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Chewacla State Park is located in eastern Alabama, between the towns and cities of Montgomery, Auburn, and Columbus, GA. The state park lies in the perfectly balanced location of built-up towns and cities and the rolling open countryside of southeast Alabama. The park’s main feature and biggest draw is the 26-acre body of water known as Lake Chewacla. Chewacla State Park attracts many visitors every year, some for the fantastic fishing, watersports, and boating out on Lake Chewacla and others for the surrounding foothills that are perfect for hiking and nature watching.
This cocktail of lakeside recreation and Alabama countryside makes Chewacla State Park the perfect place to take an RV rental. Accessing the park with a rental RV is made even easier with Interstate 85 running along the northern edges of the park. Rent a camper near Chewacla State Park, and you too can reap the rewards of this idyllic lakeside park. Search for an RV in Lee County, AL, and start your Chewacla State Park adventure right away.
The biggest draw for campers visiting Chewacla State Park has to be Lake Chewacla. The keen anglers among you will be pleased to hear that the lake is home to a wide range of fish species, each one offering Chewacla State Park campers the chance to land that next record-breaking fish. Fish species here include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bream, and many others. If the fish aren’t biting in Lake Chewacla, head to one of the park’s two creeks, whos waters are also home to many fish. Campers are reminded that an Alabama fishing license is needed to fish at Chewacla State Park.
As well as the great fishing to be hand at Chewacla State Park, boating and watersports are also very popular. Although there are no boat ramps and motorized boats are not permitted, Lake Chewacla is ideal for those who love canoeing or kayaking. The shorelines of the lake and the two creeks both make for great environments for exploring with either boat. Those motorhome camping without their own boats can head to the park’s office, where kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards are available for rent. The park is also home to a designated swimming beach, for those who wish for a little cooling swim.
It is not only the lake-based recreation that is offered at Chewacla State Park. The park and surrounding area is home to a vast network of hiking and biking trails. Trails vary in length and difficulty. The short interpretive Sweet Shrub Trail is ideal for children and those who are beginner hikers. There are also the more challenging mountain bike trails built by the ‘Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers.’ Chewacla State Park is also a great park for spotting Alabama wildlife, animals such as deer, chipmunks, red foxes, and wild turkeys can be seen.
Those RV camping at Chewacla State Park will find more than fitting accommodation for even the most choosy RV camper. The park is home to 36 campsites, all of which come with a long list of amenities and site facilities. Full 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups are provided here. Facilities on-site include a dump station, flushing toilets, shower blocks, fire rings, and picnic tables. The campground also has numerous pull-thru sites, meaning all sized rigs are welcome here. Pets are also welcome here but must be kept on a leash at all times.
An alternative to camping at the state park campground is to venture a little further south to the Bar-W RV Park. This campground comes with full electric, sewer, and water hookups. Facilities here also include a dump station, flushing toilets, RV storage units, and a laundry service.
Only a ten-mile trip from Chewacla State Park is the locally celebrated ‘Museum of East Alabama.’ This museum is home to a wide verity of exhibitions, showcasing the rich and diverse history of the local area. The exhibitions range from early native American items to second world war POW artifacts. Although a small and independent museum, as it is so close to Chewacla State Park, it is worth a visit.
Those with an even keener interest in US history should not pass up a visit to ‘The First Whitehouse of The Confederacy’ in Montgomery - a fifty-minute drive west from Chewacla State Park. The now-famous building was the residence of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family, during the city’s status as the capital, until 1861. Visitors can take a tour of this Italian style building, complete with period furnishes from the 1850s and 1860s. On the register of historic places since the 1970s, the building is an icon of southern history and provides a look into the history of the short-lived confederacy.
Visitors to the city of Montgomery with a taste for all things art and culture should head to the ‘Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ in the city. The museum is home to a wide range of exhibitions, showcasing both 19th and 20th-century American paintings and sculpture. One of the highlights of the museum is its multi-million dollar sculpture garden. The garden is part of the nearby park and displays sculptures from local and international sculptors.