Bennett Farms is a fourth generation farm with activities for the whole family. Open each fall season, their hayride takes you by the pumpkin patch where every pumpkin seed is planted by hand. On-site activities include an animal petting farm featuring a donkey, miniature horses, chickens, unique pheasants, goats, pigs, sheep, and more; a hay bale maze and corn crib; a working sorghum mill; and live entertainment every Saturday in October. The farm also features a country kitchen where everything is prepared over an open fire in wash pots and a wood burning stove!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bennett-Farms/132403443439864 – (256) 463-3344
Escape to the highest point in Alabama located in Cleburne County. The park provides majestic views, modern lodging facilities, cabins, chalets, camping accommodations, hiking, fishing, and swimming. It is also handicap accessible.
www.alapark.com/cheaharesort/ – 800-846-2654
The Chief Ladiga Trail is Alabama’s first extended rails-to-trails project. It wanders through the countryside of Cleburne and Calhoun counties. See beautiful wetlands, streams, forests, farmland, and a mountain-filled horizon. The trail is family-oriented and provides a safe, non-motorized way to travel, exercise, and/or relax.
www.chiefladiga.com – 256-447-3363
If you love the outdoors and are serious about quail hunting and sport shooting, Circle W Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clays is the place to visit. Circle W is located at the foot of beautiful Ross Mountain, along the banks of the Tallapoosa River in Northeastern Alabama.At Circle W, you can:
- Experience the essence of quail hunting in the south
- Walk with or ride in field transportation behind fleet-footed pointers and graceful setters on game rich lands
- Heat up a shotgun and shoot four boxes of shells on a half day hunt
- Laugh and enjoy fellowship with friends, family, and business associates
www.circlewhuntingpreserve.com – 205-966-5665.
Cleburne County Courthouse – Heflin, AL
The Cleburne County Courthouse is a Classical Revival courthouse in Heflin, Alabama. It was built in 1907, after the county seat of Cleburne County was moved from Edwardsville to Heflin in 1905. The wings of the courthouse were expanded in 1938 using funds from the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Cleburne County Mountain Center – Cleburne County
A partnership between Jacksonville State University and Cleburne County, this beautiful visitor center and meeting center hosts hundreds of nature and recreation programs for the general public and people of all ages. Open M-F 8 am – 4 pm and weekends for scheduled programs or events.
http://www.jsu.edu/epic/tm/index.html – 256-463-3838
The newly renovated Coleman Lake Recreation Area is peacefully nestled into the Talladega Mountains. For recreationists who want to get away from the crowds, but want a few modern conveniences, Coleman Lake Recreation Area is your place to be. There are 39 campsites with water and electrical hookups, bathhouses, 29 picnicking units, a 21-acre lake and access to the Pinhoti Trail. Two new comfort stations and seven camping sites are fully accessible for the physically challenged.
Cahulga Creek Watershed located in Heflin, AL sits on 84 acres adjacent to the Talladega National Forest. The Watershed park area features a fishing pier and boat ramp. Fishing is available by permit only which may be purchased at the City of Heflin City Hall, or Heflin Recreation Center. Non-gas powered motors only are allowed in the lake. Cahulga Creek is home to the Lake Point Disc Golf course and Passport to fitness trail. Cahulga Creek Watershed features restrooms and a picnic pavilion.
www.cityofheflin.org – 256-463-2290
The Fruithurst Winery Co. is nestled just north of the town of Fruithurst, AL. Its name comes from one of the original wineries in the state. Surrounded by fifteen acres of muscadine vineyards, now owned and operated by two cousins, it carries the elegance and culture of what was then and will forever be the vineyard village. Drop in and taste some of their award winning wine.
www.thefruithurstwineryco.com – 256-463-1003
Founded in 2004, the Heflin Arts Council is a membership organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Heflin and Cleburne County. The Arts Council holds regular theatrical and music events including Music in May, Murder/Mystery Dinner Theater, a annual spring play, and sponsors the music for the Cleburne County Fair.
Heflin Arts Council Facebook page – 256-463-2290
The Heflin Community Archery Park was developed through a partnership between the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Archery Trade Association and the City of Heflin. The park features adult and youth known distance targets from 15-50 yards and 5-20 yards, respectively. A 12-foot high elevated platform provides bow hunters with an opportunity to simulate hunting conditions at targets from 10-40 yards. There is also a 10-target walk through course for archers to shoot at targets at unknown distances.
http://www.outdooralabama.com/heflin-community-archery-park – 256-463-5434
Located one mile North of I-20 Exit 199 on Highway 9 in Heflin, Alabama High Country Cellars is home to over 44 custom made wines. Their diverse assortment of fruits comes from the regions finest vineyards and orchards and is sure to please!
www.highcountrycellars.com – 256 463-3456
Historic Downtown Heflin, AL is a live action Norman Rockwell painting where businesses are both old, handed down through many generations, and new. Start your tour at the corner of Hwy 9 and and Hwy 78 (Ross St.). At Romiette and Julieo’s you will find handmade items that are unlike anywhere else in the world. Love antiquing? Sarah Matilda’s is your next stop. Shop at the Bell Ringer and tell Clara that the Chamber sent you. Purchase paintings by local artists at The Colonial Cottage, also listed on the National Historic Registry. Eat lunch at the Deli in The Piggly Wiggly or China Panda. Shop The Nifty Nest where you can find the newest Market trends. Stop in and pick out a tune with Mark Truett at Encore Music. And for that thing-a-ma-bob that you can’t find anywhere else, there is KoJacks. Grab a soft serve at The Tasty Dip, est. 1948 for a bit of refresher. And on your way out of town pick up dinner – get your home-grown vegetables at the Cleburne County Farmer’s Market and a smoked Boston Butt at the renowned Smith Farms.
www.cityofheflin.org/ – 256-463-2290
Consistently ranked one of the best haunted houses in the Southeast, Hollis Haunted Chicken House is clearly not for the faint of heart. It was founded to provide extra funds to the Hollis Fire Department. Each year members volunteer their time to raise money for the fire department. Their goal is to build a new fire station with all the funds taken in. Only open in October, the Chicken House has become one of Cleburne County’s most popular attractions. Keep an eye out for the Haunted Chicken House Hearse in your area.
It is true that you can find beauty and relaxation all in one place. When you visit Lake Point Park Disc Golf Course you will experience a get away from the busy hectic world. Lake Point Park Disc Golf Course was established in 2008 in Heflin, Alabama. The course is surrounded by gorgeous woodlands and breathtaking views of the mountains and lake. Lake Point features a permanent course type with 18 holes consisting of 4955 feet to 5955 feet. The landscape of the course features beautiful but moderate hills and wooded areas.
http://toureastalabama.com/attraction/lake-point-disc-golf/ – 256-463-5434
The start of the Lake Point Trail is on Heflin’s eighteen-hole Lake Point Disc Golf Course. The hiking trail is accessed by walking along the scenic Cahulga dam surrounded by the lake on one side and the spillway on the other. The trail meets an incline ascending a mountain that will border the Talladega National Forest for a mile. A bench and sign mark the end of the first mile. This trail is intended to be a hiking trail, not a walking trail. Some walkers may find the trail difficult.
The Loyd Owens Canoe Trail, dedicated on September 10, 1999, meanders along the scenic Tallapoosa River from the Georgia state line in northern Cleburne County to Highway 431 in the southern part of the county. Forty-four miles of the Tallapoosa have been designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as the cleanest river in the Eastern United States. The river teems with fish, including some rare species, ducks, and other wildlife year round as well as a unique tapestry of plant colors and textures.
McIntyre Park – Cleburne County
Located across from the Heflin Recreation Center, McIntyre Park sits along a beautiful stream. The park has several play areas for children along with a pavilion, picnic tables, and grills. There is also a sand volleyball court and horseshoe area for sporting events. McIntyre Park also features restrooms and batting cages as well. Each year the City of Heflin holds their Salute to America 4th of July Celebration in the park with live music and more.
This popular area is adjacent to a mountain stream and offers 21 campsites, cooking grills, sanitary facilities, picnicking, fishing, hiking, and access to the Pinhoti Trail. Pine Glen Recreation Area is a favorite with hunters because it is centrally located in the Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area.
Alabama’s premiere long-distance recreation trail, spanning 110 miles and traversing the ridges and crests of the Talladega Mountains; starts in the southern end of the Talladega National Forest and extends through Calhoun and Cleburne County to the Georgia Line.
Shoal Creek Church is a historic church located in Talladega National Forest just north of Edwardsville. It was built in 1895 and added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 4, 1974.
www.shoalcreekchurch.net – 256-463-7523
Sweetwater Lake is located in the Talladega National Forest area of Cleburne County. The 58 Acre lake is located on the Pinhoti Trail between Coleman Lake and Pine Glen Recreation Area. The lake has a boat ramp and parking for eight vehicles and trailers.
Nestled within the foothills of the southern Appalachians, the Talladega National Forest offers numerous outdoor recreation opportunities. The area features three campgrounds, several mountain lakes, a game management area, the Talladega Scenic Byway, and the Pinhoti Trail system.
As part of the national Scenic Byway System, the 26 mile Talladega Scenic Drive allows you to see the natural treasures from the comfort off your car. The 26-mile drive travels the backbone of Horseblock and Cheaha Mountains. Along the way, there are overlooks and informational points of interest.
Terrapin Creek – Cleburne/Calhoun
Canoe down the beautiful Terrapin Creek and take in the scenery of Alabama like you’ve never seen.
Warden Station Horse Camp – Cleburne County
This camp is convenient for horseback riders and provides an opportunity for hiking and 45 campsites with sanitary facilities and water. Warden Station Horse Camp is open year round.