Alabama Outdoor Recreation Guide: detailed descriptions on 5507 things to do!
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Alabama's varied geography ranges from plains to mountains to deserts and offers incredible winter and summer recreation activities.

Lakes & Reservoirs
National Forests & Parks
State Parks
Wildlife Refuges

Detailed Descriptions

National Forests and Parks
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
Lakes and Reservoirs
Alabama River Lakes
Black Warrior And Tombigbee River Lakes
William Dannelly Reservoir
National Wildlife Refuges
Blowing Wind Cave NWR
Bon Secour NWR
Choctaw NWR
Eufaula NWR
Fern Cave NWR
Key Cave NWR
Watercress Darter NWR
Wheeler NWR
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
< Description - Alabama's geography can be split into three regions: the northern region, which contain the southern ranges of the Appalachian Mountains, you can see this area throughout the Bankhead NF; the central highlands, which are mainly forested areas, such as the likes of Talladega NF; and the southern coastal plain, which includes rich farming lands and the delta region of Mobile, the best example seen in the Conecuh NF. Each of these regions are differ in topography, but have always relied heavily on the major waterways that pervade the state. Today these resources are used by visitors and residents for recreation pursuits, but at one time the waterways of the state were used to transport raw materials to factories.

The northern region of the state contains several lakes and rivers that support many recreation activities. The Tennessee River flows through from Tennessee. The river has been manipulated to form two large lakes: Wheeler Lake and Lake Guntersville. Surrounding these lakes are several natural areas including Wheeler NWR, Joe Wheeler, Guntersville Lake, Buck's Pocket and Cathedral Caverns State Park. Near the Georgia border is Weiss Lake on the Coosa River. At the northern end of the lake is the Little River National Preserve.

Northern Alabama contains the southern Appalachian Mountains and many limestone caves that surround them. Russell Cave Monument lies on the Tennessee border. Other natural areas in the region include: Bankhead NF, Lewis Smith Lake and Talladega NF. All of these green areas are accessible by one of three interstate highways that dissect the region.

Central Alabama is comprised of rolling hills and forested highlands. Contained within the region are the Talladega and Tuskegee NF. Numerous state parks of archaeological, natural and historical interest complete the landscape of this region, as does Horseshoe Bend Military Park, which lies close to the Georgia border. This region contains the state capital, Montgomery, and is accessible via Interstates 85, 65, 59 and 20.

The lowlands and coastal plain contain the rich agricultural lands of the state. In this belt is where the cotton fields lie and eventually submit to marshes and the gulf coast. Southwestern area is comprised of the valleys and deltas of the Mobile and Tensaw Rivers. This area boasts 55 miles of shoreline for water sports enthusiasts. Several remote barrier islands are accessible by boat from the coast.

Recreation - The most popular activities are centered around the states 1000 miles of inland waterways. They include fishing, boating and swimming. Northern Alabama is home to the Pinhoti Trail which leads 102 miles across the state and supports backpacking, hiking and primitive camping.

Climate - 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 section of the state is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.

Location - Alabama is located in the southeastern United States. The bordering states are Georgia to the east, Mississippi to the west, Tennessee to the North and the Gulf of Mexico and Florida sharing the southern portion.

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