Hiking Guide

Hiking in Alabama
Russell cave entrance

There are some truly magnificent hiking trails in the Alabama area. Some sites are packed with local history such as Little River Canyon: the preserve protects the natural, scenic, recreational, and cultural resources of the Little River Canyon. Little River flows atop Lookout Mountain for most of its length. Erosion has created a variety of superlative rock expanses, benches, and bluffs that create a unique environment for several threatened and endangered species. Attractions include the Little River Falls/Overlook, Canyon Rim Scenic Drive/Overlooks and Canyon Mouth Park Trail.

Horseshoe Bend Military Park: This military park marks the site of the defeat of the Creek Indians in the Creek War, which was part of the War of 1812. Fighting under Jackson were troops from the 39th U.S. Infantry, Tennessee Militia and Lower Creek and Cherokee Indians. Jackson's allies numbered over 3,000. They defeated Chief Menawa and the Upper, or Red Stick, Creek Indians.

Conecuh NF: Open Pond and Blue Lake provide are the focal points for outdoor recreation on the Conecuh National Forest. Other areas of recreational interest on the Forest include the Conecuh Trail, which winds for 20 miles through the coastal plain, and Brook Hines Lake, offering camping and fishing.The Conecuh provides opportunity for camping, fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and hunting.

North Alabama offers waterfalls, fish-filled rivers and lakes, rapids suited for rafting and caves to explore. The cities of Huntsville and Birmingham are both located in North Alabama. The southern end of the Appalachian Mountains extends into this region. Mount Cheaha, the highest point is found here.

North Alabama has two National Forests, the Talledega and the Bankhead, with only two designated Wilderness Areas - the Sipsey and the Cheaha. There are a host of State Parks: Buck's Pocket, DeSoto, Joe Wheeler, Guntersville Lake, Monte Sano, Rickwood Caverns, Tannehill Ironworks, and Cheaha.

This area offers a wide range of outdoor recreation activities. Some of the most popular activities include camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, canoeing, rafting, water skiing, swimming, hiking, and golfing.

Much of the state receives nearly 60 inches of rain each year. The highest amount of rain reaches the region as afternoon thunderstorms in July, August and September. Summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching above 100 degrees F. Summer nights cool slightly and provide a good time to travel through the region.

Winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below 40 degrees with the humidity level at its lowest in November and December. Spring and fall are very pleasant times to visit the region. Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming trees and flowers. During the fall temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees F with low humidity levels. The northern portion of the state is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations. Wear clothing and carry gear that will help and not hinder you in the case of inclement weather.

National Forests and Parks Lakes & Reservoirs Wildlife Refuges
Bankhead NF
Blowing Wind Cave Wildlife Refuge
Conecuh NF
Horseshoe Bend Military Park
Little River Canyon Preserve
Russell Cave Monument
Talladega NF
Tuskegee Institute Historic Site
Tuskegee NF
Alabama River Lakes
Black Warrior And Tombigbee River Lakes
William Dannelly Reservoir
Blowing Wind Cave NWR
Bon Secour NWR
Choctaw NWR
Eufaula NWR
Fern Cave NWR
Key Cave NWR
Watercress Darter NWR
Wheeler NWR

Guide to State Parks:
Bladon Springs
Blue Springs
Brierfield Ironworks
Buck's Pocket
Claude D. Kelley
Frank Jackson
Guntersville Lake
Joe Wheeler
Lake Lurleen
Monte Sano
Oak Mountain
Paul M. Grist
Rickwood Caverns
Roland Cooper
Tannehill Ironworks
Wind Creek

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