Are you feeling adventurous? If so, you’re in luck. There are many places in Alabama where you can be as adventurous as you’d like, including the 12 places listed below.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Little River Canyon National Preserve
Little River Canyon National Preserve is located at the top of Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne. Popular recreational activities that are enjoyed by adventure seekers include fishing, swimming, hunting and camping.
2. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1980, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect adventure spot for animal lovers. Visitors of this wildlife refuge will have the opportunity to see migratory birds, sea turtles and the endangered Alabama beach mouse while walking one of the refuge's five trails.
3. Cherokee Rock Village
Cherokee Rock Village, located in Leesburg, is a 200-acre park with massive sandstone boulders measuring up to 200 feet high and dating back 300 million years. Today, this attraction is known for its stunning views and popularity among rock climbers.
4. Sipsey Wilderness
The Sipsey Wilderness is part of the William Bankhead National Forest in northwestern Alabama. With endless trails, this particular area is a hiker's paradise.
5. Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, located in Pinson, is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the Southeast. The most popular area of this preserve is Turkey Creek Falls (pictured). For those feeling adventurous, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve offers a five-mile national recreational trail system, wonderful swimming areas and fantastic fishing spots.
6. Oak Mountain State Park
At 9,940 acres, Oak Mountain State Park is Alabama's largest state park. With 51 miles of trails and 140+ campsites, it's safe to say that hikers and campers love visiting this park when they're feeling adventurous.
7. Cathedral Caverns State Park
When Alabama cavers are feeling adventurous, they can often be found exploring Cathedral Caverns, which is located in Marshall County. This cave was originally referred to as "Bats Cave."
8. Cahaba River
At 194 miles long, the Cahaba River is Alabama's longest free-flowing river. It's also among the most scenic and biologically diverse rivers in the U.S. Canoeing and kayaking are the two most popular recreational activities enjoyed on this river.
9. DeSoto State Park
DeSoto State Park is located on Lookout Mountain, approximately eight miles northeast of Fort Payne. This wonderful state park features 25 miles of hiking trails, 11 miles of mountain biking trails and several campsites for those feeling adventurous and wanting to get away from it all.
10. Cheaha State Park
Cheaha State Park, located in Clay and Cleburne counties, is home to Mt. Cheaha - Alabama's highest point. For those who enjoy hiking, this is the perfect place to visit any time of the year.
11. Neversink Pit
Cavers from all over the world are attracted to this 162ft open air pit because of its beautiful waterfalls and rare ferns that cover the walls. Neversink Pit, located in Jackson County, is the ultimate attraction for those feeling adventurous. In addition to Neversink Pit being one of the most beautiful places you'll ever explore, it's also one of the most photographed sinkholes in the world.
12. Lake Guntersville
At 69,000 acres, Lake Guntersville, which is located in north Alabama, is the state's largest lake. Swimming, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing and fishing are just a few of the water sports enjoyed by those visiting this beautiful lake.
Have you visited any of these adventurous places? Where in Alabama do you go when you’re feeling adventurous?