Family vacations to Eufaula, Alabama, are the stuff of legend. This charming town sits on the Alabama side of the Alabama-Georgia border, and if you drive about 90 miles southeast of Montgomery, you’ll reach Eufaula (and plenty of entertainment too). Overlooking picturesque Lake Eufaula, known as the "Bass Capital of the World,” this town has long been a destination for travelers seeking a serene afternoon on the water or a shop around town. What should you know about Eufaula before you visit? Plenty. Let us plan your trip for you. We’ve organized Eufaula’s offerings by style—are you a shopper? A hiker? Or is lounging by the lake more your style? Read on and explore Eufaula…you’ll be glad you did.
Take a tour through this historic mansion-turned-museum, and bask in the stately neo-classical architecture. Shorter Mansion is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids ages 5-12.
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Fendall Hall Historic Site
Built in the late 19th century, this historic house has been transformed into a museum and decked out in antiques from the period and an array of historic memorabilia. (Not to mention the Italian marble fireplaces, marble floors, and pristine landscape.)
Seth Lore and Irwinton Historic District
This area, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the second-largest historic district in the state. The district is filled with over 700 historic structures of varying architectural styles, many of which were constructed in the 19th century. It will charm you in an instant.
Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge
This 11,184-acre refuge is a short drive from the town of Eufaula. It’s filled with the diverse wildlife that call the refuge home, including American alligators, white-tailed deer, coyotes, osprey, wood ducks, and great blue herons. Take the meandering 8-mile drive through the refuge to see the wildlife and their varied habitats, including seasonal wetlands and marshes as well as grasslands and prairies.
Lake Point State Park
Set on the banks of Lake Eufaula, this state park has plenty of opportunities for fishing, boating, camping, wildlife-watching, hiking, and swimming. If fishing is your style, you won’t want to miss the area’s annual bass tournament. Book a room at the Lakepoint Resort State Park Lodge and Convention Center for a comfy stay will all the amenities.
Though widely known as Lake Eufaula, the official name of this body of water is Walter F. George Lake. Here you’ll find countless recreational opportunities over 46,000 acres. Take advantage of the campground and do some fishing and boating while you’re there.
Creek Heritage Trail
Learn about the First and Second Creek Wars, the Seminole War, and the Creek Removal, which happened in this area of Alabama. Follow the Creek Heritage Trail to learn about Creek culture and the history of the area.
Superior Pecans & Gifts
Superior Pecans & Gifts has been producing the best pecans in South Alabama since 1934. It doesn’t stop there, though. Drop by and pick up coffees, candies, brittles, jams, and jellies too. (Just don’t forget the chocolate-covered pecans. They’re worth the trip.)
Get your shopping fix at this Eufaula boutique. It’s a great stop for clothing, gifts, jewelry, and much more. There’s also a room dedicated to kids’ toys and games, which the little ones will love.
Blue Moon Coffee Shop
This is your early morning stop. Blue Moon Coffee Shop will supply you with the caffeine and eats to get your day started right.
River City Grill
The Cajun Corner
No trip to Eufaula would be complete without a meal at The Cajun Corner. The restaurant's staff recommends the New Orleans Stuffed Fish (red snapper, grouper, or tilapia), the Mardi Gras Stuffed Shrimp, or the North Shore pasta. (Full disclosure: We’re also thinking about ordering a po’boy.)
River City BBQ
You’re in Alabama, so why not go for barbecue? Just do it. When you’re elbow deep in a slow-cooked pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, and potato salad from River City BBQ, you’ll thank us.
If you find yourself in Eufaula in autumn, check out Paradise Pumpkin Patch. Don’t miss the Eufaula Christmas Tour, held in early December, or the springtime Eufaula Pilgrimage, held in April, for seasonal tours of historic homes.