Eufaula, Alabama, settled high upon a bluff overlooking the beautiful 45,000-acre Lake Eufaula, is located in southeastern Alabama along the Alabama-Georgia border, approximately 90 miles southeast of Montgomery, the state capital. The City of Eufaula was incorporated under its present name in 1843, but was first settled in 1816.
The City has made a deliberate effort to increase the quality of life for its citizens, and indeed sees this as a component of the economic development program in place with the Eufaula/Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Eufaula. More than 160 acres remain available for expanding or new industries to locate within the Lakepoint Industrial Park. Other sites and buildings are also available.
Over the past ten years, the City of Eufaula has experienced a steady growth due in large part to expansion of existing industries and the recruitment of new industries. Retail and service industries have also shown steady growth patterns. The City's historic central business district is currently enjoying a strong occupancy rate, with a variety of stores, specialty shops, restaurants and professional offices.
Eufaula’s natural resources and historic beauty combine to boost the economic growth of our community. More than 700 of Eufaula’s homes and other structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of these can be seen during the Eufaula Pilgrimage, held annually each spring. Another major annual activity is the Indian Summer Arts and Crafts Festival. Craftsmen and artisans alike gather on the second weekend in each October to offer their unique wares.
Eufaula is an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise. More than 10,000 anglers converge on Lake Eufaula every year, and Eufaula has recently been included as a tournament spot for the annual Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society (B.A.S.S.) Trail. Avid hunters benefit from a large population of deer, turkey and fowl.
Three 18-hole courses beckon the golfer to enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the links. In addition to the course at Lakepoint State Park, tennis, hiking trails, campsites and picnic areas are also offered. Golfers can also enjoy the Eufaula Country Club.
Eufaula is also home to the 11,184-acre National Wildlife Refuge, which provides the opportunity to view native wildlife with its seven-mile automobile tour route, two observation platforms, hiking trail and wildlife museum.
Recognizing the need for a multi-purpose recreation center, citizens of Eufaula rallied and financed a million dollars needed to build a first-class facility. In the summer of 1998, the dream became a reality after years of hard work by community leaders. This Community Center Complex features a 25-yard, eight-lane competitive swimming pool, two racquetball courts, a well-equipped fitness center, three meeting room, a gymnasium, a multi-purpose community room and an upper level walking/running track. The sparkling facility has been recognized as “Facility of the Year” by the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association.
Old Creek Town Park is also maintained by the Eufaula Parks and Recreation Department. The beautiful 205-acre facility consists of eight lighted baseball/softball fields with full-service concession stands. Other features of the park include the Playground of Dreams, built by Eufaula citizens, a fishing pier, nature trail, boat landing, picnic area and pavilion. The Dixie Boys World Series has been held in Eufaula three times over the past 12 years, and the Dixie Girls World Series will be held at the complex in August.