Alpine Bay Off The Beaten Path
The information in the condo packet had a new map with various points of interest plus about 10 covered bridges on it, and I was intrigued by that as I had thought of covered bridges as being mostly New England and PA phenomena.
We set out about 10:50 for the Kymulga Grist Mill park, which had a single-span, 105-ft.-long covered bridge which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of only three 19th century covered bridges in Alabama still located at their original sites. Built around 1860, it carried the Old Georgia Road over Talladega Creek. We got to the covered bridge in about 10 minutes. The place appeared deserted, and there was a yellow pipe gate closed and locked across the entrance.
So I walked around outside the fence (if it was closed I didn't want to trespass, and if it was open, I didn't have any money with me to pay because Bob carried the money and he stayed in the car) and took pictures of the bridge for about 10 minutes. I think it was closed because on the internet it says:
Hours of Operation: Open daily, April-Sept. Admission fee.
Afterwards I found out this information about the grist mill itself which was a couple of hundred feet up the stream from the bridge.
Patenting an invention can be a tricky proposition-even in the 1860s, when G.E. Morris designed and built the Kymulga grist mill. Sad to say, a man whom Morris hired to build the mill's water wheel stole his design and beat him to the patent office in Washington, D.C., by a mere two hours. But Morris got the last laugh: He returned to his foundry and changed the water wheel's design, producing one that worked even better than the original. He ended up profiting from his new design, while the man who stole Morris' original invention went broke. The mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and still produces corn meal.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
Alpine Bay Sports & Outdoors
The condo website says: The on-site 18-hole Robert Trent Jones course will please the golfer I don't know if this is the golf course referred to or not. I'm not a golfer so I didn't venture onto the course.
Equipment: This course is enjoyable for all skill levels of golfer. The greens are well manicured, and the fairways are tree lined.
Par Yardage Course Rating Slope
Back 72 6518 70.9 129
Middle 72 6040 69.9 126
Forward 72 5392 N/A N/A
Green fees - $20 - 49
18 holes Built in 1972 , designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Greens: Bent Grass Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Dress code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required
Season: Open all year (closed on Mondays)Related to:
- Spa and Resort