Nature July 11, 2019
9 Beautiful Nature Spots In Alabama That Are Just Waiting To Be Discovered
It’s no secret Alabama is a nature lover’s dream. From caves and canyons, to parks and preserves, there are many beautiful nature spots waiting to be discovered here in the Yellowhammer State, including the nine listed below. Check them out!
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1. Natural Bridge - Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge, the main feature of Natural Bridge Park, is one of Alabama's most magnificent natural wonders. With a height of 60 feet and a length of 148 feet, it's also the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. Natural Bridge is believed to be more than 200 million years old. Address: County Road 314, Natural Bridge, AL, 35577
2. Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge - West Blocton
The Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 2002, is located along the Cahaba River - Alabama's longest free-flowing river. It's also home to the world's largest stand of Cahaba lilies. Address: County Road 24, West Blocton, AL, 35184
3. Perry Lakes Park - Marion
Perry Lakes Park is one of Alabama's most unique parks. It features several interpretive trails, which makes it a must-visit for anyone who enjoys hiking. Address: Alabama Highway 175, Marion, AL, 36756
Perry Lakes Park was temporarily closed due to storm damage in 2020, and as of publication is undergoing restoration efforts.
4. Dismals Canyon - Phil Campbell
Dismals Canyon is located off the beaten path in rural North Alabama. It covers approximately 85 acres and is home to dismalites, which are very rare insects that resemble glowworms. Address: 901 Highway 8, Phil Campbell, AL, 35581
5. Neversink Pit - Fackler
Neversink Pit is an amazing limestone sinkhole with a 162-foot drop. It's also Alabama's most photographed sinkhole. Cavers from around the world travel to the Yellowhammer State to visit this incredible nature spot.
6. Wilderness Park - Prattville
Wilderness Park is quite possibly Alabama's most unique park because of the bamboo forest that's hidden inside it. Interestingly, some of the bamboo stalks are as tall as 60 feet. During the Vietnam War, the US military used this actual bamboo forest for training purposes. Address: 800 Upper Kingston Road, Prattville, AL, 36067
7. White Cliffs of Epes - Epes
The White Cliffs of Epes are located along the Tombigbee River in Epes, Alabama. This group of chalk formations are among Alabama's greatest natural wonders. They were deposited around 70 million years ago, which was around the same time England's White Cliffs of Dover were deposited. Address: 26867 US Highway 11, Epes, AL, 35460
8. Turkey Creek Nature Preserve - Pinson
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, which covers nearly 500 acres, is among the Southeast's most beautiful nature spots. It's also home to one of Alabama's most stunning waterfalls. Address: 3906 Turkey Creek Road, Pinson, AL, 35126
9. Weathington Park - Section
Weathington Park, which covers 13 acres, is one of Alabama's newest parks. Unless you're from the area, you might not know it exists. This beautiful park offers a great view of the Tennessee River, and it's also a wonderful spot to experience a spectacular sunset. Address: Tammy Little Drive, Section, AL, 35771
Have you been to any of these beautiful nature spots in Alabama? If so, what did you think? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
For a list of more nature spots in Alabama that are worth a visit, click here.