TAKE IT OUTDOORS
This region abounds with outdoor beauty, with loads of opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, birding, swimming, canoeing, hunting and watersports. These include the Sherling Lake Campground and Park in Butler County, The Oaks – Family RV Park and Campground in Andalusia, Gantt Lake, Lake Jackson at Florala City Park, Frank Jackson State Park near Opp, Crenshaw County Public Fishing Lake and the Sepulga River, home of a canoe and kayaking trail. The Conecuh National Forest in Covington County is a nature lover’s paradise and an Alabama Birding Trail site. Prairie Creek in Lowndes County is a well-known outdoor recreation destination in Lowndesboro.
REV IT UP
Boggs & Boulders Off Road Adventure Park and Campground in Andalusia offers a variety of terrain for ATV enthusiasts.
HIT A HOLE IN ONE
Greenville is home to Cambrian Ridge Golf Course, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
WALK THROUGH HISTORY
The 1965 Voting Rights march crossed Lowndes County on its 54-mile route from Selma to Montgomery. Now a National Historic Trail lets you walk in the footsteps of the march. The Lowndes Interpretative Center in White Hall, established in 2006, commemorates the historic events.
The cities of Greenville, Andalusia and Opp have historic railroad depots that have been restored and open for tours and events.
Historic theaters that have been restored for use today — the Georgiana Opry House, the Ritz Theatre in Greenville and the Clark Theater in Andalusia.
Each county boasts historic homes and churches. The Camellia Driving Trail takes you through the lovely historic districts with many homes, churches and other structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. And downtown Andalusia offers an Art and History Walking Tour to view historic pieces of art that help tell of the rich history of this area.
The Andalusia Ballet, located in the historic Church Street Cultural Arts Center, offers both instruction and performances.
Festivities and Events:
Alabama Medieval Fantasy Festival — Greenville | March Visit the Kingdom of Dragon Croft with mirth, magic, history and adventure
Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo — Opp | March They’ve been rounding up rattlers here for more than 60 years. Now there’s live music, car races and more.
Glenwood Festival at the Well — Crenshaw County | May Live entertainment, a street dance and more to support a scholarship program.
Rodeo — Crenshaw County | May Sponsored by the Crenshaw County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments, the annual rodeo benefits 12 fire departments around the county.
Hank Williams Sr. Festival — Georgiana | June Williams’ boyhood hometown celebrates the local celebrity each June; the home and museum are open year-round.
Annual World Championship Domino Tournament — Andalusia | July The world’s top domino players show up to compete for prizes alongside local adults and children.
Camellia City Festival — Greenville | September The Camellia City honors the state flower.
World’s Largest Peanut Boil — Luverne | September Peanuts have been the star of this show for more than 50 years.
Greenville 200th Birthday ParTY — Greenville | October The city of Greenville will celebrate 200 years this year at a party in October.
Opp Fest — Opp | October A farmer’s market, car show and more.
Little Big Horn — Opp | October Marching bands large and small compete for honors at this festival sponsored by the Opp High School Marching Black and Gold Band.
Georgiana Fair — Georgiana | November Concerts, rides and more.
This article appeared in the April 2022 issue of Business Alabama.