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CR 12: Acapulco Rock vs. 'Chimney Rock'

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At Lake Martin you see it all, boaters, Sea Doo's, swimmers,  jumpers, and some amazing homes.   It's been a warm weather hot spot for almost 90 years.

"Lake Martin, if you look at it's history, the superintendent of the dam in the summer of 1926 said the flow on the Tallapoosa River had stopped and the lake was forming," said Russell Lands employee Robert Gunn. "It didn't take a lot of time to dam the 44 thousand acres and 750 miles of shoreline."

If you've been out on the water, there are some places that just stand out.

"Newcomers and people who've come here all their lives, we all know where the rock is," Gunn says

But what you might not realize is what folks call "Chimney Rock" is actually Acapulco Rock. Chimney Rock even has a chimney shaped boulder up top, and that's a spot that nobody is jumping from.

It's a different story at the popular painted hangout. On weekends Acapulco Rock is packed, and jumpers aren't the only attraction, the always changing artwork gets folks talking too.   And how the painters do their work is kind of a mystery.

"Some of it you can stand on the rocks, but some of the others you would have to tie off, but I've never been over here and caught someone painting," Gunn said.

The paintings celebrate favorite teams and remember lives lost too soon, like former Auburn football player Philip Lutzenkirchen.

One things for sure, the rocky canvas is always changing. So whether you call it "Chimney Rock" or it's real name "Acapulco Rock," this place is always rocking.

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