Sure, a bridge may be “just a bridge,” but there’s something quite special about covered bridges in Alabama. What makes these structures so special is their history; some are among the most historic places in Alabama. They’re also among the most charming places in Alabama. Sadly, many covered bridges in Alabama are no longer standing. However, the following covered bridges in Alabama are still standing – and still as charming as ever.

Have you been to any of these covered bridges in Alabama? Which covered bridges did we miss? Know of other charming places in Alabama? Or, maybe you’re familiar with some abandoned places in Alabama? Whatever it is, tell us!

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Covered Bridges In Alabama

What are some must-visit historic places in Alabama?

Among the must-visit historic places in Alabama are:

  • Ivy Green, which is more commonly known as the Helen Keller Birthplace. Most everyone knows the story of Helen Keller, but only in Alabama can you get a firsthand look at her early years. As her birthplace and childhood home, Ivy Green in Tuscumbia boasts an incredible history. Visitors can view the Keller family’s original furnishings, hundreds of personal mementos, books from a lifetime of travels, gifts, and more. For an extra special treat, visit Ivy Green in June or July, when the drama, “The Miracle Worker” is performed at the home daily.
  • Joseph T. Smitherman Historic Building which is the oldest building in Alabama and once served as a masonic school before it was a Civil War hospital.


Aside from covered bridges in Alabama, what are some other charming places in Alabama?

The following are some additional charming places in Alabama:

  • Orr Park is located in Montevallo. The 40-acre park, which borders Shoal Creek, has been dubbed “one of the most unique parks and nature preserves in the South.” Definitely worthy of the recognition, it’s got all the typical park amenities, like athletic fields, pavilions, and a gazebo. But its best (and most magical) feature is Tinglewood, a forest filled with magical tree carvings. The magical forest was created by Tim Tingle, a coal miner by trade, who on his own accord, transformed damaged trees into whimsical works of art.
  • Head to Aldridge Gardens and take a beautiful hike through its gardens.


Are there any abandoned places in Alabama?

There are several abandoned places in Alabama including the most intriguing Spectre Film Set. A fictional town, Spectre was built on Jackson Island as a set for the 2003 movie “Big Fish.” Once filming wrapped, the property owners asked that the set be left as is – instead of being bulldozed, which was the norm. Not surprisingly, the Spectre Film Set has grown into a popular destination and one of the most unique abandoned places in Alabama.

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