Canoe Trips Down the Tallapoosa River
View the Tallapoosa River as the earliest residents, the Creek Indians, saw it. Curving and winding through the green countryside in a canoe is a romantic outing or family fun.
Put In At: Tallapoosa River Bridge on Highway 22 at Wadley. Take out 19.5 miles downstream at the bridge on Germany Ferry Road (takes about five hours).
Put In At: Germany Ferry Road (off of Highway 79) on right side of bridge and canoe down about nine miles to Horseshoe Bend Park. Take out just past Highway 49 bridge on the left side of the river.
Put In At: Horseshoe Bend Park boat ramp (by Highway 49 bridge) and go down river about five miles to Jay Bird Creek which comes in on the left. To reach the Jay Bird Creek landing by car, travel south (from Horseshoe Bend Park) on Highway 49 to Rock Springs Road and turn right, go to Boone Valley Road and turn right. Continue to the river.
Our Lake Martin fish are very wise and experienced. Your chances of catching some will be much greater with a guide. One of the best we know about:
Lake Martin Fishing -- Doug Patterson Guide Service 334/825-4380
All around us there are historic sites, green picnic spots, and a variety of recreation. Take family and guests for a special treat to:
Horseshoe Bend Park -- Relive this epic battle between Andrew Jackson's forces and the Creek Indians. A vital segment of the nation's history. Fun and educational for all ages. Rent a tape and walk or ride at your own pace. Museum, gift shop and a film. Picnic sites. Walking trails through the woods. From Highway 280, turn north on 49. No admission charge. Seven days 8-5. 256/234-7111
Scenic Overlook -- Gorgeous view of the lake. Picnic tables. On Highway 50 (between Walnut Hill and the dam) watch for the sign.
Oakachoy Covered Bridge -- There are only 12 remaining in Alabama. Picnic site. Beautiful historic site. Highway 259, turn west at Mt. Sinai church and go one mile.
Silo Nature Museum -- Wind Creek State Park. Still life scenes of local wildlife. Usually open afternoons, 7 days in the summertime. Group tours arranged. Call before you go. 256/329-0845.
Fort Toulouse-Jackson Park -- Turn off Highway 231 near Wetumpka. At the juncture of Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers. Indian moundbuilders, Spanish explorers, French soldiers left their mark here. Fort has been reconstructed. Fascinating history. Picnic tables with grills. by the river. Summer hours 6 am - 9 pm 334/567-3002.
Santuck -- First Saturday of each month this tiny community mutates into a gigantic flea market with vendors offering everything you can imagine. Great fun! The early, early bird gets the best buys.
Jasmine Hill Gardens -- Near Wetumpka. 20 acres of flowers and reproductions of Greek statuary. For lovers of the classics and flowers. Admission charge. Tues-Sun 9-5. 334/263-1440.
Auburn University Campus -- From the famous Jordan-Hare Stadium to the War Eagle's cage. From beautifully landscaped historic Samford Hall to traditional Toomer's Corner, walking the campus is a treat for every age.
Serving the Lake Martin Area