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.

Cruising The Natchez Trace Parkway

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

BY LAURA MCGILL


Whether you are traveling the Natchez Trace Parkway by bike, car, motorcycle or RV, you are on the road to a history-packed, nature-filled adventure. The parkway, which roughly follows the historic Natchez Trace between Franklin, Tennessee, and Natchez, Mississippi, has been under the care of the National Park Service since 1938, but the stories it shares date back more than 10,000 years.

The trace long served as a vital travel path for Native Americans, European settlers, slave traders, soldiers and many others, both nameless and famous (Meriwether Lewis, John James Audubon and Ulysses S. Grant, for example), who used the corridor first for following game and later for commerce. As the number of travelers increased, inns, or stands, popped up to provide places to rest and to eat. The comforts were few, and the way often was fraught with danger due to bandits and highwaymen.

Traveling the modern parkway’s 33 miles in Alabama, with a 50 mile-per-hour speed limit for most of the route and pretty views, provides an opportunity to imagine all those souls who journeyed here before you and to contemplate the beauty of Alabama’s northwest corner. Plan to stop at six sites to enjoy small...

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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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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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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.
Outfitter Or Equipment Rental
101 Marina Street
Riverside, AL 35135
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Campground
1727 Convict Camp Road
Guntersville, AL 35976
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Outfitter Or Equipment Rental
100 Industrial Park Drive
Pelham, AL 35124
Recreational scuba diving and dive training facility. Visit website for more information.
Outdoor Recreation Site
1312 Louise Drive Southeast
Jacksonville, AL 36265
This Off-Road Vehicle Park welcomes every type of off-road vehicle and features a vast trail system and campground.
Hotel Or Motel
1325 Old Walker Chapel Road
Fultondale, AL 35068