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Alabama has four, and you can visit them all

Alabama has four, and you can visit them all
Alabama has four, and you can visit them all


We don’t have one in Montgomery, but you can take a road trip to see Buc-ee’s from one end of Alabama to the other

So you’ve heard of this mythical land of barbecue, beef jerky, fudge, candy-coated Beaver Nuggets, and of course, gas… but you’ve never been to Buc-ee’s?

That’s understandable, because we don’t have one in Montgomery or anywhere else in the River Region. Alabama has four so far, trailing only Texas, which has a whopping 37 locations.

If you look at the map, Alabama has an east-leaning, arc-shaped Buc-ee’s Trail that runs from the northern tip to the coast. If you want, you can drive from the tip of Alabama to the base of the state, stopping only at Buc-ee’s for food, supplies, restrooms (extremely clean), and gas or power at the huge gas station. You can even buy a change of clothes and stock up on home furnishings along the way. You really can find just about anything in a Buc-ee’s.

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If you’re looking for a summer road adventure that you can do in a day, here’s your Alabama Buc-ee’s hiking guide:

Stop 1: Athens

  • Location: Our journey begins in the north of the state with Buc-ee’s, 2328 Lindsay Lane South in Athens.
  • Shop specific items: Car wash, DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid), ethanol-free fuel, Mercedes-Benz high-performance universal charger
  • Attractions near Athens: Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives, shopping and dining at Athens Courthouse Square, Trinity/Fort Henderson Site
  • Distance to nearest Buc-ee’s in Leeds: 103 miles (one and a half hours)
  • Distance from Montgomery: Approximately 180 miles (2 hours and 40 minutes)

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Stop 2: Leeds

  • Location: Take I-65 south to 6900 Buc-ee’s Blvd. in Leeds, northeast of Birmingham.
  • Shop specific: DEF, ethanol-free fuel, Mercedes-Benz high-performance universal charger, Tesla supercharger
  • Attractions near Leeds: Barber Motorsports Park, The Shoppes of Grand River, Grand River Drive-in Theatre, Porsche Driving Experience
  • Distance to nearest Buc-ee’s in Auburn: 147.4 miles (2 hours 9 minutes via I-65 and I-85)
  • Distance from Montgomery: About 100 miles (one and a half hours)

Stop 3: Auburn

  • Location: Next up is Alabama’s newest Buc-ee’s, 2500 Buc-ee’s Blvd., Auburn.
  • Shop specific: DEF, ethanol-free fuel
  • Attractions near Auburn: Auburn University, Grand National (part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail), Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Jay and Susie Gouge Performing Arts Centre
  • Distance to the nearest Buc-ee’s in Loxley/Robertsdale: 213.2 miles (just over three hours)
  • Distance from Montgomery: This is the closest, about 55 miles east via I-85

Stop 4: Loxley/Robertsdale

Location: The last Buc-ee’s stop is just minutes from the Gulf Coast in Loxley, but has a Robertsdale address – 20403 County Road 68.

Shop specific: DEF, ethanol-free fuel, Mercedes-Benz high-performance universal charger, Tesla supercharger

Attractions near Loxley: The Gulf Coast Beach (of course), the Loxley Museum, the Veterans Memorial, canoeing and tube on the Styx River

Distance from Montgomery: Loxley/Robertsdale is about 160 miles away, approximately 2.5 hours

Starting from the beginning: From here, the drive to Buc-ee’s in Athens takes about five hours (549.8 miles). Depending on traffic, you should be able to get by without charging in an electric vehicle.

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More about Buc-ee’s

  • It doesn’t matter how early or late you arrive, and even if it’s a holiday, Buc-ee’s never closes.
  • It’s a huge store, so take some time to look around and take it all in.
  • Although there is plenty of food here, there is no seating area. Buc-ee’s is designed to keep people moving.
  • Buc-ee’s is a privately held company.
  • They sell gift cards called Beaver Bucks.
  • Three of the Alabama locations – Athens, Auburn and Leeds – sell corn for deer.
  • Buc-ee’s beaver mascot was designed and named after founder Arch “Beaver” Aplin III.
  • Learn more about Buc-ee’s online at buc-ees.com.

Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel covers activities in the River Region. Contact him at [email protected]

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