Recreation and Arts
The CGEDA area is full of things to do, for families and individuals. Recreational opportunities abound, for those who love the outdoors, with culture almost literally knocking on your front door for those who prefer other types of entertainment. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll be sure to find it in the five-county region served by CGEDA.
BirdingIf you’re interested in birding, Choctaw County is the place for you. It is rich with bird-life, featuring three different stops along the Black Belt Birding Trail
Bladon Springs State Park
With more than 357 acres, the park is forested in open, mature pines, with a few hardwoods. It is home to songbirds, woodpeckers, Northern Paraulas, Yellow-throated Warblers, Ochard Orioles, Eastern Wood-Pewees, and Summer Tanagers. Click here to learn more.
Choctaw National Wildlife Reserve
Comprised of more than 4,000 acres of rivers, sloughs, hardwood forests, and even some tall-grass cropland, the Choctaw National Wildlife Reserve is home to Swallow-tailed and Mississippi kites, Anhingas, Northern Parulas, American Redstarts, Acadian Flycatchers, Purple Gallinules, King Rails, Least Bitterns, Common Moorhens, Painted Buntings, Ospreys, and even Bald Eagles! As many as 10,000 waterfowl spend their winter months at Choctaw National Wildlife Reserve. For more information, click here.
Coffeeville Lake (Service Park)
If you’re planning a trip to either Bladon Springs State Park or the Choctaw National Wildlife Reserve, you owe it to yourself to include a short visit to Coffeeville Lake (Service Park), too. You’ll find an impressive number of songbirds, Eagles, Ospreys, and Waders. It’s an active park during all times of the year, except the hottest months of summer. Click here for more information.
You’ll find fossils, old tractors, Civil War Rifles, artifacts and Indian artifacts at the Choctaw County Historical Museum. On the same parcel of land, you’ll find the Old County Store, much as you would have seen it around the turn of the century.
The Choctaw County Courthouse was placed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage in 1997, and a Military Memorial Walkway was also dedicated in 1997, as part of the County’s 150th birthday celebration.
Ezell’s Fish Camp is referred to by many as a “cultural institution.” Their catfish is world-renowned, and the restaurant is located on the Tombigbee River.
With an abundance of forests, waterways, and all-around natural beauty, Clarke County is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.
Hunting & FishingLocated in the heart of the South, and between two major rivers (the Tombigbee and the Alabama), Clarke County, Alabama claims to have some of the best hunting and fishing in the country. Hunting enthusiasts will bag white tail deer, turkey, and a wide variety of other small game.
Coffeeville Reservoir is an 8,500-acre Army Corps of Engineers impoundment on the Tombigbee River. Boating access is available along the Reservoir.
Campbells Landing, along the Tombigbee, has excellent fishing and water sports. It also hosts the Hole Shot Drag Boat Races.
Old Lock One Park, located off Hwy 69, has a boat landing, pavilion, primitive camping sites, and allows for bank fishing. There is a 620-acre island, accessible only by boat, that is home to a variety of wildlife.
Service Park, also on the Tombigbee, has beautiful views, camping, bank fishing, and much more to the individuals using it.
Millers Ferry, on the Alabama River, has been featured in several national fishing tournaments, as well as thousands of local tournaments.
Claiborne and Dannelly Reservoirs on the Alabama River provide extensive opportunities for recreation.
Old Lock 1 Island offers primitive hunting in season.
The Scotch Wildlife Management Area draws hunters during the season. It encompasses more than 18,000 acres, with deer, feral hogs, turkeys, doves, squirrels, quail, rabbits, raccoons, and fox all hunted.
Permits are required for hunting and fishing, year round.
The Sepulga River Canoe Trail
The Sepulga River Canoe Trail features deep water, limestone walls, and a few rapids, offering a wilderness kayaking and canoe experience unique to South Alabama. Be sure to keep watch for an alligator or two, sunning on the rocks.
Boggs & Boulders
Located on County Rd. 42 near the Brooklyn community, Boggs & Boulders is an off-road adventure park with more than 850 acres of trails, bogs, hills, and travel mud pits. It is features caves, boulders, and a cool pool. It is open each weekend, year-round.
Kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts will enjoy these remote locations for testing their skills.
Evergreen Municipal Park
If you’re looking for an interactive playground for your kids, look no further than the Evergreen Municipal Park. Home to baseball, tennis, picnic areas, fishing, hiking, and the EverFun center, an interactive playground for youth, this great location is perfect for kids of all ages. Don’t miss the fireworks on July 4th!
Evergreen Golf Club
A public, nine-hole golf course, The Evergreen Golf Club, is located just outside the Evergreen City limits in Conecuh County. It is a beautiful, well-kept course in a wooded area.
Hunting & Fishing
Both are popular past-times during their individual seasons. Licenses are required for both hunting and fishing.
Conecuh Sausage Gift Shop
Conecuh Sausage, one of the South’s most beloved foods, has its own gift shop, which is located right off I-65 Exit 96 behind McDonalds. Find apparel, collectibles, and spices, as well as frozen and ready-to-eat meats that are available.
Ball fields, golf courses, indoor and outdoor walking tracks, swimming pools, tennis courts, parks with playgrounds, camping and canoeing, fishing lakes, a skateboard park, and a splash pad are among the plethora of recreational opportunities available to individuals living in Escambia County.
A movie theatre and bowling complex opened within the last year in Atmore, next to the Wind Creek Hotel and Casino. The hotel and casino is operated by Poarch Band of Creek Indians and offers a cooking studio and spa, among other amenities.
Atmore, Brewton, and Flomaton all boast local festivals. Amateur theatre productions, chambers of commerce banquets, and numerous other activities are all open to the community.
Escambia County is virtually surrounded by an outdoorsman's paradise. Vast forests surround the area, providing wonderful hunting opportunities. Residents who enjoy fishing have plenty of freshwater opportunities within the county, and saltwater opportunities within an hour’s drive along the gulf coast.
Birding is also popular in Monroe County, with all of the woodlands and waterways. With all of that outdoor space, it might be surprising to learn that museums are what steal the show in Monroe County.
Monroe County Lake
A 94-acre, man-made lake, Monroe County Lake, is accessible via an unpaved access road on its east and south sides. On the East and West side of the lake, upland loblolly pine forests border the lake. To the North and South, bottomland hardwood swamps do the job.The size and depth of the lake attract a variety of waterfowl.
Monroe County Museum
At the heart of it all is the Monroe County Museum, which actually runs six different museums in the area.
Old Museum Courthouse
Home of the famous Harper Lee novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Located in Monroeville, the museum features informative exhibits about Lee and her childhood friend Truman Capote. Every year, a reproduction of the play is put on by the Amateur Players group of Monroeville.
Rikard’s Mill Historical Park
Home to a fully-functioning,water-powered grist mill and museum, Rikard’s Mill is featured on the Alabama Register of Historic Sites. Nestled among pine-forested woods along the banks of the picturesque Flat Creek, it has served residents of Monroe County since it was built in 1845. For more information on Rikard’s Mill, click here.
Alabama River Museum
The Alabama River Museum, on the banks of the mighty Alabama River, has fossils exhibits from the famous Claiborne Cliffs of creatures that lived here more than 60 million years ago. Native American artifacts and displays help explain early life in the area. For more information, click here.
Hybart House Museum & Cultural Center Monroeville
The Hybart House is a grand 1920s Mediterranean Spanish villa with columns made of stones from Limestone Creek, and is considered one of the area’s most distinctive homes. Known for its lavish parties that drew dignitaries and politicians from all over the state, today it is available to rent for weddings, receptions and parties.
Old Bethany Baptist Church
The Old Bethany Baptist Church was built in 1874 and sits along the Old Federal Road in Burnt Corn, Alabama, considered to be one of Monroe County’s most picturesque and historic communities. The community’s contents (the old post office, country store, few houses, churches, and even the doctor’s office), all appear frozen in time as they were years ago. They are maintained by the JFB Lowrey Trust.
The Bird's Nest – Museum Store
The Bird’s Nest offers a fantastic selection of books and memorabilia about Harper Lee and Truman Capote, including dozens of customized items available only in Monroeville. In addition, it also sells great local arts and crafts.