Despite its moniker, Flat Rock Park – a popular sunbathing and fishing spot on the shores of Lake Harris – has not always been a flat rock.
Flat Rock Park opened in 1995 as one of five day-use parks operated by Alabama Power. Before that, the 25 acres of smooth-top granite grabbed the eye of project designers in need of material rugged enough to tame the waters of the Tallapoosa River.
The planners built a quarry in 1977 to convert the outcropping into more than 1 million tons of pulverized granite used as riprap, embankment material and mix aggregate for the more than 400,000 cubic yards of concrete poured over 5,000 tons of reinforced steel that would become Harris Dam. A testament to their work, an island of quarried granite can be seen from Flat Rock Park today.
Thousands of visitors flock to this unique park each year. Amenities include pavilions, picnic tables, grills, restrooms, swimming and fishing areas and a nature trail.