With fall right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy a little less humidity in the air and soak up the last bit of summer. Get outside and enjoy the great outdoors is with a visit to Auburn’s Chewacla State Park.
With the mandated quarantine and the onset of the pandemic, it became clear that even though people needed to stay apart, they didn’t need to spend all that time indoors. By April, the State of Alabama’s health officer issued an order of the state that deemed outdoor recreation as essential.
At Chewacla State Park, maintaining a safe 6-foot distance between groups or individuals is easy to do. After all, the park consists of 696 scenic acres! This includes a 26-acre lake with a swimming area, a playground, campgrounds, picnic area, hiking trails, and mountain biking trails. Fishing is allowed with the proper license.
Canoes, kayaks, and the like are welcome on the lake too. In fact, the park offers boat rentals from the main office all week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weather and staff permitting. It’s recommended you call ahead to check availability.
All trails are multi-use and open to hikers and mountain bikers alike. The trails include varying levels of ease and difficulty so there is truly something for everyone at Chewacla. One of the easier trails is the Camps Trail. It’s a relatively flat loop around the campground with wide, easy turns making it good for the beginner mountain biker and hikers.
Another option is the Lakeside Connector Trail. It is a mile long and wraps around the lake—and for the more adventurous, it does connect to four other popular intermediate trails.
Accommodations and Park Hours
The park is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For those of you interested in camping, it just became a little easier to save your spot with the new online reservation system. There are currently 36 full hookup camp sites available for both RVs and tent camping as well as 10 primitive sites.
If your definition of “roughing it” includes a comfy bed, a bathroom, kitchen, and central heating and air, the stone cottages are perfect for you! The six stone cottages on-premise were originally built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and are available for rent year-round. Each cottage has been renovated and all have beautiful hardwood floors, new bathrooms and kitchens, TVs, and stone fireplaces for those cooler nights.
With so much to see and do in Auburn’s Chewacla State Park, getting outside is easy! For more information about the state park, visit their website and check out park info, camping info and trail maps. For other interesting town news and places to visit, check out the Summer Wind’s blog now!