Auburn was settled in 1836, and received its name from a verse in a poem. While this community is largely centered around Auburn University, there's plenty to see and do outside academic walls.
Visitors will immediately sense the refreshing diversity of this city. From the high culture of lectures, galleries and wine tastings, to the simple pleasures of hometown parades, Auburn exhibits much southern charm.
Lovers of the outdoors will find many outlets in Auburn. The distinctive Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve is a 110- acre Preserve offering extensive walking trails, valuable birding opportunities as well a marvelous butterfly garden. Chewacla State Park is another great place for those who enjoy being active. The nearly 700-acre park offers a beautiful waterfall, miles of nature trails, bicycling opportunities, and a 26-acre lake for swimming, fishing and boating.
Kids of all ages will love cooling off at SurfSide Water Park. The park features a wave pool, children's pool, water slides and an enjoyable lazy river ride.
While visiting Auburn, there are nearby side trips to consider. One is to nearby Opelika, located just east of Auburn near the intersection of Interstate 85 and Highway 431. Opelika proudly offers a charming shopping district and beautiful Victorian homes. The history of this quaint town is displayed on 20 plus disks inserted into the sidewalk. This is a wonderful place to find that perfect remembrance or unique antique.
Nearby Loachapoka Historic District boasts over a dozen private antebellum homes, and a one hundred year old schoolhouse. Self-driving tours are available to help visitors explore the magnificent homes and buildings that comprise this quaint district. While in Auburn, another popular stop is a visit to the Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge. This unique 75-foot, one hundred year old plus covered bridge spans Wacoochee Creek.
For those who cherish history, the Lee County Historical Museum and the Museum of East Alabama are sure bets. Both offer insight into the area's development through exhibits and interesting displays.
In mid October of every year, Syrup-Sopping Day held is held, featuring homemade syrup and mule-drawn crushers.
Auburn is located the eastern part of the state, near the intersection of US Highway 280 and Interstate 85, approximately 50 miles east of Montgomery, AL.