We thank our major partners and ask you to support them!

Alabama Power Company

Alabama Power is the owner and manager of over 750 miles of shoreline on Lake Martin, the primary location for the CRATA hiking trails.  We are forever grateful for their support of our organization and our mission.  Visit their website by clicking here.

Lake Martin Resource Assocation

 Lake Martin Resource Association (LMRA) is an active member-supported, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and protecting Lake Martin and the adjacent areas. LMRA has been working to better the lake community since its organization in 1970Visit LMRA at their website by clicking here.

Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc.

Tallapoosa  Publishers, Inc., publishes five local newspapers and three coffee-table  quality, lifestyle magazines – Lake, Lake Martin Livingand Elmore  County Living – along with several annual special editions. The company’s  owner, Kenneth Boone, and publisher, Steve Baker, along with the entire newsroom  and magazine staff, are proud to support Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail  Association.

TPI, Inc. has been a major partner providing advertising and graphic services to our many projects.  

Click here to visit their website.



Alabama Extension Services – Tallapoosa County

The Alabama Extension Service through its office in Tallapoosa County has been a major resource providing access to Master Naturalists in our area.

 The Alabama Master Naturalist program is a new statewide program whose goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world among Alabama’s citizens and visitors. In addition, the AMN program will also develop a statewide corps of well-informed volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. 

Read more about the Alabama Extension Service at their website by clicking here.




Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas have existed in Alabama since the 1940s. However, to provide for greater habitat conservation and public recreational opportunities, the Forever Wild Land Trust Program created state-owned Nature Preserves and Recreation Areas.

More than two decades after its establishment by constitutional amendment in 1992, the Forever Wild Land Trust has secured more than 268,000 acres of land in Alabama for public use.

CRATA has worked in partnership with Forever Wild to create two beautiful and historic hiking trails at the Yates Lake WMA land tract.

The Forever Wild Gothard-AWF Yates Lake WMA in Elmore County consists of 6,000+ acres of pine-hardwood hills and creek valleys on the western shore of scenic Yates Lake. Habitats include longleaf pine stands and mature hardwood creek bottoms, as well as the protection of three miles of shoreline along the Tallapoosa River.

Credit: The above description includes excerps from the Alabama Forever Wild website. Please visit the Forever Wild website by clicking here.