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Sheilavehla
Alpharetta, GA842 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
OK you could say I am a groupie since I’ve been to the real Stonehenge in England, and I’ve also been to FoamHenge in Virginia. It’s only logical that I would come here too.

It’s a great place to go for a walk. Although it’s kind of off the beaten track from any place. Plenty of areas to park and you just start walking. You’ll see almost full-size dinosaurs partially hidden in the woods. I guess we missed the big giant spider and the brontosaurus. I think everything‘s made out of fiberglass with a wood infrastructure.

There is no cost and there really aren’t any directional signs. You’ll see a car parked on the side of the road and that’s where you know to go. It is a partial representation of Stonehedge. Nowhere near the size. But it’s free and it’s close and it’s great exercise so just do it.
Written January 15, 2021
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Deb62862
Memphis, TN10,907 contributions
Nov 2021
This is kind of a goofy, off the beaten path thing to see if you're in the area. We went by one morning while visiting the area and stopped at both Bamahenge and the dinosaurs. Its unique for sure and a good time filler!
Written November 16, 2021
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Christine R
174 contributions
Dec 2019
Sometimes it's fun to stop and see the weird and they "huh" or they "why though?" when traveling. That is exactly what kind of stop you can expect at Bamahendge. You don't need to spend long here, but it's a fun place to go to take some pictures and stretch your legs. The kids absolutely loved it, and hey, it's free.
Written January 18, 2020
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patricia49er
Lillian, AL61 contributions
Mar 2020
This is a nice outing if you are in the area. Bring water, drinks and food. Also no bathrooms. Make sure you get down to the marina too. Beautiful . Seeing all the high end boats is interesting. Nothing else in the area. Very rural part of Alabama. Again make sure to use a bathroom first and brink drinks and snacks.
Written March 28, 2020
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tumbleweedchris
Richland, WA832 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
On a road to a fairly remote marina, you'll find the wonderful remnants from a giant thing fabricator. As you travel south on the road, you will run into some Roman columns on the right that are arranged in a circle with a statue in the middle. This is ok, but it is just a warmup. The next sight will be Bamahenge (also on the right) and is the only sight with a designated parking lot. The large slabs make a thunk thunk when you tap them. It's pretty nifty as far as Stonehenge replicas go. Next up, you will run into four dinosaurs. The T-Rex is the first and is on the right set back in the woods a little. This is one of the neater figures along the trail. The next two dinos are in the open on the right. Just set back from them is a giant sundial. The last dino is a bit tougher to find. The Brontosaurus is on the left (different than all the others) and is a little farther back in the woods. It's maybe 100-200 yards beyond the third dino. This is also a pretty nifty one, so don't skip it. As you get to the water, there are a few smaller statues of note. There is a large spider as you approach to the right and there are four knights in the woods to the left. The main attraction in this area is the Lady in the Lake. On the harbor among the boats is a giant woman bathing in the water. This is a great little trail for kitsch seekers. Most of these things I would track down by themselves, but the fact that they are lined up makes everything even better! Stop here when visiting Gulf Shores!
Written August 19, 2018
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Barrett L
Gulf Shores, AL801 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
I've known about this random group of structures in Elberta, Alabama for some time now and we finally checked it out yesterday.

With no explanatory signs, no signs or promotional advertising, no commercial
Bamahenge is an enigma. Others, like us, ask the question "how did it get here? Who built it and why?" (People ask those questions about Stonehenge in England, too).

But unlike prehistoric Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England from the Neolithic and Bronze Age are
two miles west of Amesbury with their standing stones, each13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weighing around 25 tons, their much newer. These same size replicas in the woods of Alabama, which look very much like their English cousins are actually made of fiberglass. It was constructed here by billionaire dairy magnate George W. Barber, of Barber marina, and there's an interesting history of how that happened.

In 1991, Barber had commissioned Virginia artist Mark Cline of Enchanted Castle Studios to design and install seven life-size dinosaurs
as lawn ornaments on one of his properties. While Cline was onsite repairing hurricane damage to those sculptures in 2006, Barber, asked him to build a life-size Stonehenge replica at his Vintage Motorsports Museum outside of Birmingham, AL. However by the time Cline was able to begin work on the project in 2012, Barber had relocated four of the dinosaurs to the grounds of Barber Marina and decided to instead install the Stonehenge replica on the marina grounds, in the woods just north of the dinosaurs.

While these replica stones are made of fiberglass, surprisingly hollow sounding when my daughter tapped on their sides, they were
engineered to be storm-proof, anchoring the megaliths with interior concrete and half-buried telephone poles, clever.

I have read quite a bit about Stonehenge over the years and, like many others, have been facinated by the mystery of their origins so since I haven't had the chance to travel to England this is the next best thing right here near my humble home. There's a pull off on the right side of the road with a small gravel parking area for 3-4 cars, but again no signs, and since it's approximately 200 yards off the road you have to be looking out for it. (we passed right by and had to turn around :-) The dinosaurs are a little further down the road and there's a beautiful marble fountain and huge steel spider at the marina itself at the end of the very nicely maintained roadway.

How to find all of this? Take US Hwy 98 either eight miles east of Foley, AL, or 21 miles west of Pensacola, FL. Turn south onto County Rd 95. Drive five miles. Turn right onto Fish Trap Rd. Drive a half-mile. Turn left at the Barber Marina sign. Drive 2.5 miles to the Barber Marina. 

Bottom line: Like the world's largest frying pan or ball of yarn it's one of those road warrior and travelers oddities only way cooler! Check it out!!
Written July 18, 2020
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Aaron M
Enterprise, AL114 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
This place is supposed to be an EXACT replica of Stonehenge, in scale and alignment. When you stand next to it, you realize just how much engineering went into creating the real thing.

Bonus for us, there was a teenage girl playing a violin there when we arrived. She was very good and played continuously through eerie Celtic music and star wars themes while my kids ran amok. Very cool.
Written March 23, 2016
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Lisa A
Tuscaloosa, AL18 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
I had read about the Barbour Marina and Bamahenge so we took off driving to find it. It’s pretty cool and we had fun searching for all the dinosaurs and things. We found Two knights in a wooded area next to the Marina. We also found a geocache in the area! Fun!
Written July 27, 2019
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Sherry G.
49 contributions
Nov 2017
This is definitely for those who want a different experience. It is a fun, out of the way thing to do and doesn't cost a thing but your gas to find the place. Definitely recommend for some great pictures!!
Written October 29, 2018
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Tyme4relaxing
Frenchburg, KY2,737 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
Directions:
Drive US Hwy 98 either eight miles east of Foley, AL, Turn south onto County Rd 95. Drive five miles. Turn right onto Fish Trap Rd. Drive a half-mile. Turn left at the Barber Marina sign. Drive one mile. You'll see Bamahenge on the right. Continue driving toward Barber Marina and you will pass several dinosaurs hidden in the woods. At the Marina you will find a beautiful fountain and a huge spider! It's all free and there for you to enjoy, just be respectful and leave them as you found them so others can enjoy as well.
Written August 30, 2016
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