Elmore County is located in Alabama and is home to over 7,000 residents. The county was founded in 1866.
It was made from portions of Autauga, Coosa, Montgomery and Tallapoosa counties, and is named for former general John Elmore. The county seat is Wetumpka.
The major cities in Elmore County are Deatsville, Millbrook and Wetumpka.
Key attractions in Deatsville include:
1. Enjoying a meal at Hogs Wild BBQ.
The restaurant offers a wide variety of sandwiches, ribs and other Southern barbecue favorites. It’s a perfect place to stop after a ballgame or family outing. Fast, friendly service and affordable prices keep people coming back for more!
2. Spending a night at the Country Hideaway.
This cozy hotel offers small-town charm and reasonable rates. It’s a perfect stop after a busy travel day. It’s close to many other popular destinations and attractions, too.
Key attractions in Millbrook include:
1. Spending a day at the Alabama Nature Center.
The nature center offers something for everyone. You can stroll across over 300 feet of fields, forests, ponds and streams and learn more about the area in the NaturePlex. There is a Discovery Hall that encourages hands-on participation, a community room and class activities where you can learn more about native plants and animals.
2. Visiting Lake Island.
Lake Island is a popular tourist destination. It’s an area with a relaxed atmosphere. For a nominal fee, you can explore the former movie set and walk the grounds. Don’t be surprised if a few goats come up to say hello! They’re very friendly and welcoming to all visitors. There are areas where you can fish, camp or have a nice picnic lunch on a gorgeous summer day.
3. Enjoying live music at the Thirsty Turtle.
This popular bar and restaurant hosts live music every Friday night. It’s small enough where you can actually hear the other person talking next to you while the music is playing. They offer a nice variety of local delicacies and traditional ales on tap. A nice place to unwind and relax after a busy week.
4. Spending a lazy day enjoying the Autauga Creek Walk.
This scenic area is great for picnics, running, walking or taking the pets out to enjoy nature on a nice day. You can load your boat or canoe into the water and make your way down the creek as well. There are also concerts featuring local artists during the warmer months.
5. Sampling the fares at Poblanos Mexican Restaurant.
You might have to wait for a table during peak lunch and dinner hours, but the wait is well worth it! Their chips and salsa make a great appetizer while you’re waiting for your meal. Heaping portions of Mexican delicacies and other traditional fare make this one of the best restaurants in the county.
6. Hydrating at the Doster Road Artesian Well House.
This artesian well offers water that is clean and refreshing. It is free of minerals and other additives. You can also spend some time exploring the nearby nature area and creek.
7. Resting at the Upper Kingston Park.
This park isn’t well-publicized. It’s often been hailed as a hidden gem. There are a few fields for soccer practice and some covered picnic areas that you can use. There is also a local community center and playground for children to enjoy. It makes a nice place to relax on a spring or summer weekend.
Key attractions in Wetumpka include:
1. Spending a day on the lake with Coosa River Adventures.
You can take a boat or kayak out and enjoy the spacious Coosa River. You can bring your own water vehicle or rent one there. Take as little or as much time as you want to explore the river and your surroundings. A family-owned business that prides itself on service and fun!
2. Admiring natural beauty at the Jasmine Hill Gardens & Outdoor Museum.
This is a great way to spend a nice spring or summer day. You can stroll the gardens and enjoy a nice variety of local flora and fauna. It’s also a very picturesque setting for weddings, graduations and family get-togethers. You can learn more about local history in the splendor of nature.
3. Taking a chance at the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel.
This hotel and casino are another popular Wetumpka destination. There are hundreds of different games of chance you can enjoy, or you can just rent a comfortable room during your stay. It makes for a nice weekend getaway or destination vacation.
4. Appreciating history at Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson.
This historical site has been preserved for generations to admire and enjoy. Although it’s only open for five months of the year, this site does a good job of keeping its legacy intact. There are nice displays of period costumes and the Confederate fort and Native American homes look just as they did two hundred years ago. It also makes a nice camping spot with plenty of bike trails to navigate while you’re there.
5. Admiring local works of art at the Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery.
This gallery is the cultural hot spot for Elmore County. You can learn about the Wetumpka Impact Crater and inspect varied art collections. The displays are rotated on a regular basis and highlight works crafted by just some of the many local creative talents.
6. Hiking across the Swayback Trails.
These trails offer a good athletic workout. It’s a nice hike with many things to see and enjoy. You can take a brisk jog or leisurely stroll along their many miles of pathways during your visit. There is a picnic area that you can use. Expect to run across all sorts of native plants and animals to view on your way.
7. Attending a yoga class at Yoga4HIM.
Yoga enthusiasts have had nothing but nice things to say about this Wetumpka studio. There are a variety of classes offered for people of different interests and ability levels that work for almost any schedule. Personalized attention for every student make this a perfect way to de-stress while getting a good workout in.
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