McDonald builds campground for off road vehicles
Trey McDonald has been a resident in Jacksonville all his life. He graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1995 and later attended Ayers State Technical School. At JHS, he was inspired by his teachers Ricky Whaley and Harold Lipscomb in his favorite class, FFA. McDonald started building and selling bird houses when he was about 14. He called it Bird Houses by Trey.

His love of cars began as a child helping his dad work on his classic cars. He began building and painting cars before he entered high school. He has always been an entrepreneur like his dad, Glen McDonald.

In 1999, McDonald started his own collision repair shop, Trey’s Auto Body, located on Highway 21 South where he builds custom hot rods and does all types of collision repair. In 2010, he married Natalie Frost, who is now the office manager. They have a daughter, Riley Kate, born Dec 10. Riley has been at work with her parents since she was a few weeks old.

McDonald has always loved riding and working on 4-wheelers. He started building off road vehicles and traveling all over the Southeast to different off road parks. He soon realized he had one of the most beautiful places to ride right here in his hometown. He wanted to create a family friendly place for people to be able to enjoy the outdoors.

He decided to build a campground and riding park like he and so many others like to visit. After a lot of hard work making camping areas and riding trails he opened Choccolocco Mountain Campground. The campground has bathhouses, 15 RV sites, a children’s playground, primitive camping, and over 100 riding trails. On April 6 over 1,000 people came to Jacksonville from across the country to attend an event organized by Southern Rock Racing Series.

“I couldn’t believe how full all the motels, restaurants, and gas stations were.” McDonald said. “I think this could really benefit our town. There are a lot of people in the area who have started building vehicles and camping more because of this new place. People come from all over the United States to spend their vacation at the campground.”
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