Located on the banks of the Tallapoosa River, this preserve includes the one-mile Overlook Loop trail and the four-mile Wood Duck trail, both good for woodland songbirds. The upland portions harbor Northern Bobwhites, Wild Turkeys, sparrows, towhees, Eastern Bluebirds, and other woodland birds. The areas bordering the water afford opportunities to scan for waterfowl, gulls, […]
Wind Creek State Park spans 1,445 acres along the shores of scenic Lake Martin, a 44,000-acre clear-water reservoir perfect for fishing, swimming and boating. Wind Creek boasts the largest state-operated campground in the United States with 626 sites. One hundred eighty-seven sites are waterfront, allowing for fishing, swimming, and boating. Other facilities include a marina, camp store, fishing […]
This area has 11 miles of hiking trails, with one skirting the shoreline of Lake Martin for approximately 4 miles. Other areas of the trails are high rocky ridges and bluffs, some with vistas of six to eight miles overlooking Kowaliga Bay and Chimney Rock. Bald Eagles are regularly spotted over the lake; Wild Turkeys […]
In March 1814, General Jackson’s army left Fort Williams on the Coosa, cut a 52-mile trail through the forest in three days, and on the 26th made camp six miles north of Horseshoe Bend. The next morning, Jackson sent General John Coffee and 700 mounted infantry and 600 Cherokee and Creek allies three miles down-stream to […]
A part of the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail, the Sportplex is an interesting combination of attractively wooded grounds surrounding athletic fields and open parking areas. There are hiking trails that originate from the rear corner of a large parking lot on Arena Drive. The understory is quite open through much of the property, and sight […]
Considerable shoreline access and a boat launch afford a good view of Lake Wedowee. Expect swallows and Purple Martins in spring and summer, Belted Kingfishers, wading birds and Wood Ducks all year. During winter months, additional waterfowl, gulls and terns appear. Keep your eyes peeled for Osprey and Bald Eagles, as well.
D.A.R.E Power Park is a 30-acre, day-use facility developed in 1997 by Alabama Power with cooperation from the local community. The name of the facility came from the winning entry in a contest to name the park. The competition was open to student members of the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) organizations at four Tallapoosa […]