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One Tank Trip: Eufaula, Alabama

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EUFAULA, ALA (WTVM) - It's a city a lot of people drive through on their way to the gulf coast, but Eufaula is pushing to be your destination, rather than a pit stop.

More than just a gorgeous lake and fantastic fishing, Eufaula is the site of this week's one tank trip.

There's always something to do in Eufaula, according to Corey Kirkland with the Eufaula/Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, whether its world class fishing...

"Just about every weekend, there's a tournament on Lake Eufaula. Everything from the big boys on the FLW series, down to local bass clubs that are here. There's one here this weekend, just about any weekend, you can find someone fishing for either crappie, catfish, or large mouth bass," Kirkland said.

...or just relaxing by the lake.

An estimated four million people visit Lake Eufaula every year.

And now, a renovated crowning jewel.

The stunning Lakepoint Resort, reopened last August after a multi-million dollar renovation.

"And it's really a treat for people who have even vacationed here before. After a long time of things kind of staying status quo, people that were here in the 70's and 80's are coming back in and really discovering a new Lakepoint," Kirkland said.

But there's more to do in Eufaula than just enjoy the beautiful lake.

Millions of dollars have been spent in renovations to the downtown area, giving something now to those seeking something on dry land.

Like new restaurants and shopping, a facelift to Broad Street and a new bicycle and walking trail.

There are also the historic homes.

Perhaps the most famous, the Shorter mansion, known lately for its stately role in the movie, "Sweet Home Alabama," it is one of a couple homes in Eufaula visitors can tour year round says Eufaula Main Street Executive Director Ann Sparks.

"We have two homes that are on tour all the time that no one lives in, but are handled by a company or the state and people, these are individuals homes," Sparks said.

The other homes that fall within the historic district are available to tour during various events throughout the year.

"We just had our Eufaula Pilgrimage, the 45th pilgrimage, which is the state of Alabama's oldest tour of homes. And we have many, many repeat visitors from that," Sparks said.

Another interesting place to go in Eufaula, if you love history, is the Eufaula Athenaeum.

It boasts one of the largest collections of southern history collected by one person.

It's right near the downtown square in Eufaula.


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