Best known as the home of the university that shares its name, this small Alabama city offers some of the best outdoor opportunities in the state. It's home to a state and a federal park, zoological and historic sites and a bevy of top-notch college sports events. Whether you're coming in from Birmingham, Montgomery, or points further away, let a charter bus service take you from hiking to football games to historic points. We'll save you time, handle the driving stress and provide you with luxurious accommodations for travel.
Hiking and Trails
One of the city's most popular spots, Chewacla State Park provides visitors with 696 acres to hike, camp, mountain bike and play. Also home to a 26-acre lake, you can enjoy fishing, swimming and boating. Your fish catch at Lake Chewacla might include bream, bass, crappie or catfish. The park has picnic tables, grills, shelters and showers, plus six cabins for rent if tent camping isn't your thing. You'll find 36 full hookup camping sites for RVs and other travel vehicles and 10 primitive sites. The Tuskegee National Forest sits just north of Tuskegee and west of Auburn. The U.S. government aquired the land during a three-year period from 1935 to 1938 in an effort to reclaim it from abuse and overuse from farming, and erosion. On November 27, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated the area the Tuskegee National Forest. When you view the forest as it stands today, imagine that at its purchase the land was 80 percent cut-over. It's now home to a thriving forest providing hiking, camping, deer hunting in season, horse back riding and the Uchee shooting range. During hunting season, the park limits camping to 14 designated areas. The rest of the year, the park allows primitive camping anywhere within its confines.
Don't miss your chance to see future professional football and basketball players play at the university that carries the town's name. During the fall, catch a Tigers football game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. During late fall to early spring, catch a college basketball game at the university's arena. The list of professional football players from this school begins in the 1950s and reaches the most current rosters, so your chance to say, "I saw so and so play when he was in college" is great.
Visit the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts for its permanent collections, traveling exhibits, live music events, movies and special events. You can tour the galleries alone or with a museum docent as your guide. The museum requests you call ahead to schedule a docent for large groups. Enjoy shopping in the gift shop and lunch in its cafe before continuing your Alabama explorations.
You might make your next stop Pebble Hill, also know as Scott-Yarbough House, an antebellum cottage located on the university campus. It offers educational displays and a look back into a more genteel time.
How about an afternoon at the Southeastern Raptor Center? You'll meet a bevy of birds and their handlers. The center offers a hands on educational experience on eagles, owls and other birds. It's a project of the university's College of Veterinary Medicine. The SRC takes in more than 400 injured, ill or orphaned birds from Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama each year. The goal is to rehabilitate these birds of prey so they can return to the wild.
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