Put hundreds of miles between you and your stress with a comfortable vacation rental at Lake Martin, Alabama. Boasting over 750 miles of wooded shoreline, Lake Martin intersects Tallapoosa, Elmore, and Coosa counties. This means that you get to choose from lake cabins, urban apartments, country homes, luxury lake houses, and modern condos. Perhaps you prefer a spacious villa at a resort or a romantic chalet hidden in the forest. Whatever you want, look for it at Lake Martin. Amenities range from private docks on the lake, hot tubs, and outdoor patios with grills, to cozy indoor fireplaces. While planning your vacation dates, browse this list of the very best places to find vacation rentals around Lake Martin.

1. Dadeville, Alabama

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It’s all about beautiful Lake Martin in Dadeville, and you can find a great lake house with a private boat dock on the southeastern side. Some of the lake houses even include a second, private swimming dock. You and your entire family can enjoy learning to paddle board using equipment rented from the nearby Lakeside Marina. If being right on the lake isn’t a priority, look for rustic cabins in the woods, or apartments and condos in town. Your paradise awaits you.

2. Wind Creek State Park Area

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The charm of the wilderness beckons you and your family to stay in a cozy cottage near Wind Creek State Park, which borders a northwest section of the lake. Experience the pristine beauty of acres of wooded and developed park land, including winding trails, picnic areas, outdoor grills, restroom facilities, and a playground. From your cottage porch, enjoy views of visiting wildlife that occasionally passes by.

3. Eclectic, Alabama

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The name suits the town when you look for a vacation rental in Eclectic. Book your reservation in a roomy, dreamy chalet in the woods, a charming house by the lake with its own boat dock, or a small, rustic cabin. Eclectic’s claim to fame is the Lake Martin Amphitheatre, a hilltop open-air stage with lake views. The AMP hosts fishing tournaments, music events, and holiday fireworks.

4. Lake Shore Near Wood’s Island

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When you make the western side of the island your vacation epicenter, you are likely to see plenty of Wood’s Island. Choose a house or cabin near Young’s Ferry Road to stay extra close to the island. Although it is uninhabited, Wood’s Island has several hiking trails and is accessible by a land bridge during low water periods.

5. Waverly, Georgia

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When you want a vacation that takes you from the lake to the football field to the golf course, Waverly makes a perfect destination. Look for a historic vacation home in this quaint southern town to enjoy a location that’s 15 miles east of the lake; 15 miles northeast of Auburn University football; and 15 miles northwest of the Grand National Golf Course in Opelika.

6. Horseshoe Bend Park Area

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Step back in time when you book your all adults vacation in a Victorian home furnished with antiques, or a historic bed-and-breakfast inn. Bring along the kids and stay in a comfortable, modern villa or the cozy cabin in the area. For a fun-filled day of exploration, experience Cherokee Ridge Trails at Horseshoe Bend Park, where wild turkeys, eagles, owls, and other woodland birds live. Look for white rectangular blazes on trees or rocks to follow the trails. Picnic tables in the park make good places to relax after an adventure.

7. Fishpond, Alabama

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Let nature soothe your jangled nerves in a secluded cottage near Fishpond, or opt for a casual waterfront cottage at the northwestern tip of the lake. Imagine your family whiling away the evening after a day of riding horses at Russell Lands on Lake Martin. The hammock beckons you to rest while the steaks cook on the grill and the kid’s splash at the lake’s edge. This is just what the doctor ordered.

8. Southern Tip of the Lake

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Check into a lovely lakefront cabin at the southern tip of the lake for easy access to Goat Island, or Billy Goat Island, as some call it. Herds of goats live there from time-to-time, and vacationers may see the friendly creatures upon visiting the primitive little island.

9. Jackson’s Gap

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Kick back in a sweet condo or a suave townhouse in Jackson’s Gap. Enjoy the convenience of washers and dryers located in the rental units in town as well as private backyard patios. Lakeside cabins put you on the water for fishing, swimming, and boating without having to drive to the lake. For a little nightlife, try Shakyz Karaoke Bar located in town, where the locals welcome you to join the party.

10. Lake Shore Near Chimney Rock Island

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Whether you rent a charming lake house or cozy lake cabin, Lake Martin features many popular attractions including sandy beaches and its islands. Stay near Chimney Rock Island to view its huge rock formation that looks like a chimney. Boaters enjoy parking in front of Chimney Rock to watch people climb the 60 feet to the top and dive into the lake.