Who knew? This Alabama town has one of the largest city parks in the country

Eufaula Nwr
(Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page)

According to the website The TravelEufaula, Alabama is home to the 10th largest “city park” in the nation.

How did Eufaula make the list?  

The popular digital publication expanded the definition of a “city park” to include not only municipal parks, but communities that encompass National Wildlife Refuges, State Parks and Nature Preserves. 

Thanks to the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge—which resides on the banks of the Chattahoochee River—the town of 12,882 residents cracked the list.

City Park Description

Here is what The Travel had to say about Eufaula:

Established in 1964, Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge is found on Lake Eufaula, along the banks of Chattahoochee River in southeast Alabama (Barbour and Russell counties) and southwest Georgia (Stewart and Quitman counties). At 11,184 acres, 7,953 acres in Alabama, and 3,231 acres in Georgia, Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge is the 10th largest city park in the United States. The park has a lot to offer vacationers, including hiking, wildlife spotting, boating, photography, and fishing.”

A nature-lover’s paradise, Lake Eufaula has been called the “Big Bass Capital of the World.” Along with the National Wildlife Refuge, you can also enjoy Lakepoint State Park

The Rest of the Top Ten

Who else made the list? Here are the top nine. 

  1. Chugach State Park, Anchorage, Alaska
  2. Timucuan Ecological And Historic Preserve, Jacksonville, Florida
  3. McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale, Arizona
  4. Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, San Jose, California
  5. Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas
  6. Gateway National Recreation Area, New York City, New York
  7. Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, New Orleans, Louisiana
  8. South Mountain Preserve, Phoenix, Arizona
  9. Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, Roanoke, Virginia

What About Pelham & Oak Mountain State Park?

Alabama State Parks
Peavine Falls at Oak Mountain State Park. (The Bama Buzz)

Who is #11 on the list? We bet it is the city of Pelham and Oak Mountain State Park. In fact, with the recent 2022 Forever Wild 1644-acre addition, the largest State Park in Alabama  has topped 11,632 acres. Who knows, The Travel might have to revise its list next time.

Have you been to the town of Eufaula and the  National Wildlife Refuge? Tell us what you think of this special place on the Alabama/Georgia stateline separated by the Chattahoochee River by tagging us on social media on @thebamabuzz

Pat Byington
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