Our mild climate means there is something to do all year. You will absolutely love lake life at Lake Eufaula which includes swimming, fishing, skiing, boating, or just relaxing in front of a gorgeous sunset. Plus community activities, festivals and events abound in Henry County. If you love music, you’ll definitely want to attend Under the Oaks in downtown Headland, and Huggin’ Molly’s 50’s style diner in historic downtown Abbeville is amazing.
Below are more attractions and activities that you will not want to miss.
No Such Thing as too much Fun!
If there is anything true about Henry County, it’s that we know how to have fun. From shot guns and sporting clays to off roading and four wheeling, there is definelty no such thing as too much fun. Top it off with some horseback riding and handmade Alabama whisky and that sounds like a great weekend!
Ravenwood Sporting Clays
Outdoor sportsmen can enjoy some friendly shooting competition in a safe, real-world environment at this 43-acre woodland course. Each shooting station uses the natural landscape to present shooters with a unique sporting clay challenge designed for both beginners and seasoned professionals. A beautiful clubhouse offers a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere to enjoy with friends and family before or after your round on the shooting course.
Keel & Company Distilling
Keel & Co. Distilling produces “easy drinking” rye and bourbon whiskey, gin, vodka, rum and a variety of flavored moonshines. George Keel Whiskey is single barrel whiskey, mellowed by charcoal then aged in oak barrels until it reaches that perfect Southern Whiskey taste. Keel & Company Distilling features a tasting room, tours, indoor and outdoor venue, live music and weekend food trucks.
Mount Creek Adventure Park
Take an off-road adventure at this outdoor recreation park. This family-owned park offers a diverse range of recreation activities including about 25 miles of trails, swimming areas and ponds. Shed the stress and worry of everyday life and enjoy an adventure in the mud or high and dry. Rustic cabins and RV campsites are also available.
Pull on your jeans and boots, and grab your chaps because we’re going horseback riding at Tumbleweed Ranch and Southern Cross Ranch. These equestrian venues offer activities for both experience and novice horse lovers. Supple leather saddles, sun drenched hay, and the soothing sound of horse’s hooves free your spirit. Trail rides, horse shows and competitions, horse training, and horse boarding are available.
Beautiful Walter F. George Reservoir (Lake Eufaula) offers something for just about everyone including fishing, boating, water skiing, and swimming. Hardridge Creek Park Campground, Highland Park (boat landing and day use area), and Thomas Mill Creek Boat Landing provide access to the lake and Abbie Creek Park is located on the Chattahoochee River just south of the lake.
Lake Eufaula is called the “Bass Fishing Capital of the World.” If you like fishing for big bass, this is your lake. Upstream there are numerous feeder creeks and major tributaries feeding this lake in addition to the Chattahoochee River itself. You’ll also find great bream and crappie fishing around the docks, flats and tree lined banks of this beautiful lake.
Anglers between the ages of 16 and 65 are required to possess either a current Alabama State fishing license or a Georgia state fishing license.
For guided fishing tours reach out to Eufaula Lake Guides. eufaulalakeguides.com
Highland Park is located on the southwest shore, just north of the dam. There is a 1-lane concrete boat ramp, courtesy dock and paved parking area available. Highland Park is a day use park with lots of amenities including picnic shelters, playground, handicap access, grills and tables, swim area, fishing dock, and hiking trail. The site is barrier free. A user fee may apply.
Directions: From Hwy 97, take the signed road east to access.
H&G’s, located on White Oak Creek, features indoor and outdoor lakeside dining. H&G’s serves some of the best southern food around, including steak, catfish, pork chops and more. Baker’s Landing and H&G’s Store offer lakeside gas, fishing supplies and short order food.
Alabama Birding Trails
The Walter F. George Lock and Dam offers a great selection of southeast Alabama birding habitats at several different locations. There is the Lock and Dam complex, with deep water for winter birds and a sod farm next door for shorebirds. Then there are four additional recreation areas, all open woods with water frontage, for woodland songbirds and a few waders. Add in the farm and field habitat along the drive from Eufaula and this adds up to over 25 miles of interesting and diverse birding through 3+ seasons.
Lake Eufaula is a hot spot for camping and RVing. When it’s warm you’ll always see people in tents and RVs around the lake camping, fishing, having fun on the water, and grilling. Backyard RV Resort, located near White Oak Creek, has full RV hook-up sites and camper rentals.
The Hardridge Creek Campground has 77 sites total, 57 sites with electric and water hookups, and 20 sites with water electrical and sewage hookups. Additional amenities include a dump station, laundry facilities, 2 bathhouses with showers, a boat ramp, and a pay phone.
With over 45,000 acres of space, Lake Eufaula has plenty of room for water sports of all kinds. Bring you boat, jet ski, or anything else that will float and enjoy your time on the water with your family and friends.
Waterskiing, wake boarding, or wake surfing are some of the high energy activities you will love. If you prefer a more relaxed pace, you will definitely want to try paddle boarding or kayaking.
Abbeville is rich in history, and was briefly the home of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. Born in Tuskegee, her family lived in Abbeville for a several years before moving to Montgomery. Abbeville has so much to offer. From the sweet, retro downtown to the lush nature surrounding it, you’re in for a treat when you visit the City of Dogwoods.
You’ll almost wonder if you’ve stepped through a time machine when you visit this special place in the heart of downtown Abbeville. Huggin’ Molly’s® Restaurant hearkens back to those days when life seemed simpler. Enjoy sweet treats from an authentic soda fountain or a trip down memory lane thanks to an incredible collection of antiques. The atmosphere buzzes with helpful servers and happy customers, plus delightful favorites from 1950s music. Folks from all over can’t get enough of the tantalizing aroma of delicious meals, served up with a slice of history and a heapin’ helping of down-home Southern hospitality.
The Atta is a high-tech facility that engages visitors through storytelling and hands-on experiences. As the only STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and history library in our region, The Atta will supplement existing educational systems with inspirational entertainment. It will be a place for visitors of all ages to be introduced to the latest technologies, engage with hands-on STEM exhibits, watch videos and attend classes in an interactive theater.
Come see and hear inspiring stories of regional citizens via touchscreen panels and navigate through our past on touchscreen timelines. A large database of area history has been donated by historian T. Larry Smith and others will be available for individual and group research.
Historic Downtown Abbeville
Vintage neon signs for Ford Motor Co., Rexall Drugs and Buster Brown Shoes, among others, placed around the downtown area give it a quaint, attractive feel. It makes it look like a 1950s movie – and photos don’t begin to do it justice. It looks nostalgic, and cool, and definitely unlike any other downtown you may have seen.
SE Alabama Mud Track
The Southeast Alabama Mud Track is not your typical racetrack. Good clean fun might not be the right word for it, but you will definitely have a blast. The Southeast Alabama Mud Track hosts “mud slanging” events throughout the year. You can watch beefed up 4x4s get dirty while their drivers run the muddy gauntlet competing for trophys and bragging rights.
The Headland community is one of the finest southern towns you will find. With magestic oak trees, beautiful rolling farmland, and festive community, no wonder it’s called the “Gem of the Wiregrass.” From outdoor music and movies, to farmers markets, and cane syrup, you’ll find lots to love in Headland.
The Square is a beautifully landscaped park in the center of downtown Headland that features park benches shaded by large oak trees and a large gazebo. It is the venue for the city’s many events and festivals including Under the Oaks free outdoor concert series, Harvest Day Festival, car shows and more.
Todd Syrup Farm
Driving through Headland on Hwy 431 you are sure to notice Todd Farms’s big red barn, “World’s Largest Syrup Bottle,” or Alabama Barn Quilt. For seven generations this family-owned business has been growing sugar cane that they grind, cook and make into delicious table syrup. The general store, café and farmer’s market are favorites of locals and tourists alike. Todd Farms RV Park is also located on the property.
Corn Dodgers Farm
Are you ready for some down-home family fun on the farm? Activities include a corn maze, giant jumping pillow, pony rides, cow train, wagon rides, corn crib and more farm-tastic fun. CornDodgers Farm has its Fall Fun weekends in October each year. Reservations can be made year-round for field trips, birthday parties and private events.
Headland Country Club
Headland Country Club is a semi-private club featuring a well-maintained golf course, pool and club house. The golf course is open to the public. The course slope is 126 and the course rating is 69.1. Men’s yardage is 5,976 and women’s yardage is 5,192. While the course is short compared to more modern courses, it is a challenging layout which will test any level golfer.
Headland Named Safest City in Alabama
The Southwest Journal recently compared cities in Alabama and curated a list of the top 10 safest places to live. Headland, AL was at the top of the list of safest cities in Alabama!
Under the Oaks
Enjoy these free outdoor concerts under a canopy of oak trees on The Square in downtown Headland. The events feature live music, food vendors, car shows, shopping and more every third Friday from April through August.
The first Saturday in May each year Abbeville celebrates the beginning of spring and the blooming of the dogwoods with Yatta Abba, a festival filled with entertainment, garden items, art, crafts, children’s activities, a car show and lots of food vendors. Yatta Abba is the Creek Indian expression for “Grove of Dogwoods” and where Abbeville derived its name.
Harvest Day Festival
This two-day festival takes place downtown in and around Headland’s beautiful city square. The event is a tribute to local farmers and the harvest season. Saturday’s activities include a 5K run, a car show, children’s games and rides, arts and crafts, food vendors and live entertainment throughout the day. On Friday night before Harvest Day, downtown Headland warms up with a live band and street dance. Harvest Day is the second Saturday of October.
Headland, Abbeville and Newville each welcome the yuletide season with downtown Christmas parades featuring floats, bands, beauty queens, local dignitaries and more.
Have some fun on the farm this Fall at CornDodgers Farm. During the month of October you’ll find dozens of activities including a corn maze, giant jumping pillow, pony rides, cow train, wagon rides, corn crib and more farm-tastic fun.
Even More Events
Downtown Abbeville hosts a Howl O Ween trunk or treat event and a Scarecrow contest around Court Square during October while the Headland Square attracts hundreds of trick or treaters to downtown with its Halloween Scream each year. And the fun continues throughout the year with July 4th Fireworks, Farmers Markets, Sundown Cinema, Relay for Life and many more community events.
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