1) Chewacla State Park
The park may have a funny name, but it’s one of Auburn’s most popular recreational areas.
The park is open from 8am to 6pm every day. One of the more popular activities is fishing. The lake is filled with bream, bass, crappie, and catfish. It’s also a perfect swimming lake. There are no boat ramps for motorized boats, although visitors are welcome to bring kayaks, canoes, and other non-motorized watercraft onto the lake by launching them from the bank.
Take your time to explore the park. There are plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails in the park – including the short and sweet “Sweet Shrub Trail” and more challenging mountain bike trails constructed by the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP). Keep an eye out for red fox, deer, turkeys, and squirrels.
Camping and lodging is available for overnight stays. There are 36 full hookup camping sites, 10 primitive sites, and six stone cottages.
For more information, visit the Chewacla State Park website.
2) Tuskegee National Forest
Located just south of the city of Auburn, Tuskegee National Forest is a beautiful scenic area great for hiking, camping, and fishing.
The most popular stop in the park is the Taska Recreation Area, where you’ll find picnic facilities and bathrooms. The forest is open throughout the year, although Taska is a daylight use area only.
The most popular hike in the camp is the Bartram National Recreation Trail, which was the first trail in Alabama to be designated a National Recreation Trail. The 8.5 mile trail takes you through various types of forest and wildlife habitats where you can spot deer, turkey, and other critters.
Want to go horseback riding? Tuskegee National Forest has plenty of areas for that as well. Check out the Bold Destiny/Bedford Cash Memorial Trail, which offers 15 miles of delightful riding across the park.
3) City Running Trails
You don’t have to leave the city of Auburn AL to experience the beautiful outdoors. Auburn has plenty of running trails within the city. Instead of mentioning all of the trails here (one site lists nearly 12,000 different running routes), I’ll just direct you to MapMyRun.com, which lets you easily scan the map of Auburn for good running trails near you.
4) Kiesel Park
Kiesel Park is a favorite spot within the city of Auburn. The outdoor recreation spot is popular among cyclists or anyone who just wants to relax around the pond. Every April, Kiesel Park hosts Auburn CityFest, which is a free festival with live music and activities for the whole family.
5) Lake Martin
Located about a half hour drive outside the city of Auburn, Lake Martin is a popular lake for all types of summer activities. The lake is actually a reservoir that was formed by the construction of the Martin Dam. Today, the area is surrounded by cottages and homes along nearly every shoreline.
No matter which outdoor activity you’re interested in, you’ll find it at Lake Martin. Golfing, sailing, water skiing, boating, swimming, and camping are just a few of the things that make Lake Martin famous. There are over 750 miles of wooded shoreline to discover and plenty of rental properties available for weekend stays.
You can even navigate to your own island and claim it for your own. There are dozens of small islands in the lake for you to discover (okay, you can’t actually claim these islands for your own).
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