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Grab a buddy and head to the Twin Pines Dual Slalom at Chewacla State Park. This exciting mountain biking trail where friends can compete in a head-to-head race was built in the summer of 2018 by Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers, or CAMP. This slalom is the only one of its kind in the Southeast, making it a mountain biker's must-see!

The Coolest Place You've Never Biked

by Staff Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

A trip to Chewacla State Park is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Hiking, biking, spending time on the lake, and basking in nature. Get outside and enjoy the sounds of the plentiful songbirds, look for wildlife, picnic and hammock with your family, or explore miles of trails.

Bluegrass on the Plains 2017

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Memorial Day may have come and gone, but he Bluegrass on the Plains is still pickin’ through Sunday, June 4th. Bluegrass on the Plains is a festival hosted by Mathan and Jill Holt at the University Station RV Resort located in Auburn, AL.
The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center has begun extensive renovations to give guests a re-imagined experience during meetings and events at the Hotel’s Dixon Conference Center. The Hotel is adding capacity to the main ballroom, as well as functionality that allows both ballrooms to connect. New technology additions, which include electronic displays outside each meeting room, are being added to keep guests informed on pertinent information related to their event and the hotel.
Christmas is a special time of the year for any small town and the Auburn-Opelika area celebrates BIG! We have Christmas in a Railroad Town, Christmas Parades, Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour, Santa and more!

Fall Events in Auburn-Opelika

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Fall is a special time of the year for the Auburn-Opelika community. Although the weather is still warm, schools are back in session and football season is just a few weeks away. For this small town, that means Fall.
From concerts and street fairs to football and feathers – eagle feathers, that is – fall is the time for special events in the Auburn-Opelika area. Check out our full calendar of events online and contact the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau to plan your visit today.
Auburn-Opelika’s answer to fun & unique casual dining! Niffer's has been an Auburn staple and community favorite since 1991. Fun, casual dining with an extensive menu of great food at great prices and terrific daily specials. Full bar and patio dining available.
Since 1993 the Warehouse Bistro has provided the Auburn-Opelika area a culinary escape from the ordinary. Owner- Chef Joe Hippely painstakingly prepares and embellishes each dish using only the freshest quality ingredients. The diverse menu is complemented by nightly Chef Specials, an award-winning wine list, and a full bar.
Alabama's home of bacon and bourbon. The Hound is a family owned restaurant and bar featuring over-the-top American classics, top shelf bourbon, and 28 craft beers on tap. Our atmosphere was designed to be warm and welcoming- think hunting lodge, antler-pronged barn setting with the hustle and bustle of old time Alabama. We source locally and regionally and harvest from the Hound family farm Lafayette, AL when possible.
An Auburn-Opelika tradition since 1952, the secret recipe for Mrs. Story’s famous homemade chili dogs reminds us that, thankfully, some things never change. Still in its original location on Pepperell Parkway, the owners of this 50s style walkup are the third generation of the Story family to serve the freshest “fast” food in the area. Open Mon-Wed 10am-9pm and Thurs-Sat 10am-10pm.
"World famous lemonade." An original, soda fountain-style diner and drugstore, Toomer’s has been an Auburn tradition for over a century! Located in the heart of downtown Auburn where the city and campus come together, you’ll find delicious sandwiches, soda fountain specialties, and snacks along with a full line of Auburn souvenirs. Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12pm- 5pm.
Hamilton's is an intimate and casual atmosphere located in historic downtown Auburn one block from Toomer's Corner. We serve appetizers, salads and sandwiches all day. Our menu of diverse contemporary American selections includes beef, pork, fish and chicken of the finest quality. Our chef's entrees are prepared daily and creatively presented. Come and mingle at our friendly and inviting bar.
An American Seafood brasserie located at the Historic Auburn Train Depot. Featuring gulf-coastal cuisine, the Depot serves Alabama's freshest seafood and southern inspired dishes in a modern industrial Victorian-inspired space. Where the hook meets the line.
Amsterdam Café welcomes the opportunity to share our family’s interpretation of the “Auburn Experience” with yours. We are proud of our role in re-establishing the fresh “from farm to table” principle that we deem vital in our community. Our restaurant highlights the bounty of artisanal and house-made ingredients, exceptionally fresh seafood, and the exquisite offerings of local farm fresh produce.
CAMP - Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers was founded in 2012 by a group of mountain bikers in the Auburn area who recognized the need for more trails and increased awareness for the sport in Central Alabama. In September 2012, CAMP, already a 501 (c)3 nonprofit, became an official IMBA-SORBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association & Southern Off-Road
Tranquil park facilities include a 26-acre lake, rental boats, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, a modern campground and more! Chewacla’s 696 scenic acres are a delightful pause from nearby interstate traffic. Also available are picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters. You’re bound to fall in love with their rustic family cabins.
Tranquil park facilities include a 26-acre lake, rental boats, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, a modern campground and more! Chewacla’s 696 scenic acres are a delightful pause from nearby interstate traffic. Also available are picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters. You’re bound to fall in love with their rustic family cabins. Chewacla State Park is a great place to get away.
Located in the historic Haynie’s Drugstore building in Downtown Opelika, Cafe 123 Owner John Robert Wood has created a classic fine dining experience in a casual atmosphere. Featuring Southern cuisine with French influence, Chef Eron Bass has prepared a menu rich with hand-cut meats, fresh seafood, and the highest quality ingredients, all prepared to order. Chef Specials and fresh cheesecakes offered.
At Zazu, people can expect a “fine dining” type of food in a relaxed public atmosphere. “We do a lot of different comfort foods from around the United States and a couple of different ones from around the world,” he said. “We make everything from scratch that we can, and we try to use as much local produce as possible.” Zazu has teamed up with Opelika Grows, Alabama Seafood Co., and Oakview Farms
Acre highlights new Alabama cuisine inspired by our Southern heritage. The kitchen sources from on-site gardens and orchards, local farms, and the bounty provided by the Blackbelt Region, reinterpreting the rich heritage of Alabama cuisine.