Destination guide

For visitors far and away, Lake Martin is home

When you’re here, you’re home. In Lake Martin, everything seems better—and that’s a tribute to its charming, small-town appeal. With nearly 41,000 acres of sparkling waters, the lake is an immediate respite from the outside world. Breathing in the fresh air, strolling the placid grounds, and enjoying nature at its best are all hallmarks of the authentic Lake Martin experience. And when you book a Lake Martin vacation rental, you can count on making special memories in an unforgettable place.

Things to do

Lake Martin brings it: nature, muscle cars…and a chimney!

A trip to Wind Creek State Park is a nature lover’s dream. Offering 1445 acres of endless beauty along the Lake Martin shores, the park offers an array of family-friendly activities. If you’ve booked your Lake Martin vacation rental for a weekend, you can host a private party on the Tarzan, also known as the world’s first floating water park. The nearby Wellborn Musclecar Museum, about a half hour’s drive, is a car lover’s dream, filled with vintage autos from the 1960s and ‘70s. And no one would blame you for taking a quick selfie at the iconic Chimney Rock before you leave town.


Life on (and off) the water

What can’t you do in Lake Martin? Water enthusiasts consider it one of the state’s best spots for a swim or a boat excursion. Music fans will appreciate concerts at the lake-view amphitheater and the annual jazz festival. Anytime is a good time for a lakeside picnic. For deeper exploration, guided and self-guided tours provide up-close access to water and wildlife. Go for a hike, a horseback ride, or a canoe ride. Even the shopping is intimate: a family-owned mall includes whimsical local wares in a cozy, homey environment.


Pleasant temps by the Lake Martin waters

Did someone say comfortable? They must have been talking about Lake Martin, whose enviable weather is the stuff of vacation dreams. Temperatures are mild throughout the year, even in the winter—it’s a struggle to find a day that falls below 40 degrees! An average temperature of around 80 degrees in July means it’s the perfect alternative to high-humidity spots elsewhere in the state. Remember, the lake provides some cool air, too. Light rain isn’t unusual, either, so be sure to pack that parka.

Natural features

Manmade beauty in a natural setting

Situated within three counties in Alabama, the 44,000-acre lake is surrounded by nearly 750 miles of craggy shorelines. It’s one of the largest manmade lakes in the country, but that’s not the only reason to book a Lake Martin vacation rental. The area is peppered with minuscule islands, all of which boast their own unique attractions. The most well-regarded by far is Chimney Rock, named so for its unusually shaped craggy formation. Goat Island, meanwhile, is packed with—you guessed it—an actual family of goats! The sandy shores of Sandy Island lead to a shallow beach.

Where to stay around Lake Martin?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 207 vacation rentals near Lake Martin. From 126 Houses to 29 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Martin for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Martin?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Martin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Dadeville: 210 vacation rentals
  • Montgomery: 67 vacation rentals
  • Auburn: 137 vacation rentals
  • Jacksons' Gap: 194 vacation rentals
  • Jordan Lake: 25 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Martin! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Martin?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Martin:

  • Dadeville: 210 rentals
  • Montgomery: 67 rentals
  • Auburn: 137 rentals
  • Jacksons' Gap: 194 rentals
  • Wedowee: 32 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Martin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Martin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Wind Creek State Park: 204 rentals
  • The Oaks - Home of Booker T. Washington: 108 rentals
  • Fort Toulouse: 48 rentals
  • Lakewinds Golf Course: 200 rentals
  • Wetumpka Crater: 83 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Martin listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.