MONTGOMERY, Ala., July 10, 2018 – Central Alabama offers a wealth of natural resources and beautiful scenery making it the perfect location to enjoy the great outdoors, and Montgomery is an ideal home base for those looking to experience an active vacation. Known for its Southern hospitality and its revitalized downtown, this riverfront capital city was the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement and has established itself as a landmark Deep South destination with much to offer in the field of arts and culture. With everything from mountain biking trails and whitewater kayaking to first rate golf courses, Montgomery features all visitors need for an active vacation.
“We know that many guests come to Montgomery to experience our Civil Rights attractions, but with a wealth of outdoor activities in close proximity we hope visitors will plan to spend some of their vacation taking full advantage,” shares Vice President of Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Dawn Hathcock. “With warm weather, many outdoor activities are available year-round.”
Below is an overview of outdoor activities in close proximity to Montgomery:
- Coosa River Adventures – located just north of Montgomery in Wetumpka, Coosa River Adventures is Alabama’s whitewater canoe and kayak outfitter, offering rentals and sales of new or used Canoe, Sit-on-top kayak, Sit Inside Kayak or Stand up Paddleboard. Rentals include boat, paddle(s), transportation to the launch site, and life jackets (PFD’s). Trips average 3 to 4 hours and scheduling is a must. The numerous class II rapids (wide open clear channels easily paddled by novices) make the Coosa River a great first time whitewater experience. http://www.coosariveradventures.com/
- Swayback Bridge Trail , located 30 minutes north of Montgomery in Wetumpka, Swayback features a 4.6 mile loop trail suited for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Directional arrows and mile markers make the trail easy to navifate. For more information, go to https://alabama.travel/places-to-go/swayback-bridge-trail
- Lagoon Park, located to the northeast of downtown Montgomery, Lagoon Park provides ballfields, a golf course and also the Lagoon Park Trail. This trail offers five miles of biking, hiking and running terrain from sunrise to sunset. For more information, go to http://www.funinmontgomery.com/parks-items/lagoon-park-trail
- Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, offering some of the most affordable public golf courses in the country, Montgomery is within an hour’s drive of three Robert Trent Jones designed golf courses. Ranked highly by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, these courses are accessible year-round due to Montgomery’s warm climate. For more information, go to http://www.rtjgolf.com/capitolhill/
- Jackson Lake Island, located just 15 minutes from downtown Montgomery this relaxing paradise has a public boat launch, sites for RV hook ups, primitive camping and access to fishing. It is also the site of the fictional town of Spectre, where the movie Big Fish was filmed. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/pg/JacksonLakeIsland
- Alabama Black Belt Adventures, a non-profit organization committed to promoting outdoor recreation across Central Alabama, provides resources for visitors interested in hunting and fishing. The area around Montgomery is ripe with opportunity for sportsmen and this organization provides information on seasons, licensing requirements, and where to hunt and fish. For more information, go to http://alabamablackbeltadventures.org/
- Paddleboard Rental, with rentals available on the Alabama River from the docks of Riverfront Park in downtown Montgomery, Lighting Line allows guests to take full advantage of visiting a riverfront city. Offering a unique vantage point of downtown, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) excursions are for every skill level. For more info, go tohttp://www.lightninglinemgm.com/paddle-board-rentals-1/
For more information on Montgomery, go to http://visitingmontgomery.com/
Situated on the banks of the Alabama River, Montgomery is the capital and the second largest city in the state of Alabama. Established in 1819, Montgomery has been the site of major historic events which have shaped the history of the United States. Emerging from its agricultural roots in the 19th century, Montgomery transformed from the Cradle of the Confederacy to the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement in less than a century. Today, this vibrant river town is experiencing a resurgence which has seen its downtown revitalized and has reestablished itself as a landmark Deep South destination. Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) offers non-stop flights on Delta Airlines and American Airlines. For more information, call 334-261-1100 or visit the official website of the Montgomery Convention and Visitor Bureau at http://www.visitingmontgomery.com. Stay connected with Montgomery on Twitter (@MGMCapitalCool) and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryCapitalCool).