Scenic Outdoors

From the foothills of the Appalachians through countless river valleys to the sugar white beaches of the Gulf, natural wonders abound for the explorer in you. From caves and caverns to towering mountaintops, adventure awaits. Marvel in the beauty of our many trails and waterways that is sure to take you off the beaten path. The 22 state parks, which encompass 48,000 acres of land and water, provide endless opportunities to fish, camp, canoe, hike and enjoy the great outdoors. Each season in Alabama brings a beautiful change for adventurers to enjoy all year long.

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Winter Hiking at its Best in Alabama

Don’t let the colder weather stop you from getting outside this winter. A hike during the winter months can relax the senses and keep you on track to achieving your fitness goals. Here’s our list of the top five spots for a perfect winter hike:

Bankhead National Forest and the Sipsey Wilderness - Jasper:

There are over 90 miles of recreational trails in the Bankhead National Forest. Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding as well as riding the trails with an all-terrain vehicle. The Sipsey Wilderness also offers hiking and horseback riding on specific trails. Group hiking is limited to 10 people, and motorized vehicles are not allowed in the Sipsey Wilderness. 

Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve - Tuscumbia:

This 700-acre nature preserve offers 11 miles of hiking trails. The preserve has native plants and animals among interesting rock formations, waterfalls, scenic views, and creeks to wade in. There are also camping sites and picnicking spots.

Wheeler National Refuge - Decatur:

Established in 1938 by President...

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Northeast Alabama: One of the best areas for viewing the vibrant colors of fall.

Escape this fall and enjoy the splendor of the season by taking a road trip to Alabama’s hidden gem in the mountains.
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What to see and do in the Auburn area this fall

The City of Auburn was settled by John Harper and others from the state of Georgia in 1836. The city’s name was inspired...
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Lake Guntersville is the perfect spot for an end-of-the-summer getaway

With summer winding down, many are looking for a last-minute getaway. Lake Guntersville State Park offers many...
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Featured Locations & Events

Whether it's bird watching or hiking, Alabama has some of the greatest outdoor experiences waiting for you.

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Alabama's Natural Wonders

From towering mountain ranges to pristine beaches, natural wonders abound here in Alabama.

Gulf Coast Beaches

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Mount Cheaha

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Cathedral Caverns

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The Mobile-Tensaw Delta

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Dismals Canyon

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Natural Bridge

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Gulf Coast Beaches

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Mount Cheaha

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Cathedral Caverns

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The Mobile-Tensaw Delta

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Dismals Canyon

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Natural Bridge

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Find an Alabama Outdoor Experience

Explore outdoor locations and attractions you should visit the next time you're here.
Outdoor Recreation Site
1398 County Road 5
Lineville, AL 36266
A full-service prospecting camp with experienced guides. Rental equipment cabins, campground and prospecting store. Venturing into the great outdoors allows us to breath clean air once again while enjoying nature. This location ha...
Historic Site
126 East 4th Street
Anniston, AL 36201
A true intermodal facility, the depot is also served by the city’s bus system and acts as the interchange point for all lines. Amtrak Crescent line stops daily,
Outdoor Recreation Site
1300 Bradley Avenue
Bay Minette, AL 36507
City of Bay Minette Muncipal Pool Complex
Campground
23601 Perdido Beach Boulevard
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Campground
12307 CR 6
Castleberry, AL 36432