Introduction to Opelika, Alabama
Opelika, Alabama, in Lee county, is 26 miles NW of Columbus, Georgia (center to center) and 95 miles SW of Atlanta, Georgia. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Auburn - Opelika metropolitan area. Opelika contains a population of approximately 23,498.
Opelika was first settled in by the whites in the late 1830s. They named the community "Lebanon". The Native Americans, the original inhabitants of the region, were forcibly removed from the area in 1836-1837. The city's present name was derived from a Muskogee term meaning "large swamp". The first railroad entered the area in the 1840s and helped the area to become a commercial center. Opelika was incorporated on February 9, 1854.
Opelika and nearby Attractions
- Mann Wildlife Learning Museum
- Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
- Chewacla State Park
- Callaway Gardens
- Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
- Dr. A.D. McLain Medical Museum
Things To Do In Opelika
The city of Opelika offers easy access to several historic sites and museums. The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art features 19th and 20th century American and European art. The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is the place where, during World War II, African American men were trained to become military pilots. The city is also home to the world-famous Grand National Golf Course. Golfers can also visit the Beaver Creek Golf Course, Moore's Mill Golf Club, and Pin Oaks Golf Club, and Saugahatchee Country Club. The Chewacla State Park, spread across 696 acres of land, offers facilities for swimming, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and picnicking. Another place worth visiting in Opelika is the Azalea and Dogwood Trail. Following this trail, created by Nature itself, people can witness the numerous hues of the Southern Azaleas and Dogwood trees.
Air transportation is available from the Columbus Metropolitan Airport.
Opelika Higher Education
Tuskegee University, Auburn University Main Campus, Beacon University, and many other colleges and universities provide opportunities for higher education.