- 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 in Alabama is found here.
North Alabama has two National Forests, the Talledega and the Bankhead, with Alabama's only two designated Wilderness Areas - the Sipsey and the Cheaha. There are a host of State Parks: Buck's Pocket, DeSoto, Joe Wheeler, Lake Guntersville, Monte Sano, Rickwood Caverns, Tannehill, and Cheaha.
Recreation - North Alabama 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.
Climate - Much of Alabama 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. Northern Alabama is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.
North Alabama includes the northern third of the state, from Birmingham, north. It includes the cities of Birmingham, Huntsville, Decatur, Gadsden and Anniston. Interstates 65, 59, and 20 lead through the area.