Wildlife and Nature

Nature Trails: 5 outdoor adventures in Alabama

Rebecca Harley

18th March 2024

A man explores nature in North Alabama

Alabama is full of exciting experiences for those that love to be in the great outdoors. The region’s 22 state parks, eight national parks, and endless nature reserves make it an ideal destination for fishing, hiking, climbing, canoeing, camping, and exploring.

Alabama Scenic River Trail

Explore outdoor Alabama from the water. Thrill-seekers can paddle all 6,300 miles of waterways, which includes waterfalls, babbling creeks, multi-class whitewater, and mountain streams. But if this is your first time, let the experts guide you to an area that is more suitable.

Kayaking in Alabama

Image courtesy of Alabama Tourism

Cherokee Rock Village

This 200-acre park with its famous sandstone boulders, was once inhabited by Native Americans, and is said to be of great religious and ceremonial importance. It’s natural beauty and location boasting views over Weiss Lake and the surrounding valleys make it a popular destination for hiking, climbing, bouldering, mountain biking, and bird watching.

Noccalula Falls

Put your hiking boots on and explore the 500-acre Noccalula Falls Park. Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, a series of paved trails allow you to admire the landscaped grounds, including a botanical garden and the stunning Noccalula Falls, a 90-foot waterfall situated in the heart of Black Creek. The park also has a picnic pavilion and two miniature trains that offer a great way to see the sights if you don’t fancy the walk.

Noccalula Falls

Alabama Bass Trail

Keen anglers will want to add one (or two) of Alabama’s 13 premier bass-fishing lakes to their itinerary. Boasting mild weather and a plentiful supply of fish, Alabama boasts perfect year-round fishing destinations. You just need to decide which lake you visit first!

Gulf Coast Sailing

Book a tranquil sunset sail and be captivated by the sight of dolphins, osprey, bald eagles, and other incredible wildlife in their natural habitat. Don’t forget your camera – you’ll want to capture lots of stunning photographs as the sun goes down on this unmissable experience.

To discover more outdoor adventures in Alabama, browse our range of holidays to the Deep South.

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