7:30AM to 4:30PM Monday through Thursday, but may be closed when employees are in the field or working at another refuge. Unexploded ordinance cleanup also affects when the refuge office is open to the public. Feel free to call ahead to be sure to catch us in the office.

No visitor center available.

Points of Interest
Moorman Overlook: Moorman Mountain Rock Ledges extend from Moorman Mountain peak southwest along the mountain crest at an elevation above 1800 feet. A rare plant is found on the ridge called common juniper. This occurrence represents the only known record in Alabama and the southern range extension for this northern plant. Common juniper is normally encountered on open rock faces or exposed rock ledges extending along the mountain crest. While on Moorman Mountain look at the significant views of the Choccolocco Valley.

Know Before You Go
Before coming to the refuge, please remember that the only restrooms are located at the office on Baby Bains Gap Road. Be sure to bring maps, sunscreen, insect repellent, and plenty of water.

Currently about two-thirds of the refuge is closed to the public because of ongoing remediation from the former Fort McClellan. As part of the base closure process, the Army is surveying and characterizing all training lands for potential presence of unexploded ordinance (UXO) and other environmental concerns. Within the legislative transfer of land to the Service, stipulations were made that the Army remains responsible for the remediation of all UXO within the refuge. The removal of the UXO is still ongoing, so you will likely see many contractors out while driving on the refuge. The area to the west of Ridge Road is closed to the public, which is about two-thirds of the refuge. Area closed signs are clearly posted and easy to find along the boundary of the closed areas. When UXO cleanup is completed in the years to come, the remainder of the refuge will be opened up to the public as well.