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Friday, March 23, 2012

Eufaula – Southern Charm

JoAnne Morgan

One of the great things about focusing on the journey vs. the destination is that you are free to make detours. It was a detour that landed us in Eufaula, AL. After leaving Three Rivers State Park and crossing from Florida into Alabama we checked the web and our cool new Rand McNally GPS for interesting towns to visit and up popped Eufaula. A bit more checking and we found Lakepoint Resort State Park and Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge both about 5 miles north of town.

Eufaula sits right on the bank of the Chattahoochee River (Lake Eufaula). Creek Indian tribes, the Eufaula’s first inhabited the area. The fascinating and charming town has a rich history in the pre-civil war southern cotton trade. Today, its many beautifully preserved mansions are a major tourist draw as is the fact that this is a bass fishing mecca. There are over 60 historic buildings and homes on the self-guided driving tour and many are on the National Register of Historic Places. We were able tour the Shorter Mansion and Fendall Hall. What made it extra special was the fact that all the dogwood, flowering plum, and azaleas were all in full bloom.

Staying at Lakepoint Resort State Park was also a treat. We opted for a site in a secluded wooded area away from the lake. We could still see the lake and there was only one other RV in our loop. As I mentioned earlier Bass fishing is big here and the State Park has its own marina, boat rentals and guides. The park is also one of the gateways into the National Wildlife Refuge. While we didn’t log any new birds to add to our life list we still enjoyed our evening ride. SEE PHOTOS HERE