Fall Foliage near Lake Martin: See Fall’s BEST Colors
We have many blessings by living in central Alabama, but seeing the leaves change in the fall is among our favorite. The colors are vivid and the scenery is picturesque. Because of its location, Lake Martin makes a great starting point for visiting some of the prettiest scenic views in our state. With just a short drive, you can spend a lovely afternoon with a dramatic fall palette at your fingertips. This fall, explore area parks around the lake to witness fall foliage at its finest. These four spots will have you in the spirit of the fall season.
Cheaha State Park
Despite being our farthest destination in today’s round-up, Cheaha State Park might be the most picturesque. There, you’ll be treated to some of North Alabama’s most beautiful fall foliage. The highest point in Alabama, you’ll find breathtaking views of the land below. Don’t miss several walking trails that feature stunning views and fascinating nature. Take a day trip or spend the weekend at one of Cheaha’s many accommodations ranging from campsites to cabins and chalets. The drive to the park is sure to offer fabulous foliage, too. You will surely enjoy your trip from start to finish.
Chewacla State Park
Located near the loveliest village on the plains, Chewacla State Park offers picnic areas, campsites, mountain bike trails, and hiking. Outdoor enthusiasts might enjoy challenging mountain biking trails built by the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP). Visitors are likely to spot native animals and critters like red fox, deer, and chipmunks. Guests have even been known to stumble upon wild turkey which is perfect for the impending Thanksgiving season. Of course, you’ll be immersed in the trees and surrounded by changing leaves all around you. Stop in nearby Auburn for lunch at Toomer’s Drugs to complete your visit.
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
History buffs will enjoy a quick trip to Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. The site of history-making battles, the park has a 3-mile tour road that skirts the edges of the Civil War era battlefield and meanders along the Tallapoosa River. Recreational activities in this part of the park are prohibited to honor the solemnity of the grounds where 557 Creek warriors and 49 Confederate soldiers were killed. Other areas of the park, however, offer a moderate 2.8 mile nature trail, horseback riding, and nature studies. Bicycles are also allowed on the tour road for those looking for extra exercise and adventure.
Wind Creek State Park
One of our own local outdoor treasures, Wind Creek State Park is a must-visit this fall. With 1,445 acres of sweeping land that skirts Lake Martin’s shoreline, Wind Creek gives visitors a glimpse at fall foliage at its finest. Wind Creek is one of the largest camp grounds in the state and boasts 586 campsites for adventure-seekers. As a stop on Alabama’s Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail, you’re likely to see a variety of waterfowl, songbirds, osprey, and even Bald eagle. Don’t miss area attractions like various hiking trails for gorgeous leaf-viewing and downtown Alexander City. Create your own Lake Martin staycation by visiting Wind Creek State Park.
Lake Martin and its surrounding areas give us ample opportunity to see fall foliage from the beginning of the changes until there are barely any leaves left on the trees. Load up the family after your Thanksgiving feast and drive to one of these destinations for the afternoon. We cannot imagine a better way to celebrate being thankful. Let us know if you visit any of these parks by posting a picture of the fall foliage you see and tagging us on Facebook!