Local Area Attractions
Clanton is located halfway betweeen Birmingham and Montgomery. Use our campground (located at I-65's Exit 208) as a base to explore the many activities available in the area or take a day trip to Birmingham or Montgomery for even more!
Heaton Pecan Farm
The Heaton Pecan Farm is located at 309 Sunrise Boulevard, just across the road from our campground! Their store and restaurant feature homemade pies, candies, ice cream and baked goods. Don't miss their yummy pecan pie.
Heaton's can be reached at 800-446-3531. Their hours are Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Friday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Visit them on the web at http://www.heaton.com.
Durbin Farms Retail Market
Durbin Farms remains a small farming business that is thriving - even in our changing times. Much of this success is due to the principles originally set by the Durbins: grow the best quality fruit possible and make sure the customer's needs come first. At the retail market, you will find a wide selection of fruits and vegetables - including Chilton County peaches when in season - and a popular restaurant with fresh deli sandwiches, homemade ice cream and other desserts.
Durbin Farms' Retail Market is located at 2130 7th Street South in Clanton. From the campground, take I-65 South to Exit 205 and turn right. Hours are 9:00 am - 7:00 pm 7 days a week. Call 205-755-1672 or visit http://www.durbinfarms.com for more information.
Big Peach Tower
Located on I-65 between Birmingham and Montgomery (at Exit 212) is an impressively large water tower resembling a peach. Constructed in 1992, Clanton's Big Peach is 120 feet tall and holds 500,000 gallons of water! It was built to celebrate the importance of peaches to the area's economy. There is a peach-themed (of course!) restaurant nearby and fresh peaches, when in season, are not to be missed!
Since 1985, Peach Park has become a favorite stop to visitors of Chilton County. What started as a simple road-side fruit stand has become a place visited by thousands of people each year. In addition to fruits and vegetables, tasty local foods made from famous Chilton County Peaches are available for sale.
Peach Park is located at 2300 7th Street South in Clanton. From the campground, take I-65 South to Exit 205 and turn left onto US 31 South. Peach Park is just down the road on the left side. For more information, contact them at 205-755-2065.
Bass Pro Shop
Bass Pro Shops is not just another retail outdoor store! Whether you're looking for the best in outdoor gear, ready to learn how to maximize your time and fun with nature, or simply want to satisfy your desire for great food, Bass Pro Shops invites you to visit them to start your adventure. This is a great day trip destination!
The store is conveniently located at I-65's Exit 179 in Prattville. The store is open Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 10:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. For more information, call the store at 334-290-6400 or visit http://www.basspro.com.
Fred the Town Dog
Fred the Town Dog was the beloved mascot of Rockford, a small town east of Clanton. Fred was a stray that first wandered into the area in 1993 and was nursed back to health by the community who adopted him. Almost 10 years later, Fred died on December 23, 2002 in a Birmingham animal hospital from a mysterious animal bite. A full-sized grave marker, donated by a Montgomery businessman in May 2003, was added to Fred's gravesite behind the Old Rock Jail.
Hank Williams Museum
Hank Williams was country music's first mega star. He wrote and performed songs such as "Your Cheatin' Heart," drank too much whiskey and had family problems. He died in the back seat of his Cadillac while being driven to a gig in 1953, at the age of 29. The Death Car is the centerpiece of the Hank Williams Museum located at 118 Commerce Street in his home town of Montgomery. It contains memorabilia, records, newspaper clippings, and a bust of Rufus "Tee Tot" Payne, the black man who taught Williams to play the guitar.
Contact the museum at 334-262-3600 for more information or visit it online at http://thehankwilliamsmuseum.net. Regular hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Confederate Memorial Park
Confederate Memorial Park is located in Mountain Creek, Alabama, a short 10 mile drive from the campground. It is a moving tribute to the men and boys who took up arms in defense of their home state during the Civil War. Confederate Memorial Park is located on the site of Alabama's Old Soldier's Home for Confederate Veterans. The 102-acre park includes a museum containing artifacts, uniforms, weapons and equipment; research facility; historic structures; ruins and two cemeteries containing over 300 Confederate soldiers.
To get to Confederate Memorial Park from the campground, take I-65 South to Exit 205 onto U.S. 31 South (turn left at the end of the exit ramp). Take U.S. 31 to Mountain Creek and follow the signs. The park is open daily from 6:00 am until dusk. The museum is open daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Contact Confederate Memorial Park at 205-755-1990 or visit their website at http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/confederatepark.html for more information.
Fishing at Lake Mitchell
Our campground is located just 9.5 miles from beautiful Lake Mitchell where you can fish for Bass, Bluegill, Crappie and more!
Old Alabama Town
History lives at Old Alabama Town! Six blocks of authentically restored 19th and 20th century structures await your step back in time to days of one-room schoolhouses, grist mills and cotton gins. From lavish antebellum mansions to humble log cabins and slave quarters, you will discover how early Americans of all backgrounds lived and worked in central Alabama.
Old Alabama Town is located at 301 Columbus Street in downtown Montgomery. It is open Monday - Saturday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. They are closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days. Contact Old Alabama Town at 334-240-4500 or visit http://www.oldalabamatown.com for more information.
Rosa Parks Library and Museum
The Rosa Parks Library and Museum is a tribute to the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement." Rosa Parks was the African-American woman who, in 1955, sparked the civil rights movement by refusing to give her bus seat to a white man. The museum helps visitors relive this tumultuous era with a video, artifacts, historical documents, a life-size statue of Ms. Parks and a replica of the bus in which she sat that day.
The Rosa Parks Library and Museum is located at 252 & 220 Montgomery Street in downtown Montgomery. Call 334-241-8661 for more information.
Montgomery Museum of Fine arts
The mission of the Montgomery Museum Fine Arts (MMFA) is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret art of the highest quality for the enrichment, enlightenment and enjoyment of its public.
Located at 1 Museum Drive, the MMFA is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Thursday from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm; and Sunday from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm. The galleries are closed on Mondays. Contact the museum at 334-240-4333 or visit http://www.mmfa.org for more information.
Alabama State Capital & Jefferson Davis Statue
The Alabama State Capitol, located at 600 Dexter Street in downtown Montgomery, was a focal point during both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. A statue of Jefferson Davis, the former President of the Confederacy, looks down Dexter Avenue from the front lawn of the capitol building.
The building is open to the public Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall
The Enlisted Heritage Research Institute is dedicated to preserving the rich and dramatic heritage and tradition of the enlisted corps of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Aeronautical Division, Air Service, Air Corps and Air Forces in the development of air power to defend the United States. The Institute achieves this by featuring artifacts, collections, and pictorial exhibits, written and oral documentation, audiovisuals, equipment, and selected aircraft parts. Dedicated to the story of contributions by enlisted individuals to military aviation in America, the hall takes the visitor form ballooning during the Civil War to the present-day U.S. Air Force. Notable exhibits focus on the world's first black fighter pilot and a Vietnam POW cell, including prisoner artifacts.
The Enlisted Heritage Research Institute is located at the Maxwell Air Force Base Gunter Annex in Montgomery. Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm. Contact the curator at 334-416-6150 or visit http://afehri.maxwell.af.mil for more information.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) has been in its current location since 1985. It is a fully professional regional theatre that produces about ten productions each season in association with the Actors' Equity Association, The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the United Scenic Artists union. Productions of Shakespeare are the artistic core of the company, with broadway musicals, children's productions, American classics and world premieres rounding out the annual offerings.
The ASF is located at One Festival Drive in Montgomery, AL. The Box Office is open Monday - Saturday, 12:00 pm -5:00 pm. On Performance Sundays, it is open from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. For more information, visit http://www.asf.net or call the Box Office at 800-841-4273.
Alabama Department of Archives and History
Founded in 1901, the Alabama Department of Archives and History is the first and oldest state-funded archival agency in the nation. The museum includes artifacts from Native American culture and from the days before statehood through the Vietnam War, the Tattered Banners gallery, and more.
The Department of Archives and History is located at 624 Washington Avenue in Montgomery. The Archives Building is open Monday - Saturday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, except on State holidays. Visit http://www.archives.state.al.us or call 334-242-4435 for more information.
Founded in 1995, the American Village serves the Nation as an educational institution whose mission is to strengthen and renew the foundations of American liberty and self-government by engaging and inspiring citizens, leaders and stewards. Bring your imagination and sense of adventure, and be prepared for a revolutionary experience!
American Village is located at 3727 Highway 119 in Montevallo. Call 205-665-3535 or visit http://avct.convio.net for more information.
Ozan Vineyard & Cellars
In 2005, the Patrick family became the second Shelby County winery operation when Ozan Vineyard & Cellars opened. Ozan's is a working vineyard with a winemaking cellar and public tasting room.
Ozan's is located at 173 County Road 301 in Calera. Tasting Hours are Thursday - Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Call 205-668-6926 or visit http://www.ozanwine.com for more information.
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is the official railroad museum of the State of Alabama. It is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of historically significant railway equipment. The museum features operating standard gauge and narrow gauge trains, two restored depots, an indoor collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia and an outdoor collection of railroad cars, locomotives and cabooses. The exhibits, operating railroads, and educational programs function as both a unique means of tourism and recreation, and also a way to preserve the rich history of Alabama and our nation.
The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is located at 1919 9th Street in Calera. The Administration Office is open Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm from mid-March to mid-December each year. Call 205-668-3435 or visit http://www.hodrrm.org for more information.
W C Rice Cross Garden
Located a short drive down the road in Prattville, AL, the W C Rice Cross Garden features thousands of crosses, some as tall as 20 feet, on both sides of the road. It is a sight to see and surely behold!
Visit http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2019 for more information.