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What Are The Top Amenities at Lewis Smith Lake, AL?

Lewis Smith Lake, AL Rental Amenities

There are in total of 15 rental amenities in Lewis Smith Lake, shown above with the property numbers. In Lewis Smith Lake, 129 rentals offer Air Conditioning, 122 rentals offer TV, 121 rentals offer Bed linens provided. So, if you need Air Conditioning during your vacation, use the Air Conditioning filter to compare these properties. Two amenities that are not typical are Hot Tub, Pool.

Which Price Range Is Considered As A Good Deal in Lewis Smith Lake, AL Area?

Vacation House & Condo Rental Price Information in Lewis Smith Lake, AL

The graph shows the percentages of vacation homes in each price bucket. Lewis Smith Lake has the largest percentage (21.88%) of homes in $150 - $200 price range.
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What Are The Most Liked Rental Accommodations in Lewis Smith Lake, AL?
Rental Accommodation Info in Lewis Smith Lake, AL
There are various types of homes in Lewis Smith Lake area. Depending on your group size, you can pick the one using filters accordingly. House is the most popular accommodation type, and the largest homes can accommodate 24 people.The least popular accommodation in Lewis Smith Lake is Bungalow rentals
How Many Accommodations Are Not Pets Friendly in Lewis Smith Lake, AL?
Percentage of Pet Friendly Rental Properties in Lewis Smith Lake, AL
22.31% of vacation homes in Lewis Smith Lake are pet friendly. Either you bring your loved pets on vacation or you have pet allergies, make sure to select the homes by applying the right filters.
What Are The Must-Visit Places in Lewis Smith Lake, AL?
Must Visit Places In Lewis Smith Lake, AL

The most common & popular places (a.k.a points of interests) here in Lewis Smith Lake are:

What does the calendar look like for local events & festivals in Lewis Smith Lake, AL?
Local Events & Festivals

Rock the South Cullman began in 2012 as a way to celebrate the recovery of the area one year after tornadoes tore across the state of Alabama. Since the first event, the festival has expanded and given more than 639,000 to multiple community partners. Major country stars including Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, Florida-Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, and more have been on stage at the event which is held in August.

Planned to raise funds for the community park, the Sweet Tater Festival is held in Smith Lake Park over Labor Day Weekend. There is live local music, games, and rides for the kids as well as food booths and vendors. Of course, there are sweet taters, the unofficial vegetable of Alabama!

Held on the third Saturday in May, Arley Day includes a parade, pancake breakfast, games, and an antique car show. There are food and craft vendors as well as live local artists who perform throughout the day.

The Coca-Cola Foothills Festival celebrates the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, an area that encompasses Jasper, Alabama, where the festival is held. The event began in 1997 and was very popular until 2000 when its original format was discontinued. It was revitalized in 2013 as a two-day festival with music and craft vendors. The growing foodie community in Jasper works well with the two craft breweries, adding great food throughout the festival.

Smith Lake Park is the site of the Smith Lake Memorial Day Festival with arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, live music all weekend, and contests. Play putt-putt golf and enjoy the day in the swimming pool which opens that weekend. Rent kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards to have fun on the lake as well. The park is located at 403 County Road 386 in Cullman.

What are the must-visit places in Lewis Smith Lake, AL?
Must See Attractions

Bankhead National Forest offers many trails and recreation areas designed for everyone. Spend your day bird watching or visit the quail habitat. You can also hunt feral swine or enjoy some of the best fishing in the area. There are six recreational areas, over 90 miles of recreational trails, and 13-miles of horseback trails. During hunting season, you can set up camp in one of the primitive campsites or you can choose a site in one of the campgrounds. The entrance to the forest is located at 1070 AL-33 in Double Springs which is about a 45-minute drive away from the lake.

Smith Lake Park sits along the shoreline of Lewis Smith Lake, offering campsites and cabin rentals for a fun getaway. There are eight pavilions, playgrounds a pool, a fishing pier, and a stage where events are held. There is even a putt-putt golf course.

One of the most interesting places to visit at the lake is the Smith Lake Castle, a whimsical mansion overlooking the lake. It is a four-bedroom, 3.5 bath house located on 18 acres with 4,400 feet of waterfront. There is a shop and a boathouse as well. The home is not open to the public as it is privately owned, but you can get good views of it from the water. Inside, there is a front atrium and stairway to the master bedroom, a state-of-the-art modern kitchen, and a main-level entertainment area with stunning views of the lake.

What are the nightlife spots in Lewis Smith Lake, AL?
Nightlife Spots

Midnight Special is a nightclub located at 2004 Birmingham Avenue in Jasper. There is both indoor and outdoor seating and live music. The bar offers a great beer selection, wine options, and many specialty cocktails. There is Happy Hour, a menu with pub fare available for lunch and dinner as well as late night foods.

Valley Tavern & Grill, located at 1710 Tallyho Street in Cullman, is a new location with many different dishes to cater to everyone. It is a rustic sports bar featuring beautiful barn wood, stone accents, and the bar is created from reclaimed bowling lanes that used to be located in the building. Menu items include pizza, appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees. There is live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday plus karaoke on Tuesday.

How to plan 1 or 2 or 3-day trip itineraries in Lewis Smith Lake, AL?
Trip Planning

The first day in the Lewis Smith Lake area, start with breakfast at the Arley Coffee Shop before heading to the Bankhead National Forest. Spend the rest of the morning in Smith Lake Park and rent a boat to travel out to Rock Creek Marina. Lunch at Lakeshore Inn before spending the afternoon antiquing and end the day with dinner at Brothers on the Lake.

The second day, have breakfast at Duchess Bakery before wandering around the Cullman Warehouse District. Have lunch at Mae鈥檚 Food Hall before checking out Ave Maria Grotto and Smiths Farms. Try some delicious craft beer at Goat Island Brewery before ending the day with dinner at 412 Public House.

What are the activities in Lewis Smith Lake, AL that are family friendly?
Family Friendly Activities

Boating is always a fun family activity. You can rent canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards for a fun day exploring the lake. There are also rental locations that allow you to rent fishing and motorboats as well.

Fishing is another great way to spend time with the family. There has been trophy-striped bass caught in the lake with fish over 40 pounds swimming in the lake. There are fishing regulations, so it is important to check with local bait shops to be sure you follow those regulations. Anglers usually use live shad, which can be purchased locally, as bait.

Indian Head Rock is one of the most popular stops on the lake, especially for those who are seeking adventure. For decades, people have climbed Indian Head Rock, a large cliff formation that drops into a deeper section of the lake.

Clarkson Covered Bridge is one of the best-known attractions in Cullman. The bridge was originally built in 1904 and travelers used it to cross Crooked Creek, but it is now closed to travelers. In 1921, the bridge was torn in two by a storm with one piece left intact while the other was swept downstream. Both pieces were salvaged and, a year later, repairs began on the bridge.

Smith Farms, founded in 1955 by Ed Smith as a roadside stand selling seasonal produce as well as a few cured hams and bacon. Today, Smith Farms has grown to be recognized throughout the nation for producing Southern products, including cured pork, grain products like grits, flour, and more as well as Wisconsin and Amish cheeses, pure honey, jams, jellies, and preserves. Find them at 1825 4th Street Southwest in Cullman.

How to get around in Lewis Smith Lake, AL?
Transportations

The closest international airport to Lewis Smith Lake, Alabama, is the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, which is about an hour鈥檚 ride from the lake. The best way to get to the lake is to rent a car.

What are the travel peak seasons in Lewis Smith Lake, AL?
Peak Seasons

The average monthly temperatures for the Lewis Smith Lake region are as follows:

  • January 鈥 low of 30 F(-1C); high of 52F (11C)
  • February 鈥 low of 33F (0.5); high of 56F (13C)
  • March 鈥 low of 40F (4C); high of 65F (18C)
  • April 鈥 low of 47F (8C); high of 74F (23C)
  • May 鈥 low of 56F (13C); high of 80F (27C)
  • June 鈥 low of 64F (18C); high of 87F (31C)
  • July 鈥 low of 68F (20C); high of 89F (32C)
  • August 鈥 low of 67F (19C); high of 89F (32C)
  • September 鈥 low of 61F (16C); high of 84F (28C)
  • October 鈥 low of 49F (9C) high of 74F (23C)
  • November 鈥 low of 38F (3C); high of 64F (18C)
  • December 鈥 low of 33F (0.5C); high of 55F (12C)

There are approximately 94 rainy days in the Lewis Smith Lake area with December the wettest and October the driest months. The area gets an average of three inches of snow each year.

Where are the hidden gems or unique spots to visit in Lewis Smith Lake, AL?
Hidden Gems

Located at 288 County Road 4010 in Crane Hill, about a 20-minute drive from the lake, Rock Creek Marina is a small, family-owned, and operated marina in the middle of Lewis Smith Lake. This floating country store offering staples you need on your boat as well as delicious ice cream in the summer. Children love to feed the fish off the deck and the small store brings back memories of a time long gone.

Ave Maria Grotto, located on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey, offers a landscaped hillside of 125 stone and cement structures, created by Brother Joseph Zoetl, O.S.B. who was a monk at the Abbey for more than 70 years. Take a block pathway to meander through the buildings, passing in front of a large grotto on the lower level. Brother Joseph built the first replicas in 1912 and his last, which is a miniature of Lourdes Basilica Church, in 1958. The site was opened to the public in 1934. Find the grotto at 1600, St. Bernard Drive Southeast, in Cullman, about a 40-minute drive from the lake.

While you are in Cullman, be sure to visit the Warehouse District which is located on First Street. The historic brick buildings house boutiques, home d茅cor shops, and more. Be sure to grab a snack at Kernel Kullman for flavors like dill pickle, birthday cake, or Goat Island beer cheese popcorn. You also need to take a stroll to Weiss Cottage, the oldest home in Cullman.

Of course, no trip to the Smith Lake area would be complete without antiques. There are many unique antique stores in the area. Southern Accents Architectural Antiques in Cullman, for example, began when Garland Gudger began rescuing items from buildings that were scheduled for demolition. You can find mantels, shutters, spindles, and many other building materials rescued from historic homes.

Where to visit in order to explore art and culture in Lewis Smith Lake, AL?
Art & Culture Places

Cullman County Museum, located at 211 2nd Avenue Northeast in Cullman is located in a building that is a replica of the home of John Cullmann, the namesake of the city and county. An immigrant from Germany, Cullmann founded a colony of like-minded Germans. The home鈥檚 design was influenced by Swiss architecture with a narrow front porch, gingerbread trim, and twin towers which flew the German and American flag when Cullmann was alive. There are exhibits dedicated to Native Americans, pioneer life, the Civil War, the history of Cullman, music, photos, natural history and John Cullmann himself.

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