Attractions October 02, 2018
7 Destinations Way Up North In Alabama That Are So Worth The Drive
Many beautiful places are located throughout Alabama, including several outdoor spots in the northern region of the state. From scenic parks to gorgeous preserves, you never know what you’ll come across while exploring our great state. Listed below are seven North Alabama destinations that you’ll most definitely want to add to your outdoor bucket list. They’re so worth the drive!
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1. Lake Guntersville State Park - Guntersville
Lake Guntersville State Park, which covers approximately 6,000 acres, is located on the eastern shore of Lake Guntersville. Covering 69,000 acres, Lake Guntersville is Alabama's largest lake. Because of the variety of activities the park offers, including hiking, boating, and fishing, Lake Guntersville State park is considered one of Alabama's best overall state parks. You can visit Lake Guntersville State Park at 1155 Lodge Dr., Guntersville, AL 35976.
2. Little River Canyon National Preserve - Fort Payne
Little River Canyon National Preserve is located atop Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne, Alabama. Best known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," this scenic preserve offers a variety of recreational activities such as hiking, camping, swimming, and more. It's a definite must-visit for anyone who loves the outdoors. You can visit Little River Canyon National Preserve at 4322 Little River Trl. NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967.
3. Town of Mentone
With less than 500 residents, Mentone is one of Alabama's smallest towns. It also has the highest elevation of any Alabama town and offers the most incredible views.
4. Weathington Park - Section
Weathington Park is one of Alabama's best-kept secrets. Located just outside of Scottsboro, Weathington Park covers 13 acres and is the perfect place for an afternoon picnic. This little-known park offers an amazing view of the Tennessee River. You can visit Weathington Park at Tammy Little Dr., Section, AL 35771.
5. Madison County Nature Trail - Huntsville
The Madison County Nature Trail, which covers 72 acres, is a scenic park that's perfect for a family day trip. In addition to its 1.5-mile walking trail, this park also features a covered bridge, a chapel, a log cabin, and more. The Madison County Nature Trail is a definite must-visit for nature and history lovers of all ages. You can visit the Madison County Nature Trail at 5000 Nature Trail Rd. SE, Huntsville, AL 35803.
6. Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve - Tuscumbia
Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve covers approximately 700 acres and is one of North Alabama's true hidden gems. This scenic preserve features 15 miles of hiking trails, lovely waterfalls, spectacular views, and more. It's a must-visit for anyone wanting to get closer to nature. You can visit Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve at 251 Loop Rd., Tuscumbia, AL 35674.
7. Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge - Decatur
The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, which covers 35,000 acres, is located along the beautiful Tennessee River near Decatur. It's used as a breeding spot for migratory birds and offers a variety of recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, and more. The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is a must-visit for all nature lovers. You can visit the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge at 3121 Visitor Center Rd., Decatur, AL 35603.
Have you been to any of these seven North Alabama destinations? If so, please share your experience(s) with us in the comments.
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