It’s no secret that Alabama is an outdoorsman’s paradise. From parks and preserves to canyons and lakes, there are many great places throughout the state that are perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors. When it comes to exploring Alabama’s great outdoors, the 10 places listed below are definite must-visits. Check them out!
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1. Sipsey Wilderness —
Bankhead National Forest
The Sipsey Wilderness is located within the Bankhead National Forest in North Alabama. Featuring 45 miles of trails, it's one of Alabama's best hiking spots. While hiking the Sipsey Wilderness, you'll encounter waterfalls, canyons, boulders, and more.
2. Little River Canyon National Preserve — Fort Payne
Little River Canyon National Preserve is located atop Lookout Mountain and is best known as the "Grand Canyon of the East." From hiking and camping to kayaking and fishing, Little River Canyon National Preserve offers a variety of recreational activities that are perfect for the outdoorsman. (4322 Little River Trail NE)
3. Lake Eufaula
Lake Eufaula (Walter F. George Lake), which is located on the Chattahoochee River, covers approximately 45,000 acres and is best known for its bass and crappie fishing. Interestingly, Lake Eufaula is nicknamed the "Bass Fishing Capital of the World."
4. Red Mountain Park — Birmingham
Red Mountain Park, which covers more than 1,500 acres, is hidden within a forest and offers a variety of unique courses that'll have you climbing, zipping, and repelling through the trees. While visiting Red Mountain Park, you'll also experience great city views and natural scenic landscapes. This unique adventure park is definitely worth checking out. (2011 Frankfurt Drive)
5. Cheaha State Park — Delta
The main feature of Cheaha State Park is Cheaha Mountain, which is Alabama's highest natural point. Cheaha State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, swimming, and fishing. It's the ultimate outdoor destination! (19644 Highway 281)
6. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge — Gulf Shores
The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1980, covers more than 7,000 acres and functions as a resting and feeding place for migratory birds. This refuge is one of the most beautiful places on Alabama's Gulf Coast, and it's also a great place for hiking. (12295 Alabama 180)
7. Turkey Creek Nature Preserve — Pinson
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is one of Alabama's most beautiful places. Covering nearly 500 acres, this scenic preserve is home to one of the best swimming spots in the state, and it also features a five-mile trail system that's great for hiking and running. Turkey Creek Nature Preserve's main feature is its beautiful waterfall, which is simply known as "The Falls." (3906 Turkey Creek Rd)
8. Oak Mountain State Park — Pelham
Covering nearly 10,000 acres, Oak Mountain State Park is Alabama's largest state park. It offers more than 50 miles of trails, and a few of its popular outdoor activities include hiking, biking, fishing, camping, swimming, and canoeing. Oak Mountain State Park is a must-visit for the entire family. (200 Terrace Dr)
9. Cathedral Caverns State Park — Woodville
The main attraction at Cathedral Caverns State Park is, of course, Cathedral Caverns. Cathedral Caverns has one of the world's largest cave entrances, and it's also home to "Goliath" — one of the world's largest stalagmites. If you're fascinated by historic caves, Cathedral Caverns is definitely one cave you'll want to visit. (637 Cave Rd)
10. Graham Creek Nature Preserve — Foley
Graham Creek Nature Preserve is Foley's best-kept secret. This nature preserve offers nearly 500 acres of natural habitats, which makes it the perfect place to spend an afternoon exploring. A few outdoor activities Graham Creek Nature Preserve offers include disc golf, hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, and more. (23460 Wolf Bay Dr)
Have you explored any of these nature spots in Alabama? If so, share your experience(s) with us!