8 Natural Wonders Unique To The Yellowhammer State That Should Be On Everyone's Alabama Bucket List
Alabama boasts many natural wonders. From massive caves and picturesque canyons, to beautiful waterfalls and majestic mountains, we’re fortunate to live in a state that has lots of beautiful natural scenery all around us. Listed below are eight natural wonders in Alabama that belong on everyone’s bucket list. You’ll want to visit each one.
1. Little River Canyon - Fort Payne
Little River Canyon National Preserve, 4322 Little River Trail #100, Fort Payne, AL 35967, USA
Little River Canyon is located atop of beautiful Lookout Mountain and is best known as the
"Grand Canyon of the East." It's also home to Little River, which happens to be one of the nation's
longest mountaintop rivers.
2. Natural Bridge - Haleyville
Natural Bridge Park, Co Rd 3500, Haleyville, AL 35565, USA
Natural Bridge, the main attraction at Natural Bridge Park, has a height of 60 feet and a length of 148 feet, making it the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. Interestingly, many experts also believe Alabama's Natural Bridge is more than 200 million years old.
3. Cahaba Lilies - West Blocton
Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, 3WXQ+6MJ, West Blocton, AL 35184, USA
The Cahaba lily is a beautiful white flower that grows within the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge. It's not just a few lilies that bloom here. In fact, it's actually several stands of lilies. The Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is home to the world's largest known stand of Cahaba lilies, which usually bloom from mid-May to mid-June.
4. Mount Cheaha - Delta
Mount Cheaha, Delta, AL 36258, USA
Mount Cheaha, also known as Cheaha Mountain, is home to Cheaha State Park, Alabama's oldest state park. It's also the highest natural point in Alabama. Mount Cheaha is a great place to experience some of Alabama's most breathtaking views.
5. Noccalula Falls - Gadsden
Noccalula Falls Park & Campground, 1500 Noccalula Rd, Gadsden, AL 35904, USA
Noccalula Falls is the main attraction at Noccalula Falls Park. It's a 90-foot-tall waterfall that flows into a lush ravine. It's also one of the most visited natural attractions in Alabama. People travel from near and far to see this beautiful waterfall up close. Noccalula Falls has also been referred to as "Alabama's Niagara Falls."
6. Boulders at Cherokee Rock Village - Leesburg
Cherokee Rock Village, 2000 County Rd 70, Leesburg, AL 35983, USA
The boulders that make up Alabama's Cherokee Rock Village are truly amazing! Some are as tall as 200 feet, and they also date back approximately 300 million years. Over the years, numerous people have visited Cherokee Rock Village to climb these massive boulders, making this park one of the nation's top rock climbing destinations.
7. Cathedral Caverns - Woodville
Cathedral Caverns State Park, 637 Cave Rd, Woodville, AL 35776, USA
Cathedral Caverns is the main attraction at Cathedral Caverns State Park. One of the many things that makes this cave truly unique is the size of its entrance. It has a height of 25 feet and a width of 126 feet, making it one of the world's largest cave entrances.
8. Dismals Canyon - Phil Campbell
Dismals Canyon, 901 County Rd 8, Phil Campbell, AL 35581, USA
Dismals Canyon is an 85-acre preserve that's located off the beaten path within the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. What makes this natural wonder a truly remarkable place to visit is the fact that it's one of the few places in the world where dismalites, rare glowworm-like insects, live.
Have you ever been to any of these eight natural wonders in Alabama? If so, please share your experience(s) with us in the comments below.
For more information about Cherokee Rock Village, be sure to take a look at the following article:
There’s A Rock Village In Alabama And It Has An Incredible History.
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