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.

Life with Pets

BY LAURA MCGILL

From dog-friendly lodging and laid back restaurants to Gulf Coast beaches and plenty-of-room-to- roam state parks, these stops welcome your favorite canine.

Gulf Coast Beaches

Dauphin Island’s public strands and Fort Morgan’s bayside beach allow leashed dogs to run on the sands and frolic in the waves. Just be sure to pick up any waste. Most Alabama beaches do not allow dogs; Dauphin Island’s public beach is an exception. Leashed dogs are allowed.

Remy’s Dog Park

These six acres of dog-dedicated space inside Birmingham’s Red Mountain Park include a special-needs area for dogs that are physically challenged, elderly, injured or simply shy.

Back Forty Beer Co.

This Gadsden brewery earns nods for its beer, but also for its puppy love. Dogs are welcome on the front porch, where they have access to water and mini pools. Also, the first Tuesday of the month is Yappy Hour.

Pirates Cove

New state legislation enables restaurants to allow...

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Cruising The Natchez Trace Parkway

Discover Alabama’s scenic portion of this popular three-state, 444-mile designated National Scenic Byway and All-American...
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Experience Alabama’s Appalachian Foothills Region

Warmer and longer days are ahead which means it’s a great time of the year to spend outdoors enjoying Mother Nature. When...
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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...
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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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Find an Alabama Outdoor Experience

Explore outdoor locations and attractions you should visit the next time you're here.
Outdoor Recreation Site
195 Recreation Drive
Oxford, AL 36203
A League of Our Own was designed to give special needs children the opportunity to do what all children should have a chance to do……..play baseball.
Outdoor Recreation Site
200 Jim Spain Drive
Florence, AL 35630
A colorful treasure hunt! The Alabama Barn Quilt Trail is a collection of hand painted renderings of traditional patchwork quilt blocks displayed on barns all across Alabama. Take a drive through the beautiful Alabama countryside and tour the trail.
Botanical Gardens
3530 Lorna Road
Hoover, AL 35216
30-acre public garden nestled in the heart of Hoover Alabama, featuring walking trails through beautiful plantings and a five acre lake. A premier venue for events such as weddings, receptions and corporate meetings.
Campground
761 County Road 941
Crane Hill, AL 35053
Come and tour our beautiful and bountiful facilities and reserve a campsite for your next vacation!
State Park
County Road 174
Grove Oak, AL 35975