• Brandi Perry

10 Outdoor Adventures to have in Northeast Alabama

1. Walls of Jericho, Estillfork, Alabama

Walls of Jericho Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estillfork, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

2. High Falls State Park, 969 County Road 144, Grove Oak, AL 35975

Located just south of Lake Guntersville, formed by the Tennessee River, High Falls is an impressive site at times of high flow. Approximately 35 feet high and up to 300 feet across, the falls make for a beautiful site at the end of a short hike.

3. Cathedral Caverns State Park, 637 Cave Road, Woodville, AL 35776

Cathedral Caverns State Park is a publicly owned recreation area and natural history preserve located Woodville, Alabama in Marshall County The park's main feature, first known as Bats Cave, was developed as a tourist attraction in the 1950s. Cathedral Caverns was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1972 and opened a state park in 2000. The public portion of the cave extends along 8 foot wide, wheelchair accessible, concrete walkways for about 3500 feet.

4. Pisgah Gorge, Pisgah Civitan Park, Pisgah, AL

Located behind the Pisgah Civitan Park in Pisgah, Alabama is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the entire state. When you arrive you will see the parking for the gorge. Go to the back of the park and past the pavilion. The trail starts here and will lead you to the rim of the falls. There are two look out points and the out and back trip is a little less than a mile.

5. Dismals Canyon, 901 County Road 8, Phil Campbell, AL

Dismals Canyon is a sandstone gorge near Phil Campbell, Alabama. It was declared a National Natural Landmark in May 1974. Dismals Canyon is one of only a few places where insects called dismalites can be found. The larval forms of these flies emit a bright blue-green light to attract food and mates.

6. Lake Guntersville State Park, 24 State Campground Road, Guntersville, AL

This park ranges over 6,000 acres of natural woodlands and includes an 18-hole championship golf course, a beach complex, fishing center, hiking trails, nature programs and a day-use area. They also offer the most amazing zipline adventure ever! The Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures is a world class experience with the best staff!

7. Russell’s Cave, 3729 County Road 98, Bridgeport, AL

Russell Cave has an exceptionally large main entrance, which was used for thousands of years as a shelter by cultures of prehistoric Indians, from approximately 6500 BCE, the period of earliest-known human settlement in the southeastern United States, to 1650 CE and the period of European Colonization. It is believed to have primarily served as a seasonal winter shelter. The people relied on the surrounding forest to gather produce and hunt for game and fish, stone and game for tools, and wood fuel for fires. Guided tours of the shelter area are available. With a mapped length of 7.2 miles Russell Cave is the third-longest mapped cave in Alabama. It is ranked 90th on the United States Long Cave List and is listed as number 314 on the World Long Cave List. Caving is no longer allowed inside the cave. The grounds also offer hiking trails that scale the mountain.

8. Lake Guntersville Bat Cave, Guntersville, AL

Lake Guntersville is home to the Hambrick Bat Cave which house more than 60,000 gray bats. During the summer months, you can witness them emerge from the cave or their nightly feeding. The cave is only accessible by boat. Here’s where the kayaking comes in. Unphiltered Kayaking offers a guided trip! This family friendly, 2 mile round trip is for anyone 6 and up.

9. Scenic Bikeways in North Alabama, Throughout the Mountain Lakes Region, http://scenicbikeways.com/home/alabama-mountain-lakes/#russell

Northeast Alabama is ideal for cycling adventures both long and short, with miles and miles of wide-open low-traffic farm roads interspersed with scenic views of the Tennessee River and its tributaries and coves. Adding to the picturesque charm of the rural countryside are towering ridges that provide a dramatic backdrop to the farmland as well as a serious challenge for those brave enough to pedal to the top! With deep history (some of which dates back 10,000 years) and charming towns, the Alabama Mountain Lakes region is an intriguing and inviting landscape for exploring by bike! These trails range from 14 to 41 miles so there is literally something for everyone.

10. Bucks Pocket State Park, 393 County Road 174, Grove Oak, AL 35975

Secluded in a natural pocket of the Appalachian Mountain foothills, the canyon pocket itself is on an upstream tributary of Lake Guntersville. Seven miles down stream at Morgan’s Cove is a boat launch and fishing area on Lake Guntersville, noted for spectacular bass fishing. Buck’s Pocket & Morgan’s Cove is also part of the North Alabama Birding Trail!

Located in three counties (DeKalb, Jackson and Marshall), the Cherokee Indians once lived on what now is park land before the Trail of Tears. The area was also used for growing coffee and olives by the French during the 1700s and later for logging in the 1940s. As local legend goes, Buck’s Pocket also served as a retreat for defeated public officials after unsuccessful elections. Visitors to the park can enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing, camping, and beautiful canyon views.

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