Elmore County is home to the state’s oldest and largest non-profit conservation organization. AWF offers educational opportunities for all ages at the 23,000 square foot NaturePlex that showcases the 420 acres of striking forests, wetlands, and ponds traversed by five miles of boardwalks and trails.
The Alabama Birding Trail is made up of eight different trails throughout the state. These locations allow for the best public locations for bird watching year-round. The Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail has 40 East Central Alabama sites, 6 of the 40 are in Elmore County. The locations in Elmore County are the following:
– Alabama Nature Center – Lanark
– Cooter’s Pond
– Corn Creek Wilderness Park
– Fort Toulouse/Fort Jackson
– Gold Star Park
– The Yates Lake Forever Wild Tract
The Trail of Legends Association, Inc. (TOLA) began as a grassroots effort led by citizens of Elmore County who were interested in creating safe and scenic trails that would provide an alternative to walking along dangerous roads and highways. In 1993, TOLA was created as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a very clear mission, which was to develop a trail system in Elmore County. During that same year TOLA received a federal grant to develop a countywide trail plan which was done in association with the Alabama Regional Planning Commission. TOLA’s first completed project is the Swayback Bridge Trail. Visit their website to find directions, maps of the trail, photos, and more.
There are two primary hiking trails on this 6000-acre wildlife management area owned by Alabama Forever Wild. The John B. Scott trail is 4.7 miles that weaves along the Tallapoosa River through old growth hardwoods and along several beautiful, flowing creeks. The Cherokee Bluffs Dam Railroad trail follows the old, historic railroad bed that was built in the early 1920’s and used in the construction of Martin Dam. You can hike 2.7 miles to the Channahatchee Creek or you can follow either the Highline or Lowline railroads and proceed to the highest point in Elmore County: Saddle Rock Mountain.
Image Courtesy of Chrietzberg Photography, Wetumpka, 334-567-5381
The Wetumpka Astrobleme was created by a cosmic event that occurred 80 to 83 million years ago. After many tests and deep earth core drilling in recent years, it was confirmed that this is indeed an impact crater. It is only one of the few above-ground impact craters in the United States, and it is only one of six in the world.