From state parks to historic landmarks, and scenic canyons to wildlife refuges, many incredible places are located throughout Alabama that are perfect for exploring. Let’s take a look at nine of these incredible places below.
1. Dauphin Island
Dauphin Island, located in Mobile County, Alabama, is a popular vacation spot on Alabama's gorgeous Gulf Coast. Fishing is a popular recreational activity enjoyed by many of the tourists, in addition to several hiking trails.
2. Neversink Pit
Cavers from all around the world love exploring this gorgeous 162ft open air pit. Neversink Pit is located in Jackson County, Alabama and is one of the most photographed sinkholes in the world.
3. Dismals Canyon
Dismals Canyon, located in Phil Campbell, Alabama, is an 85-acre nature preserve and one of only a few places where dismalites live. While exploring this gorgeous canyon, guests will stumble upon two stunning waterfalls - Secret Falls and Rainbow Falls (pictured).
4. Moundville Archaeological Park
Moundville Archaeological Park is located on the banks of the Black Warrior River near Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This historical park contains the remains of one of the largest prehistoric Native American settlements in the U.S., and approximately 40,000 tourists explore this historic area each year.
5. Perry Lakes Park
Perry Lakes Park, located in Marion, Alabama, is a 700-acre park consisting of three oxbow swamp lakes, a hardwood forest with trails, and a picnic area with a pavilion. This stunning area is great for birding, fishing and canoeing.
6. Fort Morgan
Visitors of Fort Morgan enjoy exploring the grounds of this historic masonry star fort. Fort Morgan is located at the mouth of Mobile Bay and is the site where several naval battles were fought. If you're a history lover, this is a great place to spend an afternoon exploring.
7. Monte Sano State Park
Monte Sano State Park, located in Huntsville, Alabama, is made up of 2,140 acres and provides its visitors with incredible hiking and biking opportunities, in addition to fresh air and amazing views.
8. Lake Guntersville State Park
Lake Guntersville State Park is home to Lake Guntersville, Alabama's largest lake (69,000 acres). Visitors of Lake Guntersville State Park enjoy several outdoor recreational activities, including camping, fishing, hiking, boating and horseback riding.
9. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1980, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge encompasses nearly 7,000 acres and is located on Alabama's Gulf Coast. This incredible refuge is open year-round for hiking, fishing and wildlife observation. Nature lovers always look forward to exploring this coastal area.
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