The Piedmont


The Piedmont area is home to beautiful Lake Wedowee and Chambers County Lake. Located at the skirts of the Piedmont Plateau, a province of the Appalachians, these lakes offer a wide variety of wonderful scenery and exciting outdoor recreational activities. The nearby college town of Auburn offers small-town charm and a glimpse into the state's sports traditions, while other towns in the area boast displays of historic architecture and artifacts.

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What To See & Do


Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

This golf course at Grand National was voted the country's No. 1 public golf course in 2008 by readers of Golf World.


Museum of East Alabama

More than 4,000 artifacts, including Roanoke dolls and World War II relics, offer a fascinating glimpse into history.


Historic Downtown Opelika

Take a self-guided tour of downtown Opelika, featuring Victorian homes, a restored depot and specialty shops.


Auburn University

Explore downtown Auburn, including legendary Toomer's Corner, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and the historic district.


Randolph County Historical Museum

Uncover Native American relics, Civil War memorabilia and the famous Ella Smith dolls.


Chewacla State Park

Explore 696 acres complete with a lake, cottages, modern campgrounds and plenty of fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities.


Lake Wedowee

Lake Wedowee offers fishing, boating, skiing and tours of the R.L. Harris Reservoir by appointment.


Chambers County Lake

Stocked to the brim with bass, crappie, catfish and carp, this 180-acre fishing lake also offers picnicking and campsites.

Where To Stay


The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

This hotel is a short walk from Auburn University and attractions.


Chewacla State Park

Enjoy renovated cabins, a 26-acre lake, hiking trails and modern campgrounds.

Where To Eat & Drink


Toomer's Drugs

For more than 130 years, the soda fountain at Toomer's Drugs has served sandwiches, hot dogs and floats.


The Warehouse Bistro

Upscale American fare, an award-winning wine list and the restaurant's cozy patio make for a complete fine dining experience.


Amsterdam Café

This Vincent Van Gogh-inspired, upscale eatery has evolved into a farm-to-table restaurant.

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Area Towns

  • Auburn


    Auburn is home to Auburn University and is known as “The Loveliest Village on the Plains.”

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  • Cusseta


    Located in Chambers County, Cusseta was named for the ancient Creek Indian town of the same name. It has a population of slighty more than 100.

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  • Graham


    An unincorporated community in Randolph County, Graham has a population of more than 200.

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  • Lafayette


    Incorporated in January 7, 1835, Lafayette is is the county seat of Chambers County. It has a population of more than 3,000.

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  • Lanett


    Originally called Bluffton, Lanett is located in eastern Alabama on the Chattahoochee River. It is home to more than 7,000 residents.

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  • Loachapoka


    Loachapoka is located in Lee County, seven miles west of Auburn. It has a population of more than 150. The name “Loachapoka” means “turtle sitting place” in Muskogee.

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  • Opelika


    The sister city of Auburn, Opelika is a wonderful place to explore the history of southeastern Alabama. Take a step back in time by visiting downtown Opelika’s Promenade and the Lee County Courthouse, a stunning neoclassical revival-style structure which was built in 1896 and is still the county’s working courthouse today. Historic homes and the Lee County Historic…

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  • Phenix City


    Located on the Alabama-Georgia state line in southern Alabama, Phenix City is a charming, progressive town with a rather infamous past. Formerly known as “sin city” in the 1940s and 50s because of rampant political corruption and illegal activities, today Phenix City boasts a population of about 25,000 upstanding citizens, a welcoming family-friendly atmosphere and…

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  • Roanoke


    Roanoke, in Randolph County, has a population of more than 6,500 residents.

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  • Salem


    Salem, an unincorporated community in Lee County, was first settled in 1835. It lies along U.S. Highway 280 between Opelika and Phenix City.

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  • Valley


    Valley is a city in Chambers County, incorporated in 1980. It is an important part of the textile hertiage of the South. Valley has a population of more than 9,000.

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  • Wadley


    Located in Randolph County, Wadley is a town of more than 600 residents. It is home to the Wadley campus of Southern Union State Community College.

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  • Wedowee


    Wedowee, which means “old water” in the Creek language, derives its name from a Muskogee Creek Indian chief. It has a population of more than 800 and is located in Randolph County.

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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

The Piedmont area is accessible via Highway 431 from Interstate 20 or Interstate 85. In addition, the Auburn area is accessible via Highway 280.

Greyhound offers daily bus service to and from Opelika. 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.

300F Columbus Parkway U.S. 280
Opelika, AL 36801

(334) 745-4201