Horseshoe Bend NMP
Daviston, AL
The park is located in east central Alabama, on State Highway 49, 12 miles north of the town of Dadeville, between the towns of Dadeville and New Site. Signs along U.S. highway 280 and state road 22 direct motorist to the park., Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., (205) 234-7111   See Detailed Notes Below.
Little River Canyon NPRES
Fort Payne, AL
No federal facilities within the Preserve., (205) 845-9605 LittleRiverCanyonAL.gif (6446 bytes) This stamp is located at Russell Cave.
Natchez Trace Parkway
Colbert Ferry, AL
Need further information, 1-800-305-7417, 601-680-4025    
Russell Cave NM
Bridgeport, AL
Russell Cave is located 7 miles north of Bridgeport, AL. Take County Road 75 north from Bridgeport for approx. 4 miles, turn right on County Road 98, entrance is approx. 3 miles on your left., Daily, 8a.m. to 5 p.m., (205) 495-2672 RussellCaveAL.gif (7058 bytes) You can also find the Little River Canyon stamp here, but you need to specifically ask :)
Tuskegee Institute NHS
Tuskegee Institute, AL
Tuskegee Institute is located along Old Montgomery Rd. approximately 1.5 miles northwest of downtown Tuskegee, 35 miles east of Montgomery Al., and Twenty miles west of Auburn Al., Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., (334)727-6390   Located on the Campus of Tuskegee U.


Horseshoe Bend Notes
Contributed by Greg C. Roberts...

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is located on AL 49, approximately eleven miles north of Dadeville, AL (intersection of AL 49 and US 280) and five miles south of New Site, AL (intersection of AL 49 and AL 22). The park is open 8 am until 5 pm, seven days a week.

The location got its name from the huge bow in the Tallapoosa river, which flows through the middle of the park, and there are several good fishing holes in the park. This was the site of the last stand of the Creek (and other) Indians, who were crushed by forces led by Andrew Jackson.


For the rider looking to get in and out quickly, take US 280 from I-85 at Auburn/Opelika. Beware of speed traps in Camp Hill and Dadeville. For the more leisurely rider AL 49 has some very nice curves most of its length. Coming from the Montgomery area with time on your hands, take US231 to Wetumpka, then AL 170 to AL 63N and turn right on AL 229 just before reaching Lake Martin. Just a few miles down the road, bear left (straight) onto AL 50 and cross the Tallapoosa river just below Martin Dam. A side trip to check out the dam will usually let you get a drink of cool water, use the restrooms and take a short break. Continue on AL 50 until the intersection with AL 49. Follow AL 49 through Dadeville (it joins US 280 for about 1.5 miles) then turn back north on AL 49 to the park. The road from Dadeville up to the Park is well-paved and a very pleasant ride.


You can't get there from here! From the Birmingham area come down US 280 through Sylacauga, Alexander City and the infamous speed trap of Jackson's Gap almost to Dadeville, then turn north on AL 49.

Those seeking a quicker route can take the turn-off marked CAMP ASCCA to the left just as you get into the Jackson's Gap area. About .3 miles down the road, after you cross the railroad bridge, follow the sign to turn left towards Camp Ascca on County Road 57, Rock Springs Rd. Stay on the county road until it Teesinto AL 49 just a few miles south of the park.

For a very pleasant ride from the north, take the US 431 South exit from I-20, just east of Oxford. About 2 miles south of I-20 take the Cheaha Parkway exit to the right. Ride the parkway, enjoy the curves and views. I suggest that you ride all the way to the west end of the parkway, then come back past the Cheaha State park (highest point in Alabama) and take AL 49 to the south (this is the upper end of AL 49). Some very tight curves await you on the ride down to Lineville, where there is a nice service station at the traffic light.

Continue south on AL 49, about 7 miles out of Lineville bear right onto AL 49 south through the communities of Mellow Valley and Goldville to New Site. At New Site AL 49 joins AL 22 for about 1.2 miles, then turn left onto AL 49 south again. The park is roughly 5 miles south of New Site.

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