If you’re the ultimate adventure seeker, there’s no better place to be than right here in Alabama. From hiking to rock climbing, and canoeing to spelunking, there are many different types of outdoor adventures located throughout this great state. Listed below are 10 once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures you can do in Alabama.
1. Take a hike through the Sipsey Wilderness.
The Sipsey Wilderness is located within North Alabama's Bankhead National Forest. Because of its numerous trails, this wilderness area is a hiker's paradise.
2. Go spelunking in Neversink Pit.
This 162ft open air pit, located in Jackson County, attracts cavers from all over the world. And not only is Neversink Pit perfect for exploring, it's also one of the most photographed sinkholes in the world.
3. Visit the historic grounds of Fort Gaines.
Established in 1821, this historic fort, located on Dauphin Island, is best known for its involvement in the American Civil War's Battle of Mobile Bay. If you're a fan of American history, this historic site is a definite must visit.
4. Spend an afternoon exploring Dismals Canyon.
Located in Phil Campbell, Dismals Canyon is a beautiful oasis and home to dismalites - insects that glow at night. This picturesque canyon is also home to two gorgeous waterfalls: Secret Falls and Rainbow Falls (pictured).
5. Take a tour of Cathedral Caverns.
Cathedral Caverns is located in Marshall County and is home to Goliath - the world's largest stalagmite. When it comes to commercial caves, Cathedral Caverns has the widest entrance in the world - 25 feet tall by 128 feet wide.
6. Go canoeing or kayaking down the Cahaba River.
The Cahaba River is approximately 194 miles long - making it Alabama's longest free-flowing river. It's also one of the most popular spots for canoeing or kayaking.
7. Take a hike to DeSoto Falls.
This 104ft waterfall, located on top of Lookout Mountain, is one of the most-visited waterfalls in Alabama. It's also one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the South.
8. Explore the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.
The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, located in Gulf Shores, is a wildlife habitat for a variety of migratory birds. During migratory season, new species of birds are always being identified.
9. Go rock climbing at Cherokee Rock Village.
This 200-acre park, located near the town of Leesburg, features large boulders that date back as far as 300 million years. Cherokee Rock Village attracts rock climbers from all over the Southeast.
10. Take a hike to Russell Cave.
Russell Cave is located near the town of Bridgeport. And with a mapped length of 7.2 miles, it's Alabama's third longest mapped cave. What makes Russell Cave really interesting is the fact that evidence of prehistoric man was discovered there.