Although the lion's share of Phenix City is located in adjacent Russell County, part of the community stretches into Lee County as well. The city grew up along the west bank of the Chattahoochee River, which forms the boundary between the states of Alabama and Georgia. Known as the "Gateway to East Alabama," the city is ideally located across the river from the expansive urban amenities in Columbus, Georgia. Phenix City community offers a welcome retreat from urban bustle while it provides well-developed commercial conveniences and recreational opportunities. Lush parks are filled with unique features like fishing areas, a jogging track, a nature trail, outdoor volleyball courts, tennis courts, sports fields, a public swimming pool, and picnic facilities with grills. Recently renovated, the John LaFoy-designed 18-hole golf course includes a clubhouse and a practice facility with target greens. The homes in this area range from charming historic properties in the heart of the city to affordable new construction or country manors on spacious lots.