Auburn-Opelika is the coolest college town in the South, according to us, and one of the top cities in America to live, according to CNN. Easy to get to and easy to love, it’s a perfect choice for a weekend getaway in the great outdoors. Load up the family bikes and check out Chewacla State Park. With over 30 miles of versatile track, Chewacla offers world-class trail systems designed for both mountain biking beginners and seasoned pros. Located in the last foothills of the one-billion-year-old chain of Appalachian mountains, the network’s lower system is where you’ll find some of the park’s earliest trails, with a decidedly rough and rugged feel geared towards the cross country crowd. The upper system features a variety of flow and gravity offerings, utilizing every inch of the park’s 200 vertical feet of relief. It features a jump line with over 25 jumps and features, including a 20’X8′ stepdown, numerous 20’+ doubles and tables, one of the best hips you’ll find anywhere on the east coast, and a 35′ road gap. That doesn’t include the scores of other features found throughout the upper system, which utilizes quite a bit of lumber, as well as the final, rocky whispers of Appalachia before the region’s transition towards a sandy coastal plain takes over. And don’t miss the Great Wall of Chewacla and the Loch Ness Cobra nestled among the miles of well-groomed flow trails.
We offer a suitable option for every age and skill level – you can even test out one of our pedal-less “strider” bikes for the little ones! Rentals are available for mountain biking as well as street riding.
Opportunities for indulgent dining abound and you’ll find plenty of specialty retailers as well as a variety of activities and diversions. Both Auburn and Opelika feature historic downtown shopping districts full of eclectic boutiques offering assorted clothing, arts, and gifts you won’t find anywhere else, and we now house our very own brewery and a local distillery featuring vodka, gin, rum, and liqueurs in a renovated historic space in downtown Opelika. Enjoy a tour before you indulge or wander up the block to the sophisticated and intimate 8th and Rail where you can enjoy your cocktail with a soundtrack of live music. Try your hand at one of our affordable and highly touted golf courses, or plan your visit around one of the many fun and frequent outdoor events and festivals. So whether you prefer your adventures on two wheels or on your plate, the Auburn-Opelika area has something just right for you.