Wind Creek State Park

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Wind Creek State Park
Wind Creek State Park is located in Alabama
Wind Creek State Park
Location of Wind Creek State Park in Alabama
Type State park
Location Tallapoosa County, near Alexander City, Alabama
Coordinates 32°51′35.9994″N 85°55′48″W / 32.859999833°N 85.93000°W / 32.859999833; -85.93000Coordinates: 32°51′35.9994″N 85°55′48″W / 32.859999833°N 85.93000°W / 32.859999833; -85.93000
Area 1,445 acres (585 ha)
Elevation 617 feet (188 m) [1]
Operated by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Wind Creek State Park is an Alabama state park located 7 miles (11 km) south of Alexander City. The park occupies 1,445 acres (585 ha) of shoreline along the northern portion of Lake Martin, a 41,000-acre (17,000 ha) clear-water reservoir on the Tallapoosa River.[2] Wind Creek offers camping, swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, playgrounds, and trails for hiking and equestrian use.

Activities and amenities[edit]

  • Camping: Wind Creek lays claim to managing the largest state-owned campground in the United States,[3] with over 600 camping sites, nearly one-third of which are on the water. There are also seven cabins available year around.
  • Fishing: The park hosts fishing competitions such as the American Bass Angler Association Fishing Tournament and Georgia Glenn AT&T Pioneer Fishing Tournament.
  • Events: Other events include Indian festivals and skiing/wake-boarding shows.
  • Playgrounds and activities: The park contains six playgrounds, a lighthouse and other sights. Children's activities, such as crafts, are sometimes available.
  • Geocaching: There are a number of geocaches around Wind Creek on Lake Martin.
  • Hiking and biking: Two hiking trails total 5 miles (8.0 km) in length.[4]
  • Cliff jumping: Chimney Rock is about 20 minutes south of Wind Creek and is only accessible by boat. There are many other places to cliff jump within 30 minutes of Wind Creek.

Nearby attractions[edit]

Attractions within driving distance of Wind Creek include:

  • Cheaha State Park: The park—nearly 60 miles north—surrounds the highest point in Alabama and offers hiking trails, geocaching spots, and scenery.
  • Horseshoe Bend National Military Park: Horseshoe Bend—20 miles northeast—is rich in the heritage of the Creek Indians. It was the site of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend which effectively ended the Creek War.
  • Children's Harbor: The campus located 12 miles (19 km) south of Wind Creek is built around a New England seaside village motif and features the Plymouth Lighthouse and an early American church, Children's Chapel.[5]
  • Lake Martin Amphitheater: The amphitheater is home to the Alex City Jazz Fest, the Russell Family Fourth of July fireworks show and other events.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wind Creek State Park". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Wind Creek State Park". Alabama State Parks. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  3. ^ "Wind Creek State Park (Camping)". Alabama State Parks. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  4. ^ "Wind Creek State Park (Trails)". Alabama State Parks. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  5. ^ "The Story Behind the Lighthouse". Children's Harbor. 

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