June 2021 Newsletter
Feed Your Adventure with the Flavors of the Black Belt & Enter Our Social Media Giveaways
Flavors of the Black Belt is the perfect summer adventure for you and your family. Be sure to check out the 9 themed trails across the region that are designed around locally made foodstuffs, including tasty treats and drinks.
Also included in the PDF booklet are travel destinations and the favorite local spots to eat, rest, relax, explore and shop for those uniquely black belt creations. The Feed Your Adventure campaign also offers a fun passport competition for a grand prize weekend away at Lakepoint State Park that includes a fully guided fishing trip.
Additionally, we are excited to launch an upcoming social media giveaway in partnership with Soul Grown. A total of three giveaways will occur over the summer with each winner receiving a goodie bag worth $300! This will include an assortment of locally crafted items like sauces, rubs, craft brews, cheese straws, pecans, pickled items, jams, jellies, dressings, honey, a $50 gas card to help you hit the road and a canvas Flavors of the Black Belt tote. For more information, please follow ALBBAA on Instagram.
5 Great Summer Adventures on an Alabama Black Belt Road Trip
There’s plenty to do and see this summer in the Black Belt region of Alabama. From enjoying the world-class fishing, to exploring the mouth-watering Flavors of the Black Belt trails, to experiencing the beauty of our state parks and many other attractions, you don’t have to look far to enjoy a fantastic recreational activity in the Black Belt!
1. With Lake Eufaula, known as the “Bass Capitol of the World”, located on the eastern part of the region in Eufaula and Miller’s Ferry Reservoir on the Alabama River in southwest Alabama–along with a number of other highly productive public lakes and rivers–the Black Belt is well represented as a fishing destination. There are also abundant opportunities to find that hotspot for consistent action by checking out the various lodges and outfitters in the Black Belt that provide high-quality fishing along with all-inclusive services and accommodations. Whether you are looking for fully guided or publicly available largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, or bream fishing, you are sure to find it in in the Black Belt.
2. State Parks continue to grow in popularity and provide essential services, fantastic experiences as well as fine fishing and other recreational opportunities for folks to enjoy the parks and the water this summer. Dotted across the Black Belt region, the following parks offer exceptional lodging as well as plentiful options for boating/kayaking/canoeing (rentals available at some locations), fishing, hiking, camping, RVing, and more.
4. Play a round (or three) of golf at the Robert Trent Jones (RTJ) Courses in the region.
Cambrian Ridge in Greenville, AL – Know by avid golfers as one of the most beautiful and most challenging stops of the Trail, Cambrian Ridge lies just 40 miles from Montgomery. It is well worth the ride for any golfer looking for 36 holes of jaw-dropping golf. The Sherling Course/Canyon Course combination was named by Golf Digest at the 3rd best new public course in America when it opened and 13th in their list of America’s Top 50 Affordable Courses. This combination was also named by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” as one of the nation’s 40 Super Value courses.
Grand National in Opelika, AL – Grand National, by all reports, was the single greatest site for a golf complex Robert Trent Jones, Sr. had seen. Built on 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee, 32 of the 54 holes drape along its filigreed shores. Both the Links course and the Lake course were in the top 10 of Golf Digest’s list of “America’s Top 50 Affordable Courses” and all three courses at Grand National are listed among the nation’s 40 Super Value courses by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play”.
5. Attend the Black Belt Birding Festival on Saturday, August 7th. Alabama Audubon’s Black Belt Birding Initiative works to bring the economic and environmental benefits of bird-based ecotourism to one of the country’s most economically challenged rural areas. Come for the day, or stay for longer, and enjoy all the Black Belt has to offer! The festival includes field trips, keynote speakers, indoor classes on history and culture, local vendor and nonprofit expo and more.
Best Black Belt Dog Contest Returns
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Associations (ALBBAA) understands that the unique bond that exists between a dog and their owner is universal from hunting dogs to house dogs. With this in mind, ALBBAA is searching for photo entries into the second annual Best Black Belt Dog contest.
This year, the contest is open to all dogs who are out on an adventure – this could be hunting/retrieving out in the field or on the water, riding along in the boat or canoe, hiking, or tagging along for a good old-fashioned road trip to a stop along the Flavors of the Black Belt trails like our Flavors mascot Duke!
To enter the Best Black Belt Dog Contest, please visit: https://alabamablackbeltadventures.org/bestblackbeltdogs/.
The contest will run through July 31st and the winner is determined by the photo that receives the most votes online. The winning prize is a personalized 100% cotton oil finished Shelter Dog Coat by Filson and a copy of Black Belt Bounty, an award winning deluxe hard-cover coffee table book that celebrates the traditions of hunting and fishing in Alabama’s famed Black Belt region—a retail value of $175.