Alabama Attractions, Day Trips August 28, 2020
This Natural Wonders Day Trip Lets You Experience Alabama Like Never Before
Alabama is home to many incredible natural wonders, and one of the best ways to experience them is to take a day trip. Listed below, we’ve mapped a route that includes seven of the Yellowhammer State’s best natural wonders. Because this route has a driving distance of only 433 miles, every natural wonder can be visited within the same day. Of course, this all depends on how long you wish to stay at each one.
For a quick look at these seven natural wonders, take a look below.
for complete driving directions.
1. Cathedral Caverns — Woodville
Cathedral Caverns, the main attraction at Cathedral Caverns State Park, is one of the South's top cave destinations. It also has one of the largest cave entrances in the world, which measures 25 feet high and 126 feet wide. Each year, cave enthusiasts come from all over the world to visit this natural wonder.
2. Noccalula Falls — Gadsden
Noccalula Falls is the main attraction at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama. This 90-foot waterfall is also one of the state's most-visited natural attractions.
3. Cheaha Mountain — Talladega National Forest
Cheaha Mountain, which is surrounded by the Talladega National Forest, has an elevation of 2,411 feet. This makes it Alabama's highest natural point. Cheaha Mountain is also home to Cheaha State Park, which is the state's oldest continually operated state park.
4. Rickwood Caverns — Warrior
Rickwood Caverns, the main attraction at Rickwood Caverns State Park in Warrior, Alabama, is a massive network of caverns. This natural wonder truly stands out because it's made up of 260-million-year-old formations, some of which are still actively living. Rickwood Caverns State Park is a definite must-visit for cave enthusiasts of all ages.
5. Natural Bridge — Haleyville
Natural Bridge is the main attraction at Alabama's Natural Bridge Park. With a length of 148 feet, it's also the longest natural bridge east of the Rocky Mountains. Many experts believe Natural Bridge is also more than 200 million years old.
6. Dismals Canyon — Phil Campbell
Dismals Canyon in Phil Campbell, Alabama is one of the most unique places in the world. What makes this canyon so incredibly unique is the fact that it's one of the few places in the world where dismalites live, which are rare insects that resemble glowworms.
7. Sipsey Wilderness — William B. Bankhead National Forest
The Sipsey Wilderness, which is located within North Alabama's William B. Bankhead National Forest, covers approximately 25,000 acres and is one of the South's top hiking destinations. Hikers travel from all over the world to explore this wilderness area.
Have you ever visited any of these seven natural wonders? If so, please share your experience(s) with us in the comments.
For more information about North Alabama’s Sipsey Wilderness, be sure to take a look at the following article:
This One Wilderness Spot In Alabama Will Bring Out The Explorer In You. Address: Cathedral Caverns State Park, 637 Cave Rd, Woodville, AL 35776, USA Address: Noccalula Falls Park & Campground, 1500 Noccalula Rd, Gadsden, AL 35904, USA Address: Cheaha Mountain, Alabama 36258, USA Address: Rickwood Caverns State Park, 370 Rickwood Park Rd, Warrior, AL 35180, USA Address: Natural Bridge Park, Co Rd 3500, Haleyville, AL 35565, USA Address: Dismals Canyon, 901 County Rd 8, Phil Campbell, AL 35581, USA Address: Sipsey Wilderness, Mt Hope, AL 35651, USA