Nestled in the plains of east-central Alabama sits beautiful Lee County. The county seat belongs to Opelika, which gets its name from the Muskogee word for “large swamp.” This charming southern city built its prosperity in the railroad and manufacturing industry. At one point, the extension of the Montgomery and West Point railroads that connected Opelika to Atlanta, Georgia, became the only direct route between New Orleans and the eastern seaboard. With this robust transportation infrastructure, Opelika became a mill and manufacturing hub in the southeast.
Today, Opelika is still a city on the rise. From Opelika’s Tiger Town to the Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Grand National Golf Course, there is no shortage of options for entertainment and activity. The 54-hole complex is the crown jewel of the renowned Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and sits on over 600 Lake Saugahatchee acres.
Lee County’s largest city is Auburn, home to the Auburn University Tigers. A few of Lee County’s unincorporated areas include Gold Hill, Beauregard and Salem. Nature is in no short supply either. Chewacla State Park is 696 acres south of I-85 offering waterfalls, swimming, fishing, and more.