Riverside here, 35 miles east of Birmingham, just off I-20. I rode Manooka last saturday. Near here we have Coosa River Annex (Brecon) at Talladega. This is an old army base, approx. 2800 acres. A great place to ride, all types of terrain, no rules and it's free. Also a good place is Kentuck at Oxford, just south of I-20. This is a really good place to ride. It's in Talladega National Forest. Trails are approximately 27 miles and made for 4 wheelers. A few rules but a fun and beautiful ride for only $5. They are open April-December the best I remember. You can Google Cheaha Trail Riders for info. on both of these places.
You say you are from Jemison, do you know Jim Ellison? Probably in his mid to late 60's by now.