Join us at the Fresh Air Market (FAM), on May 19th and 20th. The event will be held at Chewacla State Park. Continue reading below to learn about the Park and how participating will help some of the less fortunate of our community.
The Fresh Air Market is a community-based event that, well, helps our community. All of the proceeds from this event help abused, abandoned and neglected girls from our communities. While this might be a new event on your calendar, it's one that is sure to be fun. Three organizations (Chewacla State Park, The Auburn, and Opelika Tourism Bureau, and the Alabama Sheriff's Girls Ranch) have come together to organize this event to help better our community and provide a fantastic day with your family. Meet us at Chewacla State Park and shop from a variety of talented artisans and local businesses, enjoy music from live bands, buy lunch from your favorite food vendors, Demo outdoor equipment, take part in a rubber ducky race, or simply enjoy the beauty of nature. It's all happening on May 19th & 20th at Chewacla State Park.
Chewacla State Park's 696 scenic acres offer plenty of rest, relaxation and recreation, just a short drive from the Auburn-Opelika area. Facilities include a 26-acre lake, swimming area, playground, a modern campground, picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters, cabins, hiking and mountain biking trails.
In the 1930's the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built six stone cottages in the park, which are available for rental year round. The cottages have been renovated and feature hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, beautiful new bathrooms, modern kitchens and televisions. Each has central heating and cooling so your stay will be comfortable no matter what time of year you visit. Linens are provided. If you prefer roughing it the park also offers 36 full hookup camping sites and 10 primitive sites. Shower facilities are available in all camping areas.
Lake Chewacla is perfect for reeling in bream, bass, crappie and catfish or taking a dip off the beach area. No luck in the lake, then try one of the park’s two creeks. There is no boat ramp on the lake, but visitors are allowed to bring their own small non-motorized watercraft such as canoes or kayaks if they can be hand-launched from the bank.
The park offers plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails to choose from. Options range from the short interpretive Sweet Shrub Trail to the more challenging mountain biking trails built by the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP). While on the trails visitors are likely to see squirrels, chipmunks, red fox, deer and turkeys; as well as unique rock formations and a variety of native flora and fauna.
The Girls Ranch is a home for abused, neglected, and abandoned girls from the ages of 6-18. There are three homes on the Ranch and with up to 10 children living in each house. Each residence has a married couple who act as mother and father to the children. The Girls Ranch's main goal is to provide loving homes that are full of learning opportunities for the children who live there. In addition to our homes, the Ranch has over two hundred acres. They have a working farm that allows girls to learn work ethic and responsibility. For over 42 years the Ranch has been home to over 1200 young ladies who needed a first chance at life. To learn more about the Ranch, please watch the video below.