From things to do, to things to see, Wetumpka has something for everyone. Located in Central Alabama, Wetumpka is the County Seat of Elmore County, which is Alabama's third fastest growing county. Wetumpka offers small-town living with the convenience of big-city ammenities only minutes away in Montgomery. Annual Special Events include Christmas on the Coosa, the Coosa River Whitewater Festival, Frontier Days, Riverfest, Earth Day, Adventure Race, and the Coosa River Challenge. Wetumpka, Alabama, is the economic center of Elmore County, is located in one of the fastest growth areas in the state. The favorable location, just minutes from the State Capital of Montgomery, provides opportunities in all areas of business and commerce, as well as personal needs. Abundant in lore and legend, Wetumpka (an Indian term meaning rumbling waters) is rich in aboriginal history. DeSoto's expeditions traversed the area nearly 500 years ago and found a palisade village built around A.D. 1000. In 1717 the French established Fort Toulouse as a military outpost and trading center, which was the beginning of an important trade hub for the entire area and continues to the present. Downtown Wetumpka is located on the banks of the Coosa River where rocks and rapids halt all navigation northward. The Coosa joins the Tallapoosa River just south of town to form the Alabama River providing a navigable water route to the Gulf of Mexico. The city sits in the scenic, southern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains with elevation ranging from a low point of 150 feet above sea level on the west side of the Coosa River to a high point of 540 feet on Bald Knob Mountain, the eroded remains of a meteorite crater which blasted into the bedrock millions of years ago. The moderate climate with warm summers, mild winters, and moderate rainfall affords year round activities with minimum disruptions due to weather events.