Located in western Jefferson County, Alabama, the community of Rock Mountain Lakes encompasses an area on both sides of Rock Mountain. Two lakes, Big Griffin and Little Griffin, are on the south side of the mountain and three lakes, Big Lake, Grantham, and Ellis, are located on the north side. Homes are located on the waterfront of all five lakes, and the 375 homes in the community have access to all of the lakes.
The land has a rich history dating back more than 10,000 years when hunter-gatherers made their camps here and hunted large animals, which eventually became extinct. After Native Americans learned to farm, they built villages on the many creeks that flow through the area. After the Creeks ceded their land here to the United States in 1814, the area was opened up to settlers.
By the end of the 1940s, almost all of the people living here found jobs in town, and they sold their land for just a few dollars an acre to timber companies. When the timber companies finished harvesting the trees, they no longer wanted to hold the land. Developers purchased the land, built the five lakes, and opened them to the public for fishing. All five lakes were stocked with bass, bluegills, shellcrackers, crappie, and catfish.
Many of those fishermen enjoyed the lakes so much that they bought lots and built homes. Word eventually got around that Rock Mountain Lakes was a wonderful place to live– surrounded by nature, yet close to town.
By the mid-1970s, all five lakes were closed to the public for fishing, and the Rock Mountain Lakes Landowners’ Association was organized to manage the community property and maintain the lakes.
You will not find another place like Rock Mountain Lakes, anywhere. Spend some time on this website and look at the pictures. I’m sure you will agree!
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