I recently visited Tannehill on trade day and shopped for around 30 minutes, and barely visited even a third of the booths. I looked at the food offerings at a concession stand (French fries, barbecue and other treats), but, I opted for snacks at the country store — parched peanuts, candy and packaged ice-cream treats. I walked along the creek bank near a waterfall where children were wading. My favorite part of visiting the park, though, was the ironworks furnace area. One can see the original furnaces and several old historical buildings there. Areas are well-marked with signs and memorial plaques that tell the history of Tannehill Ironworks.
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, 12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla
Park hours: Sunrise to sunset, seven days a week, 365 days a year
Visitor center hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays
Cost: Main park, adults (12 and older), $3; senior citizens, $2; children 6-11, $1; under 5, free. The museum, train rides (round-trip) and fishing are $2 each.
For campground and museum costs, visit www.tannehill.org.
Location: Off Interstate 59, 12 miles southwest of Bessemer
Contact: www.tannehill.org or 205-477-5711