Local Businesses and Attractions
Local attractions, grocery stores, restaurants and other places of interest in relation to The Chapman House. Feel free to let us know if you find things you think should be added to our map.
Cheaha State Park
Cheaha State Park is the pinnacle of natural beauty and awe in Alabama. Surrounded by the Talladega National Forest, this foothill of the Appalachian Mountains is the highest point in Alabama. Standing 2,407 ft. above sea level, it is no wonder why the local Creek Indians named this place “Chaha,” meaning high place.
Talladega Superspeedway is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama, United States. It is located on an old abandoned airfield just outside the small city of Lincoln. It was constructed by International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France Family, in the 1960s. Talladega is most known for its steep banking and the location of the start/finish line which is closer to turn one than at Daytona International Speedway. The track currently hosts the NASCAR series such as the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. Talladega Superspeedway is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66 miles (4.28 km) (Road America – used by the Nationwide Series — is over 4 miles long), and the track also has a seating capacity of 175,000 spectators.
Cheaha RC Club
Our flying site is located on Hwy 48 approximately 1 mile east of Lineville, Alabama on the left behind Brown’s Concrete and Construction at 1141 Hwy 48, Lineville Alabama 36266. We fly every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, weather permitting. Come and join us!
Alabama Gold Camp
Prospecting for gold is something that just about everyone has wanted to try at least once. As a hobby, prospecting offers a special excitement. There is a constant hope that the next pan will hold that bonanza you’ve been dreaming about. No thrill can compare with the excitement of seeing even just a few flakes of gold glittering in the black sand at the bottom of your pan. Located in the heart of Alabama’s gold belt, with miles of creek to pan, sluice, dredge, high-bank, and metal detect.
Odum Scout Trail
The scenery and serenity of the Odum Scout Trail makes this one great hike. Right from the start, High Falls adds to the splendor of the scene—and to the difficulty of the hike, as the route ascends stairs to reach the top of the falls. The path then follows the ridgeline of Cheaha Mountain, with wildflowers displaying all imaginable colors and two bluffs providing spectacular views. Trail Surface: Rock and dirt footpaths.
Nubbin Creek Trail
The trail is of moderate difficulty, and leads to several scenic, out-of-the-way waterfalls. The trail has a history of being too overgrown to follow after the first two miles, but efforts have been made to ensure that that is no longer the case.
Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail
The counties of Autauga, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Randolph and Tallapoosa are proud to announce the opening of the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail, the fifth of eight trails that make up the Alabama Birding Trail system. Since work began three years ago, we have been in touch with numerous groups and individuals who had the interest and nature-knowledge to participate in creating this tourism project. The response has been very gratifying and the support received from each of the counties within the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail has been exceptional. Everyone realizes the importance of highlighting the various outdoor activities that each county has and how to bring them to the attention of the outdoor-loving public.
The lake was created by the flooding of the plains behind the Harris Dam, which began construction on November 1, 1974. The last part of construction of the dam ended on April 20, 1983.
There are many recreational attractions on Lake Wedowee such as boating, swimming, fishing and camping. Fishing brings the most attraction to the lake. It is known to be one of the finest lakes in the Southeast because the quality of the water and itâ€™s sizeable bass population. There are many different species of fish in the lake that include crappie, largemouth bass, spotted bass, striped bass, hybrid striper, channel catfish, and flathead catfish.
Lake Wedowee Fishing
Harris Reservoir, locally known as Lake Wedowee, is located in east-northeast Alabama near the town of Wedowee. The reservoir was formed by completion of R.L. Harris dam in 1983. The major rivers supplying water for the reservoir are the Tallapoosa and Little Tallapoosa rivers. These rivers merge just north of the Hwy 48 bridge about 8.5 river miles from R.L. Harris Dam. The reservoir is 24 miles long, has approximately 271 miles of shoreline, and covers 10,660 acres. Harris Reservoir is the newest of Alabama Power’s 14 hydropower lakes in Alabama.
A 13 to 16 inch slot limit on largemouth bass is in effect at Harris Reservoir, which means that all largemouth bass between 13 and 16 inches must be released. Largemouth bass shorter than 13 inches, or longer than 16 inches can be harvested from the lake. The slot limit is in effect to improve the number of larger fish available to anglers. Anglers must understand that in order for the slot limit to be effective, harvest of fish below the slot (bass less than 13 inches) must occur. Spotted bass of all sizes can be kept at Harris Reservoir.
Wave Runner Rental
H2O Zone is the only personal watercraft rental on Lake Wedowee, Welcome to the best lake in Alabama! If you are here for only a day or a week long vacation, we are here to help you have fun. We rent brand new Yamaha Watercraft – VX Cruiser Deluxe Waverunners. (3 person high-speed watercraft)
Wedowee Marine rents pontoon boats for daily use from 8:30am until 5:30pm. Rate is 299.00 a day plus tax and refueling. Payment is requested at time of reservation, cancellations within 14 days of rental are non refundable. We supply life jackets for all adults. Our boats are equiped with very quiet and fuel efficient 4 stroke Yamaha motors. The boat is full of fuel when you leave the Marina and we refill upon your return, you only pay for the fuel you use. Call Kathy Morris at 800-780-2045 to book your reservation for a great day on Lake Wedowee.
At the very heart of any successful business lies one basic principle. You have to know your market. As a life long farmer, the concept of knowing your market was nothing new to Elbert “Red” Kennedy. And he knew there would be a market for his catfish long before he built 11 acres of ponds on his remote farm in rural Clay County.
Growth is considered by many as a reasonable means by which to measure the success of a business. This thought could have been on Red’s mind as he pondered his newly established business. The market was good, but he saw the potential for better. Then one day, while considering his options, an idea was born. What better way to improve a market than to create your own, and what better market for catfish than your own catfish restaurant! It was this idea that led to the construction of Red’s Catfish Cabin atop a knoll overlooking his fishponds, surrounded by open pastures and adjoining woodlands.
The two-story building, constructed mainly of rough pine lumber cut from Kennedy’s farm, has more than 7,000 feet of floor space. Even the booths, built by his brother Roger and nephew Jeremy, are made from home-cut pine. “We cut down five big pine trees right down yonder,” Kennedy said pointing to one of many clusters of stumps standing about 100 yards from the restaurant, “A friend of mine sawed them up, and stored the lumber back until we started building.”
The idea of a restaurant may have seemed a bit unconventional at first, and even more so when considering such a rural setting. Nevertheless, the restaurant opened to overwhelming success. During the first week, over 700 pounds of fish were served. The original intent was to supply the catfish from the ponds. However, business was so successful that additional fish had to be purchased just to get through that first week.
The restaurant, which opens only Thursday through Sunday, now serves about 1,200 pounds of catfish each week. The number of patrons visiting Red’s Catfish each week averages more than 1,000. Customers continue to flock to Red’s, many known by the staff as “regulars”. Customers come from all over. But many of the “regulars” routinely travel in excess of 50 miles just for the home cooked taste of Red’s fried catfish.
There’s just something about the place! The tranquility of such a rural setting seems to have actually enhanced the restaurant’s appeal. The rustic building, the relaxed down home atmosphere, and of course the friendly staff, all add to this appeal. And when you’re done, don’t be surprised to hear a cheerful, “Y’all come back now!”
Clay County Chamber of Commerce
Clay County Life Magazine
Lake Wedowee Magazine
Alabama Hiking Trails
The many hiking trails of the Talladega national forest