8 Places You Shouldn’t Miss in East Alabama

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1.     West Point Dam and surroundings: Spectacular opportunities to watch Bald Eagles and Osprey. And, of course, access to water.

2.     Cherokee Ridge Hiking Trails. Good hiking with lots of views of Lake Martin. Outstanding opportunities to watch soaring eagles.

3.     Wind Creek State Park. Public lands on Lake Martin, with lots of camping and water activities. An outstanding location to watch birds.

4.     Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. Horseshoe Bend National Military Park commemorates the battle in 1814 between Colonel Andrew Jackson and the Creek Indian nation. The fields, forests, waterways and trails of Horseshoe Bend NMP offer excellent opportunities to observe birds in a variety of habitats.

5.     Fort Toulouse-Jackson Historic Park is situated where the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers meet to form the headwaters of the Alabama River.

6.     Tuskegee National Forest. Tuskegee National Forest is the nation’s smallest in the national forest system. At 11,252 acres, it is small enough to survey in a day, yet large enough to contain a remarkable variety of habitats.

7.     Chewacla State Park’s 696 scenic acres offer a 26-acre lake, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, a modern campground, picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters, and newly renovated cabins.

8.  Gunter Hill Park and Campground lies just 15 minutes and a world away from downtown Montgomery. Paved roads lead through mature woods of pine and moss-draped hardwoods to the banks Catoma Creek, a backwater of the Alabama River.