In any college town, things that are free and cheap are always at the top of the list of “things-to-do”. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, cyclist or just looking for a place for you (and fido) to stretch your legs, a visit to Alabama’s Chewacla State Park should be top of the list. Nestled right off Interstate 85 at exit 51, and a short drive from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., Chewacla is an outdoor playground with almost 700 acres to enjoy for a mere $2-$4 depending on age. If you’re planning a visit some of the activities you can plan include:
Chewacla offers cabin year-round rentals in six cottages that hold four to six people depending on housing size. It’s a perfect weekend get away or even a place to stay during football weekends! If you’d rather stay in your own RV or tent, the park offers 36 full hookups. Whether you’re passing through or need a place to stay for the weekend, Chewacla has some unique places to stay.
WATERFALL AND LAKE
One of the most iconic spots in the park is the manmade waterfall, created from a 26-acre madmade lake. Wear comfy shoes to climbs the falls or get a boat rental for only $7/hour so you can enjoy a day on the lake.
HIKING AND BIKING TRAILS
Chewacla State Park offers an amazing trail system for mountain biking and is an official IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) destination. The series of trails range from 0.5 miles to 8 miles with varying levels of difficulty. You can check out Auburn Opelika Tourism Blog for the full list of hiking and biking trails:
Need an outdoor place for a birthday party, get together, or family reunion, the Park offers three different Pavilion areas at a cost of $57 + entrance fee. These areas are perfect for grilling out and or even a fun bouncy house.
Chewacla lake is a great location for fishing where you can catch anything from a Largemouth Bass to multiple species of Catfish.
Just like The Collegiate Hotel at Auburn, Chewacla State Park welcomes you and your furry friends, so after a fun day on the lake, swimming, or hiking hop in the car for a short drive to The Collegiate Hotel at Auburn. You can end your evening taking in the views of downtown Auburn and Auburn University from the CoHo’s rooftop bar and patio.