Andalusia AL Area Guide

Heather Murphy (left) and Ashley Eiland, Executive Vice-President of the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce

Andalusia, Alabama is the County Seat of Covington County and is situated approx 85 miles south of Montgomery, 135 miles northeast of Mobile, and approx 80 miles west of Dothan. Andalusia is also only 1.5 hours from the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast.  It has a population of approx 9,000 with a trade area of approx 250,000.  It is the largest city in this section of Alabama. 

Andalusia offers some of the regions best amenities.  Whether you work in the city or on the farm, everyone in Andalusia is just minutes away from the areas best shopping, schools ,edical facilities, churches and work.

Andalusia History

The first settlement was named Montazuma located on the Conecuh River.  Because of flooding and yellow fever epedemic, the settlement moved to the present site of the City Square of Andalusia in 1844.

Legend has it that Andrew Jackson came through the area after the war of 1812 from South Carolina enroute to New Oreleans.  He cut three notches on trees as he passed through this wilderness to enable him to find his way back.  Andalusia has a East Three Notch Street, South Three Notch Street, and a North Three Notch Street while Troy, Alabama has a North Three Notch Street and a South Three Notch Street.  These streets are suppose to lie on the famous “Three Notch Trail”.

The word Andalusia is a combination of two Spanish words: Ande meaning “to walk” and Lutler which means “easy”.  So Andalusia means “to walk easy”. 

Andalusia Parks & Recreation

Andalusia, besides being a place of commerce and industry, is one of Covington Countys most sought after residential areas. That being the case, the city takes the recreational needs of its citizens very seriously. The Andalusia Department of Parks and Recreation maintain a number of parks throughout the city, ranging from small neighborhood parks to larger ones. Below is some information on some of the citys most popular parks, read more about them and others through the accompanying link at the bottom.

Dream Park
Dream Station is a community built playground and an outdoor family facility which includes creative and imaginative childrens play area, picnic grounds, gazebos, and scenic walking trail. Opened in May of 1999, Dream Station is the result of the efforts of over 600 volunteers.

Johnson Park
The 40-acre Johnson Park serves as the youth athletic complex for Andalusia and includes 11 ball fields, full size gymnasium, and Johnson Skate Park.

Johnson Skate Park
This outdoor family facility includes a wide variety of obstacles that will challenge all ability levels of skateboarders and skaters alike. The park opens daily at sunrise and closes at 10 p.m. 

Robert Horry Park
Formerly North Cotton Street Park, the newly renovated Robert Horry Park was named in honor of Andalusia native Robert Horry. Robert honed his basketball skills on the court located here. He was a star athlete at Andalusia High School and the University of Alabama. Robert is also a member of 5 NBA World Championship Teams.

 Andalusia Events

Kiwanis Community Center
Andalusia also provides its residents with the best in terms of recreational escapes as well. The various attractions throughout Andalusia will have all members of the family from all walks of life both entertained and engaged. Read more about Andalusias various attractions through the link at the bottom of this section.

Homespun Country Hoedown April
An exciting fun-filled day of activities and entertainment is planned for your enjoyment which will include gospel & country music, dancing, contests, door prizes and much more. 

Halloween on the Square October 31

A host of little ghosts, goblins, and fairy tale characters will enjoy music at Andalusias favorite event, the Halloween on the Square. Halloween on the Square provides relaxation for our youth of all ages and a safe place for the kids to trick-or-treat. 

Red Garter Review- Local talent performs an entertaining production in February or March once a year

Civitan Rodeo - The Andalusia Civitan Club sponsors a visit from the American Cowboy Association

Storybook Festival - 4 children's fairy tales are acted out in Robinson Park in the Spring time.

Covington Arts Council - Brings a variety of performing arts to Andalusia from Shakespeare and Ballets (The Nutcracker) to symphony orchestras and plays. There are also numerous art shows by local artists demonstrating the wide range of craft and art skills found in this area. 

World Championship Domino tournament – Sponsored by the Andalusia Rotary Club.  Players from across the country compete to be called the world’s best.

Andalusia Regional Hospital

For more information on Andalusia, AL, visit the official website by clicking here

For the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce website, click here.