About WetumpkaThe Coosa River flows through the middle of Wetumpka, creating opportunities for tourism and outdoor recreation. Nature trails, including the Swayback Ridge Trail, wind through the nearby Appalachian foothills, and Lake Martin—one of the world's largest man-made lakes—and Lake Jordan attract fishing and boating enthusiasts. These attributes help explain why Wetumpka also is known as “The City of Natural Beauty.”
Upriver are remnants of the western rim of the Wetumpka Meteor Impact Crater, unusual rock formations rising out of the water. The 4-mile-wide crater was formed some 83 million years ago when a meteor more than 1,100 feet in diameter crashed into the Earth's surface; today's city sits right on the bull's-eye of what is said to be the greatest natural disaster in Alabama history.
Crossing the Coosa is the Bibb Graves Bridge, built in 1937 and one of only two known bridges south of the Mason-Dixon line that are suspended by reinforced concrete arches. Wetumpka also abounds in antebellum churches, historic homes and landmarks such as the Greek Renaissance-style Elmore County Courthouse. Annual events include the Coosa River Whitewater Festival in early June, Riverfest in mid-August and Christmas on the Coosa in December.
Visitor Centers Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce 110 East Bridge St. Wetumpka, AL 36092. Phone:(334)567-4811
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