4 beautiful + local Auburn parks to visit this fall

Chewacla Park Auburn
Chewacla Falls in Auburn is a fave photo spot for locals and visitors. (Audrey Kent / The Bama Buzz)

October 10 is National Walk to a Park day, and if you live in or find yourself in Auburn, there are many beautiful parks and nature preserves to enjoy. Whether you’re looking to relax in a tranquil environment, see the changing fall colors or go hiking, we’ve got you covered.

1. Chewacla State Park

Chewacla State Park Auburn
Chewacla in Auburn is a breathtaking gem. (Audrey Kent / The Bama Buzz)

Chewacla is one of the jewels of Auburn. The state park has 696 scenic acres, offering plenty of ways to relax and enjoy recreation. Here are some of its features:

  • Expansive lake
  • Swimming area
  • Playground
  • Modern campground
  • Picnic areas
  • Cabins
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain biking trails

Lake Chewacla is an especially good spot for hiking with its variety of trails. Those who want more of a leisurely stroll can enjoy Sweet Shrub Trail. For the more hardcore hikers, test your endurance on the challenging mountain biking trails built by the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers.

There’s a good chance you’ll see wildlife, as well as unique rock formations and a variety of native flora.

However, the local favorite in Chewacla is the park’s large and beautiful waterfall, which is a perfect photo op.

2. Kreher Preserve and Nature Center

Donald Davis Arboretum
Kreher Park in Auburn offers scenic and calm walking trails. (Audrey Kent / The Bama Buzz)

Kreher is a 120-acre park and nature preserve located between Auburn and Opelika. This beautiful park with multiple hiking trails is unique due to its mission and focus on nature conservation. Kreher is constantly educating the public on Auburn’s flora and fauna through fun and educational events taught by their educated and passionate staff.

Some of the features Kreher offers include discovery hikes, nature walks, youth camps, school programs, adult classes and workshops, wildlife study programs and educational exhibits.

This is a perfect place to visit for recreation combined with conservation.

3. Donald E. Davis Arboretum

Donald Davis Arboretum
The Donald E. Davis Arboretum in Auburn is a peaceful + idyllic environment. (Audrey Kent / The Bama Buzz)

The Donald E. Davis Arboretum, located on Auburn University’s Campus, is a 14-acre public park that also serves as a native plant museum. Students and locals alike visit the arboretum to relax and unwind under the cool canopies of the many trees.

It is a tranquil place to walk through and explore, and you can feel content knowing that the arboretum’s conservation efforts contribute to Auburn’s flora and fauna research.

4. Kiesel Park

Kiesel Park
Kiesel Park in Auburn is a pleasant place for humans and dogs alike. (Audrey Kent / The Bama Buzz)

Kiesel park in Auburn is a 124-acre park with beautiful gardens, peaceful pavilions and walking trails. This is a perfect place to bring your furry friend, thanks to its dog-friendly environment and off-leash area. It is also a popular destination for weddings and events.

If you’re looking for a lovely green space that you and your dog can enjoy, this is the park for you.

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