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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Discovering our Treasures in Randolph County

Chamber Chatter
 by Dorothy Tidwell



Randolph County, located in the heart of east central Alabama, has a wealth of natural beauty, historic sites and activities for the entire family to enjoy.  Let’s take a Day-Cation and discover some of the opportunities available in beautiful Randolph County, Alabama.

Our day will begin in Wadley, home to Southern Union State Community College and the site of one of the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail locations. Enjoy watching the various species of birds that can be found on the wooded area of the trail and the occasional sighting of a bald eagle around the lake. For the adventurer, Tallapoosa Wilds offers day trips along the Tallapoosa from their facility in Wadley. They offer equipment rentals of kayaks, canoes and tubes.

Twelve miles east of Wadley on Alabama State Highway 22 is Roanoke, the county’s largest municipality. Home to a revitalized downtown area and surrounded by historic homes, Roanoke offers shopping with the local merchants, dining in quaint cafes and a visit to the Randolph County Historical Museum. Under construction is the unique amphitheater located under the marquee of the Martin Theatre.

Located fourteen miles north of Roanoke on U S Highway 431 is Wedowee the county seat and home of Lake Wedowee. Downtown Wedowee boasts interesting antique shops, gift shops, and eateries.  Located on the north side of town is the Wedowee Kiwanis Park and site two on the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail.  Lake Wedowee offers fishing, swimming, camping, boating, and picnicking at Flat Rock Park and the third site for the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail on Highway 48 West at Fox Creek.

Traveling 14 miles east on scenic Highway 48 through rolling farmland and picturesque settings is Woodland. Woodland is home to the 2A State Champion Woodland Lady Cats Basketball team. You can unwind you day with shopping a local businesses and a meal at the local eateries.

I hope you have enjoyed discovering some of our treasures in Randolph County.

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