In this day in age with phones, computers, video games and other technological devices, staying cooped up in the house mesmerized by a screen is becoming a more common activity than going outside and enjoying the great outdoors. Instead of following today's society's fascination with electronics and social media, gather your friends and enjoy all of the natural beauty Auburn has to offer. Auburn is a beautiful place with endless outdoor locations to explore, so I've narrowed it down to 5 of Auburn's best places for outdoor adventures.
1. Chewacla State Park
Chewacla is one of Auburn's most beautiful parks and is one of the best places to truly enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you're looking to hike, bike or just relax in an ENO hammock by the waterfalls, Chewacla is the ideal place to turn off your phone and get in touch with nature.
Stephen Parsons, Auburn University graduate student says, "Chewacla is my favorite place in Auburn. It definitely puts the word great in great outdoors."
With breathtaking gardens, fountains, and trails, this historic place is perfect for an educational and exciting outdoor adventure. The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve & Nature Center is free to the public and has fascinating points of interest like the Butterfly and Wild Azalea Gardens, Hidden Falls and Turtle Pond and Wildflower Trail and Boulder Ridge. Spending just a couple of hours at this stunning location will knock any indoor activity out of the park.
3. Kiesel Park
Grab your dog and a couple of friends and set out to explore Kiesel Park. This park is a beautiful and spacious area with plenty of hiking trails and fields. While you're there, you will probably spot plenty of dog walkers, because this is the perfect place to bring your furry friend.
Betsy Chandler, Auburn University senior says, "I love to bring my dog Bonnie to Kiesel Park because there are always so many dogs for her to play with. The trails are fun to hike, and it's always great exercise for us both."
4. Saugahatchee Creek
Saugahatchee Creek is a beautiful outdoor location and one of Auburn's best-kept secrets. This creek is in a delightful wooded area with large boulders and a quaint and historic bridge. For those who do venture out to this hidden location bring a couple of friends, sit on the large rocks and enjoy the flowing creek. It's an ideal spot to explore or just relax and take in all of nature's beauty. Next time you are looking for a unique outdoor adventure, make sure to visit Saugahatchee Creek.
5. Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest
Located off of Moores Mill Rd, the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest is a stunning 400-acre woodland that demonstrates both forest and wildlife practices. This unique location teaches landowners and the public as a whole how to enhance the value of their forest land. It's an educational and enticing area that will truly make you appreciate the great outdoors.
Chandler says, "I visited the Mary Olive Demonstration Forest on a class trip, and it is a very special and charming place. Along with learning about forests, I was able to spend an entire afternoon in a beautiful outdoor area."
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