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Visiting Alabama on Your Next Road Trip
Alabama’s natural beauty stretches from the gentle Appalachian foothills of the north to the Gulf coast’s sandy shores in the south. Plus enjoy a variety of Alabama campgrounds along your way, from small, rustic tent campgrounds to the best Alabama RV camping resorts the state has to offer.
The northern segment of this state is renowned for outstanding fishing and boating, and visitors here experience wonders like rushing waterfalls and cool caves. William E. Bankhead National Forest in Double Springs contains four separate zones offering diverse samples of Alabama’s great outdoors, as well as the Sipsey Wilderness, the largest such preserve east of the Mississippi River. Brushy Lake Recreation Area has scenic hiking trails and excellent opportunities for boater and anglers. The Clear Creek territory at Smith Lake features sandy beaches for swimming and a picturesque, lakeside bike trail. At Corinth Recreation Area, picnicking and swimming are popular options, while at the more isolated Houston area, visitors enjoy quiet explorations of Smith Lake.
Rickwood Caverns State Park is located in Warrior, near Birmingham. This unique recreation area boasts a "miracle mile" of subterranean caverns with limestone deposits dating back (gasp!) an astounding 260 million years. Rickwood’s exhibition cave contains such curiosities as an underground pool and sightless fish that have never been exposed to the light of day. The park also offers more typical amusements – a big swimming pool, walking trails and a miniature train tour, just for kicks.
There’s more than the NASCAR speedway in Talladega. Travelers shouldn’t miss the Talladega National Forest’s Talladega Division, spanning the four counties of Calhoun, Cleburn, Clay and Talladega. Hiking and backpacking are the main events in the forest’s Cheaha Wilderness, which encompasses the southernmost points of the Appalachian Range. Talladega’s Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area is a peaceful paradise for boaters and fishermen while appealing footpaths through the mountains and valleys are mainstays of the Pinhoti National Recreation Trail System. For those who’d rather ride than walk, Talladega Scenic Drive offers automobile tours of spring wildflowers or colorful autumn leaves.
Another of this state’s natural treasures is Tuskegee National Forest in Tuskegee. Besides a relaxing picnic area for hungry travelers, the Taska Recreation Area features a true reproduction of Booker T. Washington’s boyhood cabin. The gentle, clearly marked Bartram Trail, Alabama’s first designated National Recreation Trail, is suitable for hikers of all ages and abilities. It offers close-up views of spring wildflowers, fall foliage, blooming magnolias and dogwoods, and local creatures like turkeys and deer. Tuskegee staff also maintains Tisinia, a protected area that’s tops for observing wildlife. For sportsmen, the forest manages a rifle range and two fishing ponds.
Alabama’s southeast is a surprising land of rattlesnake rodeos, insect monuments and peanut statues. Frankly, based on those attractions alone, you’d be crazy to miss it. However, it’s also the home of Conecuh National Forest in Andalusia, where fishing trips, picnics, scenic hikes and birdwatching opportunities are easily at hand. Named "land of the cane" by Muskogee Indians, who noted canebrakes in the forest, Conecuh’s two recreation areas at Blue Lake and Open Pond have loop trails, a fishing pier, boat launch, a swimming beach and wildlife in the forms of alligators, woodpeckers and raccoons. The 20-mile Conecuh Trail winds past holly leaves, pine trees, chilly springs and streams, and picture-perfect cypress ponds.
The Gulf Coast delights birdwatchers with the celebrated Audubon Bird Sanctuary on the eastern portion of Dauphin Island. A featured stop on the new Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, this preserve has a freshwater lake, a maritime forest, marshes, a swamp, sandy dunes and a Gulf shoreline, so birds and their human admirers find a wide variety of habitats to explore. Highlights include a fully accessible boardwalk to Gaillard Lake and an elevated walkway that cuts through a tupelo swamp. The Audubon sanctuary is an ideal setting for observing the spring and fall migrations of birds flying between the United States and South or Central America. Plus enjoy the amiable staff and wonderful ambiance at Alabama campgrounds and Alabama RV camping resorts along your way.
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