activities at tannehill

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Miniature Railway

A fun attraction for the kids (from toddlers to great grandparents) is a miniature railway that runs from the main camping area to the trade day area over a mile-long track. Added in 1997, it replaced an even earlier train ride which first opened in 1975. The new train features an 1800s-style engine and riding cards. Price per trip is $1 and the cost for a round trip is $2. All  aboard!!​

 

Iron & Steel Museum

The Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama is a southeastern regional interpretive center on 19th century iron making technology featuring both belt driven machines of the 1800s and tools and products of the times. It focuses on the Roupes Valley Ironworks at Tannehill which operated nearby, first as a bloomery beginning in 1830 and later as an important battery of charcoal blast furnaces during the Civil War. The ironworks gave birth to the Birmingham Iron & Steel District.
Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 7 days a week.
Admission: $2 with regular gate admission.​

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Tannehill Creamery

30 flavors of hand dipped Blue Bell Ice cream, shakes, floats, sundaes, and banana Splits1
Open every weekend March thru November; times may vary.

2021 Creamery Season starts March 20 with 1st Trade Days!

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Craft Cabins

On weekends in March thru November (Saturday 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. & Sunday 12:30 p.m.– 4:00 p.m) and special events the craft cabins located along the plank road in the park’s center come to life with artisans producing pottery, quilts, cane chairs and art work. The cabins, to which visitors are invited, include the Dunkin House (Perry County, 1871), Wendell Stewart House (Bibb County, 1877), Stamps Cabin (Perry County, 1870 partial), the Crocker House (Jefferson County, 1884) and the Gott House, built by noted Appalachian Mountain cabin builder Peter Gott as part of the “Alabama Reunion” in 1989.

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Fishing at the Creek

Creek side fishing is an important attraction at Tannehill where its two main creeks, are stocked each year with rainbow trout. Native fish including brim are also in abundance. Roupes Creek, the main body of water, flows into Shades Creek and eventually into the Cahaba River. It is the site of some rare plants including Cahaba Lillies. Park visitors wishing to fish must purchase a $2.00 fishing permit at the Country Store. Presentation of a valid Alabama State fishing license is required.

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Hiking Trails

All park trails provide an easy walk, most over wide dirt roads, some of which were originally used as early "interstates" traveling between towns and regions such as the Bucksville Stage Road which runs near the Boy Scout area known as Camp Jack Wright. Park trails run between one and four miles in length and a trails map may be purchased at the Country Store or Museum Gift Shop.