When most people think of Alabama, they don’t often picture the dramatic, heavenly vistas found in J.R.R Tolkien’s Rivendell or the peaceful, rolling landscapes of The Shire. If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy (books versus movies is a whole different debate), you’re about to become a fan of one of the most beautiful and magical places in The Cotton State: Dismals Canyon. Dismals Canyon in Alabama is reminiscent of Tolkien’s “Middle Earth,” and it’ll give you an up-close look at Alabama’s enchanting side. One thing is for sure: as one of the most beautiful places in the entire state, you’ll want to bring your camera with you as you embark on this spectacular outdoor adventure!

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For more information about trails, hours, facilities, and guidelines, be sure to visit the Dismals Canyon website.

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Our state is filled with many magical places, and this scenic area is just one of many. Be sure to read more about Alabama’s hidden gems, or take a road trip to some of our favorites. In fact, why not take a few road trips, while you’re at it? (You’ll want to enjoy the FULL breadth of Alabama’s scenery, after all.)

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Does Alabama have any hidden gems?

Yes! As you may have guessed from the above article, Dismals Canyon is truly unique yet by no means the only hidden gem in Alabama worth visiting. Some other must-see destinations in the state include:

  • The town of Mooresville
  • Little River Canyon National Preserve
  • Ave Maria Grotto
  • Natural Bridge
  • Rosenbaum House
  • Dauphin House
  • Tinglewood Trail
  • Harmony Park Safari
  • Alabama Booksmith
  • Bangor Cave.

 

Be sure to read our previous article to learn more about these fascinating must-see destinations in Alabama.

Where can I go in Alabama that only the locals know about?

There are plenty of places located throughout Alabama that are known the world over. Yet there are equally as many lesser-known gems that only the locals know about. Are you curious to experience these places? If so, the following list offers a fascinating insight into Alabama's best hidden gems:

  • Spectre Set Ruins
  • The Museum of Wonder in Seale
  • The Grave of Miss Baker in Huntsville
  • Neversink Pit in Fackler
  • The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum
  • Cheaha Mountain in Delta
  • Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham
  • The Moundville Archaeological Site

 

What are the best easy hikes in Alabama?

If you're looking for some family-friendly hikes that won't take you all day, Alabama has some incredible options. Some of the best easy hikes in Alabama include:

  • Caney Creek Falls Trail
  • Madison County Nature Trail
  • Falling Rock Falls
  • Martin Wildlife Park Trail
  • Lost Falls Trail
  • Pine Beach Trail
  • Aldridge Gardens Trail
  • Pulpit Rock Trail.

 

Check out even more easy hikes to add to your outdoor bucket list.

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