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Alabama Outdoors

Experience the best of Alabama outdoors! 22 state parks, eight national parks, and numerous nature preserves provide boundless opportunities to canoe, fish, hike, camp, and enjoy the great outdoors. From the foothills of the Appalachians to the white beaches of the Gulf, Alabama is a land of natural wonders. Each season in Alabama brings a beautiful change for adventurers to enjoy. Whether you want to hike across the mountaintops, explore caves and caverns, or enjoy the beauty of waterways and trails, Alabama outdoors has an exciting experience waiting just around the next trail bend. Camp under the stars, hike in the mountains, canoe down winding rivers, wander through lush forests, or soak up the sun on beautiful white beaches. Find an Alabama outdoor experience near you today with our selected list of featured locations.

Explore Alabama’s Diverse Outdoors

From the foothills of the Appalachian Trail to the Gulf Coast, take it all in.


Tweets & Eats: A Journey from North Alab...

All thoughts and opinions are my own. You’re likely familiar with Alabama’s deep history, vibrant culture and warm southern hospitality.

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Glamping Under the Stars

With 48,000 acres available and new funding to improve the experience, camping in Alabama’s state parks comes with all kinds of options, including luxury.

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An Alabama (Travel) 2024 Bucket List

The new year is quickly approaching and so is the time for planning exciting trips and lots of fun adventures in the coming year. We invite you to embark on a journey through the heart of the Deep South as we unveil Alabama’s captivating travel bucket list for 2024.

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Alabama's Hidden Gem: Fort Payne

Nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Fort Payne is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This charming, small Alabama town holds a special vibe all its own.

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Ultimate Travel Guide to the Coastal Reg...

Kelsey and I were invited by Alabama Tourism to head to the coastal region of Alabama for a birding campaign. We were so excited to visit as this was one of the first big tourism trips we received.

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Our Top Picks for Outdoor Fun in Norther...

Who’s ready for some out of state fun?! We recently took a trip to Northern Alabama for my birthday (because when the waterfalls aren’t flowing in Arkansas in August, you’ve gotta go chase them somewhere else!).

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Bird Watching in Alabama: Road Tripping ...

Whether you’re an avid birder with years of experience or a newcomer (like me) to the world of birdwatching, Alabama promises an unforgettable experience for all enthusiasts during the Year of Alabama Birding in 2023.

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On Lake Time

Summertime, and the livin’s easy, so the song goes. People love to escape the hustle and bustle of the city during the summer, and there’s no better place to find a slower pace in the summer than on the lake.

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At Home on the Road

RVers find a range of places in Alabama to pull in overnight, from primitive sites to resort-like accommodations, many of which are located within easy distance of top attractions.

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Alabama's Best Hikes

Alabama has some of the best hiking trails in the Southeast. The trails are filled with twists and turns, waterfalls, mountainous terrain and bluffs, creeks, intriguing creatures and exotic plant life.

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Alabama’s Gulf Coast Is a Great Place to...

Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast is in the direct path of migratory birds during their spring return to the north.

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Soar with Eagles This Winter!

Lake Guntersville is gearing up for its 37th Annual Eagle Awareness Weekends beginning Jan. 20.

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Experience the Natural Wonders of Alabam...

Alabama is chock-full of natural wonders from majestic caverns, rivers, wetlands, scenic hiking trails, and birding trails.

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A Blazing Trail

You don’t need to travel to America’s northeast for New England-like foliage. ALABAMA HAS ALL THE GOLDS, ORANGES AND CRIMSONS YOU NEED FOR A PERFECT AUTUMN ROAD TRIP.

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Experience Life on One of Alabama’s Pris...

At over 1,400 miles, Alabama’s waterways are the most navigable in the nation. This includes 16 lock-and-dam structures and six river systems.

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Light Up Your Night By Exploring Dismals...

Tucked away near the tiny town of Phil Campbell, Alabama, is a natural wonder like no other, Dismals Canyon.

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Life with Pets

Knowing where to “stay” and where to “roll over” when traveling with pets helps ensure a successful vacation for all.

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Splash Around in Alabama

Five ways to cool off in Alabama when temperatures soar.

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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 Road.

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Experience Alabama’s Appalachian Foothil...

Warmer and longer days are ahead which means it’s a great time of the year to spend outdoors enjoying Mother Nature. When it comes to the great outdoors, Alabama does not disappoint.

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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.

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Northeast Alabama: See the Vibrant Color...

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 Th...

The City of Auburn was settled by John Harper and others from the state of Georgia in 1836. The city’s name was inspired by Oliver Goldsmith’s poem “The Deserted Village."

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Lake Guntersville, An End-of-the-Summer...

With summer winding down, many are looking for a last-minute getaway. Lake Guntersville State Park offers many family-friendly outdoor activities for a beautiful, scenic end-of-the-summer getaway.

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Weekend Getaways in Alabama

Are you and your significant other in need of a weekend getaway? Alabama has got you covered. From boutique hotels to luxury beach resorts, there’s a special place perfect for you and your special someone.

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Experience Holiday Magic in Alabama

Holiday nights are best spent under dazzling light displays. So, grab the kids, pack the car and get ready to enter a holiday wonderland that you can experience all season long.

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Take in The Fall Foliage in Sweet Home A...

As the greens of summer begin to surrender to glittering yellow poplars, scarlet dogwoods and orange maples, Sweet Home Alabama unfolds its patchwork quilt of colors. Here are five places where you can enjoy the beautiful fall foliage across the state.

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Alabama's 7 Natural Wonders

Go for a hike, a bike, or a stroll through picturesque mountains, layered canyons and scenic valleys in Sweet Home Alabama. After you’ve done that, take a cool dip in one of the many cascading waterfalls or winding rivers that you will find hidden throughout the wilderness. If trekking through ...

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Escape to a Peaceful Oasis on Alabama's ...

Bounded by sugar-white sands and warm turquoise saltwater, Alabama’s Gulf Coast provides a place to escape from the mundane. As you lounge on a beach chair feeling the salty sea breeze against your skin, you finally get the chance to read that book that’s been gathering dust on the nightstand, ...

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5 Natural Wonders to Enjoy on Your Next ...

If you’re hitting the open road, sometimes the trip is more about the ride than the destination. Here's a list of a few natural wonders from Sweet Home Alabama to enjoy without having to leave your vehicle.

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Go on a Whitewater Adventure in Sweet Ho...

It’s officially summertime in Sweet Home Alabama, and there’s no better way to beat the heat than with a whitewater adventure. Luckily for you, Alabama has plenty of whitewater experiences all across the state. Although there are rapids for all levels of experience, we encourage everyone to follow the proper safety precautions on each whitewater adventure they embark on.

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Alabama's Natural Wonders

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

Couple walking along the shoreline at an Alabama beach

Gulf Coast Beaches

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Landscape view with rocks at Mount Cheaha, AL

Mount Cheaha

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Inside view of Cathedral Caverns in Alabama

Cathedral Caverns

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People kayaking in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, AL

The Mobile-Tensaw Delta

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Person exploring rock formations at Dismals Canyon, AL

Dismals Canyon

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Natural bridge rock formation in Alabama

Natural Bridge

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Find an Alabama Outdoor Experience

Explore Alabama outdoor locations and attractions you should visit the next time you're here.
Vacation Rental
5441 Houston Windle Road
Aliceville, AL 35442
Alabama Lake Lodge-Vacation Rental-Fishing Club

Golf Course
1501 Dozier Road
Montgomery, AL 36117
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Outdoor Recreati...
U.S. 43
Forkland, AL
Driving along Hwy. 43 between Demopolis and Eutaw, Bird's Farm is a large field containing amusing c...

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850 Ross Street
Heflin, AL 36264
Experiences abound in Downtown Heflin. From our award winning winery, abundance of boutique shopping...