Many incredible places are scattered throughout Alabama. However, some can be quite dangerous if they’re not approached carefully. The following eight places are some of the most dangerous spots in Alabama. Always use extreme caution when approaching these areas.
1. Cathedral Caverns
Cathedral Caverns, located in Woodville, Alabama, is home to some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created. However, this cave is still dangerous if not approached carefully. As with any other cave, always wear a helmet (or hard hat) to protect your head while exploring Cathedral Caverns.
2. Alabama's Gulf Coast
Alabama's Gulf Coast is the state's top vacation destination. While on the beach, always keep a close eye on the water. In recent years, many sharks have been spotted near the shoreline. Also, keep a close eye on the flags. If they tell you to stay out of the water, stay out of it. Hurricanes have also affected Alabama's Gulf Coast, so be careful while visiting during hurricane season.
3. Neversink Pit
Cavers from all over the world are attracted to Neversink Pit, a 162-ft. open air pit in Jackson County, Alabama. Neversink Pit is one of the most photographed sinkholes in the world and should only be explored by experienced cavers.
4. Sipsey Wilderness
The Sipsey Wilderness, a major part of the William Bankhead National Forest in northwestern Alabama, is one of the most popular hiking areas in the state. With more than 45 miles of trails, the Sipsey Wilderness is a hiker's paradise. Due to numerous sandstone cliffs, this area can become very dangerous--especially when these cliffs become slippery. Always watch your step while hiking the Sipsey Wilderness.
5. Mt. Cheaha
Mt. Cheaha, located near Delta, Alabama, has an elevation of 2,411 feet, making it Alabama's highest natural point. This incredible mountain offers many breathtaking views, in addition to fantastic hiking opportunities. The Pulpit Rock Trail, one of Mt. Cheaha's most popular trails, may only be half a mile in length, but its descent down the mountain is very steep. Be careful!
6. Coosa River
The Coosa River is, without a doubt, one of Alabama's most beautiful rivers. However, it's also one of the state's most dangerous. Sure, this river may seem calm at first, but once the rapids become wild, you had better hold on. If you're a fan of whitewater rafting or kayaking, this is the perfect river for you. If not, you may want to visit a river that's much calmer. Luckily, Alabama has many wonderful rivers to choose from.
7. Lake Eufaula
Lake Eufaula may be known as the "Bass Fishing Capital of the World," but there's another type of wildlife that's been discovered in and around the lake in recent years. That type of wildlife is alligators. As a matter of fact, a record-breaking alligator was pulled from Lake Eufaula in August 2015 that weighed in at 920 pounds. Always remember to use extreme caution while on Lake Eufaula.
8. Walls of Jericho Trail
The Walls of Jericho Trail, located in Estillfork, Alabama, is approximately 3.5 miles long and plunges 900 feet into the "Walls" of beautiful waterfalls and rock formations. This is one of the most difficult hiking trails in Alabama.
Have you been to any of these dangerous spots in Alabama? What other dangerous spots would you add to the list?