Local Attractions

Lake Martin offers a wide range of activities and venues for recreation of all sorts, and the weather cooperates with warm temperatures from mid-April through mid-October. In fact, there is not a single month in the year when you cannot enjoy at least a few days of golf, biking and other outdoor activities during.

From fishing, swimming and sailing to golf, hiking and biking, Lake Martin has many recreational areas to suit your preference. Do you like to shopping, eating out, and spending an afternoon at the spa? Then Lake Martin is the place to be! Do you enjoy picnics, live music and fireworks? Lake Martin can deliver that too. Less than 30 minutes from Auburn, only two hours from Atlanta, and just an hour from Birmingham and Montgomery, Lake Martin and its outstanding recreational areas are readily accessible. Lake Martin truly is the South’s Best Kept Secret!!

 

Golf Courses

Lakewinds Golf Course – a par 70 18-hole, 5500 yard old-fashioned public course with circular greens; matches every Tuesday and Thursday (www.alexandercity.org/lw-golf.html)

The Highlands Course at Stillwaters Golf Club –a par 72 18-hole course open to the public, with a state of the art practice facility, rated four stars by Golf Digest in 1999 (www.stillwatersgolf.com)

 

Recreational Parks, Camps and Areas

Camp ASCCA – a nationally recognized therapeutic recreation area for children and adults with physical or intellectual disabilities; weekend and weeklong sessions available year round (www.campascca.org)

DARE Power Park – day use facility featuring swimming, sandy beach, 2 large pavilions, 13 picnic tables with grills, 2 fishing pier, boat ramp and an amphitheater (www.lakemartin.com/POI/Parks/DARE-Park-Alabama-Power/1717948)

Holly Hills Trail – natural habitat for a wide variety of birds; abundant viewing opportunities (www.alabamabirdingtrails.com/sites/holly-hills-trail-at-d-a-r-e-power-park)

Wind Creek State Park – 1,445 acres along the shore with a fully equipped modern campground (256-329-0845)

Dixie Sailing Club – private club hosting Saturday racing events from March until November and regattas in the Spring and Fall; $60/month membership fee (www.dixiesailingclub.com)

Willow Point Country Club – a private club located on the edge of the lake, offering a fitness center, swimming pool and sandy beach, tennis, boating and fishing; available for special events (www.willowpoint.com)

Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail – 11 miles of footpath only hiking trails along the southeastern shore; bald eagles, wild turkeys and other birds are abundant (www.crata.org)

Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail – includes seven sites on and around Lake Martin where water fowl and bald eagles can be found (www.alexandercity.org/birding.com)

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park – a 2,040 acre park dedicated to the battle of Horseshoe Bend on March 27, 1814; excellent birding opportunities (www.nps.gov/hobe/index.htm)

 

Annual Events and Celebrations (www.Imat.org/area-events.html)

Russell Marine In-Water Boat Show – last weekend of April at the Ridge Marina

Fourth of July fireworks

AquaPalooza boating event – late July; the lake’s largest family boating event; live music and other activities

Alexander City Jazz Festival, a June event that includes live entertainment in downtown Alex City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheater

Arti Gras – July Art Show featuring regional artisans, hosted at Russell Crossroads

SunFest Alexander City – July event (www.alexandercity.org/sunfest.html)

Labor Day Concert at the Lake Martin Amphitheater

Fall Family Festival – last weekend of October at Russell Crossroads

Christmas at Crossroads – last weekend of November at Russell Crossroads

Christmas Parade – one of East Alabama’s largest parades hosted the first Monday of December

 

Restaurants

Harbor Docks Restaurant (www.harbordocksrestaurant.com)

La Posada Mexican Grill (www.urbanspoon.com/r/74/781906/restaurant/Alabama/La-Posada-Mexican-Grill-Dadeville)

Niffer’s Place – catering and private space available (www.niffersplace.com)

Oskars Café at Blue Creek (www.oskarscafe.com)

Red Hill Cottage & Café – catering only (www.lakemartin.com/pages/Red-Hill-Cottage-and-Cafe/)

Judy’s Stagecoach Inn Restaurant & Sam’s Saloon (www.judysstagecoachinn.com)

Chuck’s Marina (256-857-2666)

Willow Point Country Club – a private club offering casual and formal dining (www.willowpoint.com)

Catherine’s Market, Hwy 63, Alex City 256-215-7070 (www.catherinesatcrossroads.com)

 

Marinas

Anchor Bay Marina (www.AnchorBoatRentals.com)

Harbor Pointe Marina (www.harborpointe.net)

Lakeside Marina (www.LakesideMarinaLLC.com)

Wind Creek State Park Marina (256-329-0845)

 

Landmarks (www.lakemartin.com/POI/Landmarks)

Acapulco Rock

Children’s Harbor

Chimney Rock

Jim Scott’s Garden

Kowaliga Bridge

Old Blacksmith Homestead Site

Peanut Point

Richard Scrushy’s Former House

Smith Mountain Fire Tower

 

Camping, Overnight Vacations and Long Term Rentals

Rentals on Lake Martin www.rentalslakemartin.com