Alabama is a state that boasts a myriad of natural treasures and incredible landscapes that anyone who loves participating in outdoor activities will love. If you are connected to the natural world and love to explore historical natural sites to catch a glimpse into what the past looked like, or you thrive on the physical activities of cycling, hiking, and swimming, Alabama really has more than you could ever ask for.
Below are some of the spots throughout Alabama that you must make sure to add to your list if you really want to take in the beauty of nature while you are in this truly vibrant state.
1. Gulf Shores
If you thoroughly love beautiful beaches, be sure to visit Gulf Shores with its pure, white sand beaches found along the Gulf of Mexico’s crystal clear waters that are rich with marine life from sea turtles to dolphins and a variety of fish species. Sunbathe, swim, or go exploring along the dunes, backwaters, and bayous that are found here as well.
2. Noccalula Falls
Noccalula Falls is, by far, one of the most magnificent of all of the waterfalls found in the southern part of the United States. Located in Gadsden, you can reach the falls by exploring the 250-acre public park that leads to this extraordinary place, where you will be able to take in the 90-foot falls before setting off on the trails that will lead you further into the caves, dam and gorge. Other attractions throughout the park include botanical gardens, a mini golf course, and a Native American fort, to name just a few.
3. Russell Cave National Monument
You will find it very difficult to find another place like this in any other part of the United States, especially if you love exploring the oldest parts of nature. Russell Cave is located in a park that covers 300 acres and is near the city of Bridgeport. Sure, you can explore everything above ground, but the magic really happens before your eyes when you venture underground, into the caves that used to house humans during prehistoric times. This is better than any museum, as you get to walk through the seven miles of underground trails that people had inhabited since before 10,000 BC.
4. Cheaha Mountain
The Cheaha Mountain resort state park, located in Cleburne, is where you will be able to experience the highest elevations in the entire state. Mount Cheaha rises to 2,500 feet and is part of the Talladega Mountain Range. Trek through forests to find amazing waterfalls, breathe in the crisp, fresh air, enjoy the scenic lakes, and then stay at Bunker Tower, where you will find a restaurant, campgrounds, cabins, and hotel rooms.
5. Cathedral Caverns State Park
If you love exploring caves, this is a place you must visit. It contains the widest natural entrance to any cave in the world, and it is a truly incredible place to explore, with its natural stalactites, massive columns and stone walls, frozen waterfalls and high ceilings.