Auburn and Opelika
13 mi 21 km of trail — 2 Featured Hikes
Typical of the Deep South, Auburn has a humid subtropical climate, marked by mild winters, early springs, long, hot, muggy summers, and warm autumns. Due to its position near the Gulf of Mexico, the city receives a significant amount of rainfall - on average, 52.6 inches (1,340 mm) per year - though there is a distinct dry season in the late summer and early fall. Severe storm activity - thunderstorms producing damaging winds and/or large hail - is common from the late winter through early summer. There is the risk of tornadoes. Owing to its proximity to the Gulf, Auburn is also subject to fringe effects from tropical storms and hurricanes in the summer and fall. Hurricanes Opal in 1995 and Ivan in 2004 are among two of the most notable tropical systems to affect the Auburn area in recent memory, bringing torrential rains and high winds.
Winters are typically mild, with an average 0.7 inches (1.8 cm) of snowfall, though more than three-fourths of all seasons do not have any measurable snow. Most days have 50 °F (10 °C)+ highs, and from December to February, an average total of 10-11 days of 70 °F (21 °C)+ highs, while it rarely stays below freezing all day. However, the city straddles the border between USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7B and 8A, and there is an average 5.6 nights of sub-20 °F lows. On the other end, summers are long, hot, and humid, with 57 days of 90 °F (32 °C)+ highs. Although the actual air temperature reaching 100 °F (38 °C) is uncommon (1.2 days annually), high humidity can push daytime heat indices over that mark.
The record high for Auburn is 103 °F (39 °C), set on July 15, 1980 (needs updating), and August 10, 1980, while the record low was -7 Â°F (-22 Â°C), set on February 13, 1899, and January 21, 1985.
All that to say there isn't a time of the year that isn't great for mountain biking. Sure, the summer is a little on the warm side but if you start early and bring plenty of fluids you will be set. Winters feature little to no snow and comfortable temperatures full days outside
Camping & Lodging
Chewacla State Park has 6 newly renovated 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)-era stone cottages. Featuring hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, beautiful new bathrooms, and modern kitchens equipped with stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, cooking and eating utensils. All cabins have TV's but no telephones. Linens are provided. Cabins have central heating and cooling systems.
Chewacla also features 36 Improved sites include water, sewage, 30/50 Amp electrical service, and 20 satellite channels for RV's and tent camping. In addition to the improved sites, the park also offers 10 primitive sites as well as group camping at the CCC Group Camping area.
Clarion Inn & Suites University Center
The local Clarion features outdoor room entry and is bicycle friendly. Ask to speak with Mark Barton when setting up your reservation.
Food & Drink
1151 Opelika Rd, Auburn, AL 36830
917 S Railroad Ave, Opelika, AL 36801
Niffer's is a great place to bring the entire family. With a menu featuring a wide variety of foods and a decent beer list, everyone can find something they enjoy at one of their two locations in town.
124 Tichenor Ave, Auburn, AL 36830
The Hound is a family owned restaurant and bar featuring over-the-top American classics, top shelf bourbon, and 28 craft beers on tap. The atmosphere was designed to be warm and welcoming- think hunting lodge, antler-pronged barn setting with the hustle and bustle of old-time Alabama. They source locally and regionally and harvest from the Hound family farm in Lafayette, AL when possible.
128 N College St, Auburn, AL 36830
Mellow Mushroom is a pizza and beer place featuring many traditional and not so traditional takes on your favorite pies. In addition to pizza beer they provide sandwiches and salads. Oh and did we mention growlers?
For more information on current activities going on in the area, please visit aotourisim.com
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3.5 mi 5.6 km#1 Rock Bottom Trail
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1.4 mi 2.3 km#2 Creek View Trail
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2.5 mi 4.1 km#3 CCC Trail
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1.0 mi 1.5 km#4 Falls View Trail
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0.7 mi 1.1 km#5 Troop 30 Trail
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1.8 mi 2.9 km#6 Deer Rub Trail
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1.0 mi 1.7 km#7 Mountain Laurel Trail
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0.9 mi 1.4 km#8 NORBA Trail
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0.2 mi 0.3 km#9 Eagle Scout Trail
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