Demopolis is known for its beautiful historic homes, birding, hunting/sports tourism, and, of course, Christmas on the River and Fourth of July Freedom on the River. Its greatest resource is the Tombigbee River, and the Army Corps of Engineers plays a huge role in the community, often serving as guides for river activities. There are many hunting lodges and opportunities for fishing and hunting. In 2012, the city hosted the AKC Master National Field Trials with over 750 dogs and about a thousand people participating in hunt tests at the M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area, formerly known as the State Cattle Ranch, right outside of town. Demopolis is also known for its white bluffs along the river and the Yacht Basin. Foscue Creek Park has many walking trails, campsites, and a landing for boats to launch.
When visiting Demopolis, make sure to go to Bluff Hall and then The Canebrake Craft Corner for local arts and crafts. Take a tour of Gaineswood and stop by Foscue Creek Park, the Demopolis Yacht Basin, and the Kingfisher Bay Marina. Look at the windows of Trinity Episcopal Church because several are Tiffany stained glass. Visit Rooster Hall beside City Hall, named after the 1919 Rooster Auction held there to raise money to build a bridge over the Tombigbee River. For shopping and lunch, the downtown area and Highway 80 offer several great places to check out.
The Demopolis area is known for its barbeque and catfish, and Smokin’ Jacks Bar-B-Que or J.C.’s BBQ on Highway 80 are well known for both. Kora’s Place on Highway 43 is noted as “one of the 100 best places to eat before you die in Alabama,” and it is famous for large hamburgers and a meat-and-three for lunch. If you are looking for fine dining, The Red Barn or The Foscue House on Highway 80 are excellent choices, serving great steaks and seafood, and only open at night. Travel about 20 miles west toward Selma on Highway 80 to Faunsdale, known for its crawfish festival, to try the Faunsdale Cafe for lunch or Faunsdale Bar & Grill at night, which is famous for its crawfish and crawfish pies.
Demopolis is in Marengo County, which is bordered by eight other counties. People from across the region work, visit and shop in the city, and there is always plenty to do on a trip to Demopolis,Community Website, Facebook,
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