There’s no denying that Alabama is a wonderful place to call home or visit. If you call Alabama home, or visit here often, you’ll agree that it’s hard to leave. After all, nothing compares to the natural scenic beauty that’s found throughout the Yellowhammer State. There are many gorgeous places in Alabama that make it incredibly hard to leave, including the 10 listed below. How many of these gorgeous places have you visited?
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1. Magnolia Springs
Magnolia Springs, which is located in Baldwin County, is one of Alabama's most charming small towns. What makes this town truly stand out from others in the state, and even country, is that it's the only town in the U.S. that has a year-round postal mail delivery service by water. This unique town is a definite must-visit!
2. Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve - Tuscumbia
Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve covers approximately 700 acres and is one of Alabama's top hiking locations. In addition to its 15 miles of hiking trails, this hidden gem also features waterfalls, streams, boulders, and more. Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve is, without a doubt, an outdoorsman's paradise.
(251 Loop Rd)
3. Lake Guntersville
Lake Guntersville, which is located between the cities of Bridgeport and Guntersville, covers approximately 69,000 acres - making it Alabama's largest lake. From fishing and swimming, to boating and skiing, this gorgeous lake offers a variety of recreational activities for anyone who loves the outdoors.
4. Dismals Canyon - Phil Campbell
Dismals Canyon, which covers approximately 85 acres, is one of Alabama's true hidden gems. Its most unique feature is that it's one of the few places in the world where rare insects called dismalites live. After just one visit to Dismals Canyon, you'll be counting down the days until you can return. It's such a beautiful place!
(901 Hwy 8)
5. Bellingrath Gardens and Home - Theodore
Bellingrath Gardens and Home, which is located just outside of Mobile, is one of Alabama's top outdoor attractions. It features a stunning 65-acre garden and the estate home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. Covering approximately 900 acres, Bellingrath Gardens and Home is the perfect place to visit on a spring day. (12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd)
6. Little River Canyon National Preserve - Fort Payne
Little River Canyon National Preserve is located atop Lookout Mountain and is one of the most beautiful places in the Southeast. It offers a variety of outdoor activities, including swimming, kayaking, hiking, and camping. One of Little River Canyon National Preserve's main features is Little River Falls, which is located above.
(4322 Little River Trail NE)
7. Cheaha State Park - Delta
To experience one of the best views in Alabama, a visit to Cheaha State Park is a must! Cheaha State Park is located atop Cheaha Mountain, which is Alabama's highest natural point. In addition to gorgeous views, Cheaha State Park also offers stunning waterfalls, scenic trails, a variety of wildlife, and more.
(19644 Hwy 281)
8. Turkey Creek Nature Preserve - Pinson
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is one of Alabama's most beautiful nature spots. Without a doubt, the most popular area of this scenic preserve is Turkey Creek Falls, which is pictured above. Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is the perfect place to visit during springtime.
(3906 Turkey Creek Rd)
9. William B. Bankhead National Forest
The William B. Bankhead National Forest, which is located in Northwest Alabama and best known as the Bankhead National Forest, is one of the South's top hiking destinations. The Sipsey Wilderness area of this National Forest receives hikers from all over the world. While exploring the William B. Bankhead National Forest, you'll encounter waterfalls, canyons, boulders, and so much more.
10. Gulf Coast Beaches
Here in Alabama, we're fortunate that we don't have to travel far to enjoy some of the finest beaches in the world. Our beautiful Gulf Coast beaches attract people from all over the Southeast and beyond. After just one visit, it's easy to understand why. Our Gulf Coast beaches are incredible!
Where in Alabama do you think is the most gorgeous place to visit? Let us know in the comments!
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