Parks & Trails
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The Charles E. Bailey Sportsplex offers five baseball fields, three softball fields, outdoor pool, gymnasium, veterans memorial, amphitheater, football stadium, archery club, horse-riding area, senior citizen center, a 12,000-square-foot playground, track and soccer fields, gazebos, and pond with walking track.
1685 Arena Road
Alexander City, Alabama 35010.
Come see Lake Martin like you’ve never seen it before! Originally built in 1939, the restored Smith Mountain Fire Tower was opened to the public on June 16, 2012. Visitors hike up the half-mile trail from the parking area to the tower where they can climb up to the cab. The view from the cab, which is 80 feet above the top of Smith Mountain, is spectacular and offers panoramic views of Lake Martin. The tower is surrounded by a native longleaf pine forest, large granite deposits and is open to the public sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.
In addition to the Fire Tower, there are 4 uniquely designed trails:
From the Parking Lot it is a steep 0.4 mile climb to the base of the tower. A sign on the West side of the tower points to the return trail to the parking lot. Total length 1.0 mile. (It will seem further due to rugged terrain.)
Total length 2.4 miles. From near the top of the mountain, the Lakeshore Trail then makes a steep descent before winding gently along undeveloped shores of Lake Martin, returning to the parking lot through mixed hardwood/pine forest.
From Parking Lot it is approximately 1.4 mi. to the boat dock. When Lake Martin is lowered to winter pool levels, it is possible to walk another quarter mile crossing a series of islands inaccessible at full pool. The return trail from the boat dock to the parking lot is approximately 1.2 mile.
WARNING: This trail is spectacular for its views and rock formations, but is also the most difficult and potentially dangerous. At times the trail goes along sheer cliffs where a single misstep could have dire consequences. Do not attempt this trail unless you are sure-footed and in better than average physical condition. This is NOT a trail for small or unruly kids.
Rectangular paint blazes on trees at approximate adult eyeball height identify the correct trail paths. A double blaze either indicates a trail intersection or a sharp change in direction. DO NOT remark or change the trails.
In addition to being a good location for hiking, birding the area can prove quite productive. The woods along Smith Mountain Drive are a patchwork of mature pines (notably the stately Longleaf pine) and emergent second-growth pine and mixed pine-hardwood type. This is one of the better locations in the area for Bachman’s Sparrow, best found when singing its plaintive “heeere, kitty, kitty, kitty” song from March-June. The younger, patchy forest here provides excellent habitat for Prairie Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Field Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, and Common Yellowthroat. They are joined by Song, White-throated, and Fox Sparrows in winter, along with Ruby-crowned Kinglets (low) and Golden-crowned Kinglets in the tall pines. Watch for Pileated Woodpecker and Common Flicker; open patches may yield a few Common ground-doves, and Chuck-wills-widows call here at dusk and dawn. The common year-round hawk is Red-tailed. The area offers superb habitat for Great-horned Owls, and Eastern screech Owls hunt here, as well.
Tower Road (coordinates 32.81144, -85.8360086)
Jackson’s Gap, Alabama
The Sportplex is 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 lines into the trees are very good – this should be a highly-productive stop for migrant songbirds in spring and fall migration. There is ample understory and midstory cover toward the back (southwest) portion of the Sportplex. This offers habitat for Indigo Buntings, Yellow-breasted Chats, Field Sparrows, Blue Grosbeaks, and the like in the warmer months, Kinglets, Winter Sparrows, juncos, and Palm and Orange-crowned warblers in the colder months. Multitudes of Brown-headed Nuthatches and Pine Warblers prowl the pines all year. The open athletic fields should produce Killdeer in all seasons, and American Kestrels are most likely from September through March. Look for Eastern Meadowlarks here, too. Watch for Loggerhead Shrikes, particularly near the fencing around the ball fields. It is possible to find almost any raptor here, with Red-tailed Hawks and Barred Owls most likely. Both vultures, Mississippi Kites, Broad-winged (April to September) and Red-shouldered hawks can be found soaring above the Sportplex, as well. Cooper’s Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks (mostly winter) chase songbirds in the more open woodlands, and this is a good site for Great Horned Owls. The hiking trails are populated by the common woodland birds of the region (Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Wrens, Downy Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatches, etc., throughout the year, and are joined by Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Winter and House wrens, Purple Finches, and their ilk from late September through April.
1685 Arena Road
Alexander City, Alabama 35010.
Six miles west of Dadeville, down the wooded, rolling Young’s Ferry Road, hides a sandy beach cove known as D.A.R.E. Power Park that is dotted with shaded pavilions, picnic tables and open charcoal grills. Despite its seclusion, the park is a popular spot for locals and in-the-know passersby – both by vehicle and vessel – to take a break, stretch their legs and enjoy the serene nature that envelops the Lake Martin shoreline.
The 30-acre park is one of the largest managed by Alabama Power and boasts a number of amenities, including a beach, boat launch, public restrooms, an amphitheater, grills, picnic tables, pavilions and docks.
For more information about D.A.R.E. Power Park or to reserve park pavilions, contact the park office at 256-825-8386 or the Lake Martin Shoreline Management Office at 256-825-0053.
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is a U.S. national military park managed by the National Park Service that is the site of the last battle of the Creek War on March 27, 1814.
A museum is on site along with walking trails, picnic areas, and scenic views.
Visit their website to learn more about Horseshoe Bend National Military Park.
11288 Horseshoe Bend Road
Daviston, Alabama 36256
Keebler Park is located in walking distance of downtown Dadeville. This park has a walking trail, park benches, a pavilion, playground, beautiful scenery, and accessible restrooms.
Wind Creek State Park, your public access to Lake Martin! This park spans 1,445 acres along the shores of scenic Lake Martin, which is a 44,000-acre clear water reservoir perfect for fishing, swimming, and boating. Park facilities include over 500 campsites, many of which are waterfront allowing campers to fish, swim and boat right out their back door. Other facilities include a marina/camp store, with boat rentals and wetslips, fishing pier, hiking, biking, and horseback-riding trails, playground and picnic areas with tables, grills, and shelters. Enjoy camping cabins at Wind Creek where all you bring are your cooking utensils and linens. Pet-friendly cabins are available.
4325 Alabama Highway 128
Alexander City, Alabama 35010
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The trails at Wind Creek State Park
This moderate to difficult trail is approximately 3.8 miles in length and traverses both hardwood bottoms and pine forest. Several natural features can be noted, which include an old home site on the northern half, picturesque hardwood bottoms, stands of pine, beds of fern and an abundance of bird and animal life. To learn more about and see a map of this location, visit https://www.alapark.com/parks/wind-creek-state-park/alabama-reunion-trail
This trail begins and ends in the northern section of the Park. Rated primarily moderate with several steep areas, this trail is approximately 1.8 miles in length. During the spring, white dogwood, buckeye and oak leaf-hydrangea paint the hardwood ridges with brilliant color. This trail traverses both mixed hardwood forest and intermittent pine. Midway up the trail, a series of rock outcroppings occurs bordered by an abundance of ferns. Toward the end of the trail, a small stream bisects the path leading south. To learn more about this trail or see a map of the trail, visit https://www.alapark.com/parks/wind-creek-state-park/campfire-trail
Horse Trails is approximately 20 miles long. One of the trails is 5 miles and the another trail is 15 miles. Offering multiple views of wild life, the Jeff Reed Horse Trail takes riders through a vast forest of mixed hard wood, pines, ferns, along a stream and views of Lake Martin. For visitors that are horse camping, an additional 20 camping sites are available in our overflow area. To learn more about these trails and to view a map, visit https://www.alapark.com/parks/wind-creek-state-park/horse-trails