Where Crappie Is King

Trip Start May 03, 1996
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Trip End May 04, 1996


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Flag of United States  , Alabama
Saturday, May 4, 1996

Centre, Alabama, population 2,893.

Cherokee Rock Village atop Lookout Mountain gives you a 30-mile panoramic view overlooking Weiss Lake. The giant boulders of all shapes and sizes date back 300 million years to the Pennsylvanian Period; some are 200 feet high. There is a natural arch in the park, eight mountain springs, and miles of crevices, cracks, caves and trails for rock climbers to enjoy.

More out-of-state fishing licenses are issued for Weiss Lake than any other site in Alabama, lending credence to its claim as "Crappie Capital of the World;" the record is 5 lb 1 oz. The 30,200-acre lake offers 447 miles of shoreline, shallow flats, underwater dropoffs, deep channels, and large coves; bream, shad, and crawfish are abundant in the lake's stump flats, sloping points, weed beds, and strong feeder creeks. Many fishing guide services in the area.

Of historical interest in the area is Cornwall Furnace Park, 2 miles east of Cedar Bluff; this 1862 cold blast furnace was the first in the country to be powered by water and was an important part of the Confederate's ironworks; the 5-1/2-acre park contains a 3,000-foot nature trail; it's a National Historic Site.

Cherokee County Historical Museum has housewares, farm tools, blacksmith shop, newspapers, pictures, and records dating to mid-1800's; nearly 5,000 items pertaining to area history.

Muffins Cafe on Highway U411 is a full-service restaurant with a 50's atmosphere, restored cars, lots of memorabilia; gift shop with 50's and 60's collectibles. Lots of campgrounds and marinas in the area.
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