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In celebration of the first day of fall, Lake Martin Tourism Association launched the Lake Martin Hiking Challenge on Wednesday, September 22.
As the association continues to seek ways to invite visitors to come year-round and experience all that the Lake Martin area has to offer, it is launching the hiking challenge as a way to have visitors make multiple trips in an effort to complete the challenge. Local residents are encouraged to participate, as well.
It is free to participate, and hikers will have the opportunity to earn a custom patch and certificate once they complete all 10 trails. The trails offer an abundance of scenic views and diversity, taking hikers through trails located at Wind Creek State Park, Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Russell Forest, Alabama Power’s Nature’s Way Preserve, the Alex City Sportplex, and all of the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association Trails.
Hikers will venture through nature in both Tallapoosa and Elmore counties, and many of the trails are also a part of the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail.
All of the trails are very unique, and while some are more challenging than others, hikers are encouraged to stay within their experience and comfort levels. Even if someone just does a portion of a trail, they get to log it.
The Lake Martin area is beautiful in fall and winter, and it offers great hiking opportunities at these times of the year. The association’s goal is to give people a fun way to stay physically active, explore areas they have never seen, enjoy the benefits of being in nature’s tranquility, and have a fun experience that they can participate in with family and friends.
More information can be found at ExploreLakeMartin.com/hiking.