Here in Alabama, we’re lucky to be surrounded by different types of beautiful scenery. From towering forests and scenic canyons, to flowing creeks and beautiful preserves, Alabama’s natural scenic beauty will definitely bring out the explorer in you.
Listed below are 12 outdoor activities in Alabama that make it easy for people of all ages to connect with nature. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, these outdoor activities are absolutely free. Check them out!
1. Go hiking in the Sipsey Wilderness.
The Sipsey Wilderness, which is located within North Alabama's William B. Bankhead National Forest, is one of the Southeast's top hiking spots.
2. Experience a gorgeous sunset on Dauphin Island.
Dauphin Island is known as the "Sunset Capital of Alabama," so it only makes sense that this is the perfect place to experience a gorgeous sunset.
3. Visit the Audubon Bird Sanctuary for an afternoon of bird watching.
While you're on Dauphin Island, be sure to visit the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Dauphin Island is one of the top four places in North America for bird migrations, and the Audubon Bird Sanctuary is one of the top birding spots in the Southeast. (211 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528)
4. Go paddling down Cypress Creek.
Cypress Creek, located in Lauderdale County, is a popular stream that's used for kayaking and canoeing, in addition to fishing. It's the perfect place to cool off during Alabama's hot summer months.
5. Spend an afternoon hiking at Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve.
Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve, which is located in Colbert County, covers 700+ acres and offers 11 miles of hiking trails. (251 Loop Rd, Tuscumbia, AL 35674)
6. Take a ride along the Chief Ladiga Trail.
The Chief Ladiga Trail stretches for 33 miles from the Alabama-Georgia line to Anniston. This scenic trail is a fantastic way to experience cycling in Alabama.
7. Spend a day exploring Hurricane Creek Park.
Hurricane Creek Park is located within the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and offers more than 60 acres of natural trails, waterfalls and a variety of wildlife. (22600 US Highway 31, Vinemont, AL 35179)
8. Go hiking on the Pinhoti Trail.
The Pinhoti Trail, which is located in Alabama and Georgia, is 339 miles long. Of these 339 miles, 171.2 are in Alabama. The Pinhoti Trail is Alabama's longest foot trail.
9. Stroll the grounds of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens covers 67.5 acres and is Alabama's largest living museum. This top attraction is open year-round and admission is always free. (2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223)
10. Discover the natural beauty of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, located a few miles north of Birmingham, covers nearly 500 acres and is considered one of the most beautiful places in the Southeast. (3906 Turkey Creek Rd, Pinson, AL 35126)
11. Hike the Walls of Jericho Trail.
The Walls of Jericho, located near Hytop, covers more than 21,000 acres, and the Walls of Jericho Trail is a 6 mile out-and-back trail with a "difficult" rating. It may be strenuous, but it's completely worth it.
12. Spend a relaxing day on one of Alabama's beautiful Gulf Coast beaches.
Alabama's beautiful Gulf Coast beaches make for the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Would you participate in any of these outdoor activities? What other free outdoor activities would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!
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