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Situated in the middle eastern part of the state, Wetumpka is a small town in Elmore County, AL.
Wetumpka is ideally located 76 miles from Birmingham, AL and 135 miles from Atlanta, GA, allowing residents to take advantage of all the entertainment, dining, and shopping options these larger cities have to offer. As of 2017, around 8,148 residents had made Wetumpka their home.
Despite its small size Wetumpka played a significant role in the mid-20th century civil rights struggles.
Students in Wetumpka attend Elmore County Schools, specifically Wetumpka Elementary School (PK-4), Wetumpka Middle School (5-8), and Wetumpka High School(9-12). Each of the schools has around 900 students.
Elmore County also offers The EDGE (Elmore County’s Diverse Gateway to Education), which allows students to receive their education virtually. Wetumpka residents can also choose from several private schools, including Edgewood Academy, a PK-12 school with just 323 students.
Located in nearby Millbrook, AL, Chapman Christian Academy is another K-12 school that combines a strong religious foundation with a rigorous academic program. In addition to day classes, Chapman Christian Academy offers evening classes for students who are unable to attend school during the day.
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Parks and Recreation in Wetumpka
Several parks are located in Wetumpka, giving residents plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun. Although a smaller park, Gold Star Park is well-known among residents for its excellent walking trail that is perfect for birdwatching.
The trail runs alongside the Coosa River and boasts spots for barbecuing and picnicking. The park is home to the Elmore County Museum, two historic log cabins, and a stage that is used for live performances.
Best of all, the park is located inside an 85 million-year-old, 1,000 ft. diameter asteroid gouge. Gold Star Park is also frequently the spot for community-wide events, including the Wetumpka Christmas on the Coosa Parade, Wetumpka Fireworks, and the Wetumpka River and Blues Music and Arts Festival.
Wetumpka Municipal Park boasts a sports complex that is ideal for the whole family. In addition to baseball fields,the complex features 10 batting cages, a concession stand for hungry visitors, a children’s playground, and access to multiple walking trails.
Sunshine Park is located on the grounds of Mulder Memorial United Methodist Church, though it is open to the public from dawn to dusk. The park features a fabulous children’s playground that was developed around biblical stories, including David and Goliath, Jonah’s whale, and the Tower of Babel. In addition, the park is equipped with a puppet theater, basketball court, tennis court, and a pavilion.
Corn Creek Wilderness Park sits along the banks of the Coosa River and Corn Creek. Although its trails are heavily wooded, they are well marked, allowing visitors to get a glimpse of wildlife in its natural habitat. This park is definitely a favorite of birdwatchers from all over the state of Alabama.
Anyone who enjoys water sports will appreciate Lake Jordan, a reservoir that encompasses 6,800 acres and offers around 188 miles of shoreline. At Lake Jordan, there are year-round chances for boating, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and fishing. During the warm summer months, it is a favorite of swimmers looking to cool off and take advantage of the beach-like shores.
Wetumpka is also home to Wind Creek Casino, which is equipped with more than 2,500 of the most popular, newest, and most exciting electronic game.
Wind Creek Casino is said to deliver the highest payouts in the southeast in its Vegas-style casino, making it a popular spot for gamblers from all over the southern United States. Wind Creek Casino also houses five restaurants, which are open to the public.
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Weather in Wetumpka
Wetumpka residents enjoy a mild climate with an annual high temperature of 74.8°F and an average temperature of 63.85°F.
Temperatures are often highest in July and August, when they frequently top out at 90°F, while January is the coldest month of the year, with a low temperature of 35°F and a high of 56°F.
February and March see the most rainfall with an average precipitation of 5.57 inches. In total, the town receives around 51.34 inches of rain throughout the year.
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