It’s no secret that Alabamians love the outdoors. Hiking, fishing, hunting and camping are just a few of the many outdoor activities loved by the people here in Alabama. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, you’re in luck because there are many outdoorsy things to do here in this great state.
Here are 10 amazing spots in Alabama to add to your bucket list if you love the outdoors:
1. Little River Canyon National Preserve
Located on the top of Lookout Mountain, near Fort Payne, is Little River Canyon National Preserve - one of Alabama's most beautiful spots. This area offers incredible camping, fishing and swimming opportunities.
2. Oak Mountain State Park
At nearly 10,000 acres, Oak Mountain State Park is Alabama's largest state park. This amazing state park, located in Pelham, features 51 miles of trails that hikers and mountain bikers can't get enough of. With more than 140 campsites throughout Oak Mountain State Park, it's no wonder it's such a popular camping destination.
3. Lake Guntersville
Lake Guntersville, located in Marshall County, consists of 69,000 acres - making it Alabama's largest lake. When it comes to water recreation, Lake Guntersville offers a lot, including boating, fishing, water skiing, swimming and kayaking.
4. Sipsey Wilderness
The Sipsey Wilderness is located within the Bankhead National Forest, near Double Springs. Due to its many trails and beautiful scenery, this wilderness area is a hiker's dream.
5. Neversink Pit
Neversink Pit, also known as Neversink Cave, is located in Jackson County, Alabama and is a must visit for cavers. This natural wonder attracts cavers from all over the world, and it's also the most photographed sinkhole in Alabama.
6. Audubon Bird Sanctuary
The Audubon Bird Sanctuary, located on Dauphin Island, is one of North America's top birding spots. Because there are many walking trails within the sanctuary, visitors are able to enjoy all of the surrounding scenery while catching glimpses of several bird species.
7. Dismals Canyon
Dismals Canyon is located in Phil Campbell, Alabama and is one of only a few places where dismalites live. This beautiful canyon features two waterfalls, Secret Falls and Rainbow Falls. It's also a great place for a short hike.
8. Cheaha State Park
Cheaha State Park, located in the town of Delta, is home to Mt. Cheaha - Alabama's highest natural point. If you enjoy experiencing incredible views, a visit to Cheaha State Park is an absolute must.
9. Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge
Located in central Alabama, this 3,500+ acre wildlife refuge has it all. Amazing scenery, beautiful wildlife and many recreational activities, including fishing and canoeing. At nearly 200 miles, the Cahaba River is Alabama's longest free-flowing river.
10. Cherokee Rock Village
Since the 1970s, Cherokee Rock Village has been a favorite destination among rock climbers. Located near the town of Leesburg, Cherokee Rock Village offers awesome rock climbing opportunities, and it's also a great place to experience spectacular views of Weiss Lake.
Have you visited any of these outdoorsy areas? What other places should people add to their bucket list if they’re a fan of the outdoors?