Lake Martin & Horseshoe Bend


This beautiful area is located on the shores of gorgeous Lake Martin and is home to Horseshoe Bend National Military Park in Dadeville. The area offers limitless recreational activities, and nearby Alexander City is considered one of the nation's top retirement communities. Automotive enthusiasts will enjoy the Wellborn Musclecar Museum, featuring a fine collection of American high-performance cars.

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What To See & Do


Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

Take a step back in time and discover where the final battle of the Creek War was fought.


Lake Martin

The breathtaking beauty of this 44,000-acre lake makes this area a popular place for recreation.


Wellborn Musclecar Museum

Explore an impressively large collection of muscle cars from 1969-1971.


Wind Creek State Park

Explore nature and enjoy limitless outdoor recreation activities at this beautiful state park.

Where To Stay


Wind Creek State Park

With 626 sites, Wind Creek State Park features the largest state-operated campground in the country, including 187 waterfront sites.


Mistletoe Bough

Mistletoe Bough, an 1890 Victorian home complete with antique furnishings, offers an unforgettable stay just minutes from Lake Martin.


Creekside Lodge

Creekside Lodge is a family-owned bed and breakfast-style hotel on Lake Martin. The lodge features 23 guest rooms and two suites.


StillWaters Golf Club

Enjoy spacious villas and guest suites at this golf club located on the edge of Blue Creek at Lake Martin in Dadeville.

Where To Eat & Drink



SpringHouse serves sophisticated, local cuisine. Highlights include whole Gulf red snapper and signature homemade s'mores.


Carlisle Drug Soda Fountain

This full-service, old fashioned soda fountain serves classic drugstore fare in a casual atmosphere. After lunch, peruse the gift shop or have a steaming cup of coffee at the counter – a daily tradition for some regulars.

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Area Towns

  • Alexander City


    Alexander City is in Tallapoosa County and shares claim to Horseshoe Bend military park.

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  • Dadeville


    Dadeville is in Tallapoosa County and shares claim to Horseshoe Bend National Military Park.

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  • Eclectic


    Located in Elmore County, Eclectic has a population of more than 1,000.

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  • Goodwater


    Goodwater is in Coosa County and has a population of more than 1,400. It is part of the Alexander City micropolitan area.

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  • Rockford


    Rockford is located in Coosa County with a population of more than 400. The town had a well-known mascot, a dog named Fred, which died in 2002.

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  • Tallassee


    Tallassee, first called Talisi by the Creek Indians, is a city on the Tallapoosa River, found in both Elmore and Tallapoosa counties. The city is located in the densely forested Emerald Mountains, a small southeastern chain of the Lower Appalachians, and has a population of nearly 5,000.

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  • Titus


    Titus is located in Elmore County.

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  • Wetumpka


    Known as “The City of Natural Beauty,” Wetumpka is a city in Elmore County with a population of more than 5,000. The name Wetumpka is a Creek place word meaning “rumbling waters,” describing the sound of the nearby Coosa River.

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Getting there by plane
Getting there by car
Getting there by bus or train

Birmingham serves as the state’s major air travel hub. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport offers 130 daily flights to 51 airports in 48 cities throughout the United States.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
5900 Messer Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212

(205) 595-0533

The Montgomery Regional Airport is served by American Eagle, Delta Connection and US Airways Express and offers daily direct flights to and from Atlanta, Memphis, Charlotte and Dallas/Fort Worth.

Montgomery Regional Airport
4445 Selma Highway
Montgomery, AL 36108

(334) 281-5040

Birmingham is accessible via several major interstate highways, including Interstate 65, the state's main north-south route; Interstate 20; and Interstate 59.

The Horseshoe Bend area and Lake Martin can be reached by car via Highway 280 from Interstate 85.

Greyhound offers daily bus service to and from Alexander City. You will need to arrange transportation to your destination from the station. Hours of operation are subject to change. Call to verify information before making travel plans.

2115 Highway 280
Alexander City, AL 35010