Alabama Power’s lakeside lands are an idyllic way to enjoy beautiful days in Alabama

Alabama is known for its beautiful lakes, but there is even more to discover along the state’s lakeside lands.

Alabama’s rivers, lakes and streams have some of the most topographically and ecologically diverse property surrounding them, and The Preserves are Alabama Power’s celebration of this land, offering the gift of splendid outdoor experiences to Alabama residents and visitors alike.

“The Preserves are our company’s way of giving back by enhancing our state’s natural resources and making space for residents and visitors to take in and appreciate the beauty and solace around them,” said Ed Windsor, Alabama Power Recreation Development assistant. “They are designed to be open for everyone to enjoy. As the weather continues to get warmer and people are venturing outside again, we want to remind everyone that they are welcome to hit the road and enjoy some of these sites.”

The Preserves, which were officially branded in 2018, leverage existing land around the lakes and reservoirs to create 65 unique public-use spaces across 12 reservoirs for both individuals and families to go outside, enjoy nature and make lifelong memories.

With lands along the Black Warrior, Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers, there are Preserves within driving distance for everyone in Alabama.

Visitors also can learn about the importance of protecting and preserving the environment for generations to come. Educational nature trails can be found at the recreation sites at these lakes:

Harris

Logan Martin

Lay

Martin

Neely Henry

Weiss

Jordan

In addition to picnic spots, boat ramps, playgrounds and swimming holes, some of The Preserves’ day-use parks offer an educational component with nature trails, which have interpretive signage to teach about different native species of plants, animals, birds and pollinators.

“We are incredibly proud of our Preserves and all they have to offer,” said Sheila Smith, Alabama Power Shoreline and Recreation land supervisor. “Our sites provide access to boaters, picknickers, hikers and swimmers. These areas have been updated in the past couple of years with features such as gazebos, benches and the perfect trails for walking, biking and even bird-watching.”

In 2021, Alabama Power plans to continue working toward updating The Preserves sites with added features such as barrier-free amenities, paving and striping parking lots, new walkways and more.

For visitors looking for specific amenities, The Preserves website, apcpreserves.com, includes a map and detailed charts that outline what each site offers. In the coming months, check back at apcshorelines.com for new stories featuring an in-depth look at some of the individual Preserves sites and one-of-a-kind amenities available to visitors.

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