Chambers County, Alabama
Chambers County is full of history and charm. It is made up of several small towns, filled with people who genuinely care about each other. We met locals, asked about favorite places to eat, hike, etc. Every single person stopped what they were doing and took time to tell us their favorite things to do in Chambers County. One of the owners of Resurrect Antiques told some amazing stories about the history of the town. I digress..
My favorite part of any county is the woods and water. Neither of these things were on the initial itinerary, but we always make time for the most important things, right? I didn’t think the development authority would mind a few additions to the schedule.
The outdoorsy stuff: Chambers County has some beautiful waterfront destinations worth seeing. Ben Williams, a Chambers County local and instagram friend, shared some spots with me and they did not disappoint!
Lanett, Al- 32.9363650, -85.2008460 This is a great sunrise spot with plenty of beach area (at least during our winter visit). We were the only ones there for sunrise. The still water looked like glass reflecting the trees and clouds. It’s a beautiful place and I will definitely go back!
Veasey Creek Recreational Area- 32.997753, -85.2310491 This is a beautiful area with plenty of parking, shoreline and a boat launch. The shape of the land is unique in that it’s a peninsula with jagged shoreline all around. It makes a great spot for aerial photos and fishing!
Valley, Al-32.851230, -85.157736 Public boat launch on the Chatahoochee River.
Boat Ramp with dam access- 32.809856, -85.166749 This spot is a public boat launch that sits just below the dam. Beautiful area!! I’m going back with my kayak. Launch your boat and make your way towards the dam. I spotted a small, cool looking beach area just below the dam on the same side of the river as the boat launch. I only saw it on the satelite map, but I’m going back to check this place out. Let me hear from you if you’ve been there.
Other Great Places to Enjoy
Local Flavor: Milano’s is a small Italian Restaurant located in Valley, Al. Their food is incredible and the portion sizes are huge! Also, get the garlic rolls-YUM!
Christmas Merry-Go-Round in Valley has been a tradition for over 60 years. Each Christmas season, the City of Valley assembles the vintage merry-go-round and offers free rides to everyone! This is a fun tradition for locals.
Bonus: There’s an old railroad trail that runs next to the merry-go-round. The Chatahoochee Valley Railroad Trail is 7.5 miles long and runs from the Shawmut Mill Village to the Riverdale Mill Village. You can walk, run or ride your bike!
A seven acre vineyard where they grow American, French Hybrid and Muscadine grapes was planted in 2014. They are in the process of opening their winery and they should be open Spring of 2020! I’m sure I’ll have pictures on instagram when they open. We went for a one night event-Christmas in the vineyard (large hayride with light show and bonfire). It’s a beautiful area and the owners are delightful! Wine sampling is in my future.
Good to know: Many businesses in Chambers County operate on Eastern Standard Time. My phone never changed from Central Time, therefore I was often late or unaware that a business was about to close for the day. Generally speaking, Lafayette north to the Randolph County line operates on Central time. Valley and Lanett to the Lee County line are on EST. Your phone can switch time zones while you are driving near the Georgia state line and it can be quite confusing. There is a way to lock this in your iphone under General Settings→ Date and Time.