10 Must-Visit Places in Alabama for Nature Lovers

Kim Bryant // February 24

Sweet Home Alabama, is probably best known for Saturdays on the quad whether you’re a Roll Tide fan or an AU Tigers fan. Football is definitely rooted deep in the south. But, what else is Alabama known for? Amazing places to visit, good food, good times, and lots of history. When the Tide or Tigers aren’t playing and you’re ready to get out of the house and explore the outdoors, I have a few places I would suggest visiting. 

Places to Visit in Alabama

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

Tons of walking trails, not too busy, cabins, campsites, water, and deer and it takes you back in history. 

Dismals Canyon

National Natural landmark located in Phil Campbell, moderate hike, stream, and waterfowl, the only place you can book a tour at night and see rare glow worms. 

The Pizza Bar

A landmark in Carbon Hill Alabama, known for its famous ham and cheese sandwich but believe me, it’s not your average sandwich. People travel from all over the south to try one of these and you’ll want to take one to go!

The Rattlesnake Saloon

Located in a huge natural rock shelter in the Appalachian foothills of northwest Alabama, the Rattlesnake Saloon delivers old-fashioned Western charm in a stunning natural environment. While the cave site is currently full of burger-slinging, beer-drinking, and line dancing, its proximity to one of Alabama’s most important archaeological sites means it may once have housed some of the state’s original inhabitants: Paleolithic Native Americans.

Tigers for Tomorrow

A non-profit 501-c-3 Wild Animal Preserve and Environmental Educational Center, home to over 160 animals including tigers, mountain lions, African lions, bears, wolves, black leopards, and so many more wonderful animals. As a last-stop preserve, the animals that come to live here for the rest of their lives. Located on 140 acres in Dekalb County, Alabama. 

Natural Bridge

60-ft.-high, 148-ft.-long rock bridge is the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. It spans scenic natural areas, forests, and wilderness. Nature paths, picnic areas, and a gift shop are available for visitors. 

Cheaha Mountain

Located inside Talladega National Forest, Cheaha State Park has good hiking with access to the Appalachian Trail as well as other trails. There’s even a trail for ATV riders if you’d rather ride than hike through nature.

Fly Fishing

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to fly fish or try your luck catching rainbow trout (yes you read that correctly Rainbow trout in Alabama), then Riverside Fly Shop is your next place to visit. Located near Jasper, Riverside Fly Shop is a full-service shop seeking to support and advance the sport of fly fishing. Not sure if fly fishing is for you? They encourage you to come in and get their “Give it a try package” rent: boots, waders, and a rod for $45. 

Shark Tooth Creek

Located in Aliceville. Have you ever wanted to find shark teeth? Well, you can find not only shark teeth but fossils millions of years old. Canoeing, camping, fishing, and swimming. It’s by appointment only so check out their website for more info.

The Gulf Coast

Whether your destination is Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island, or Orange Beach, there are so many fun, family-friendly, inexpensive, or even free things to do and see on the Alabama Coast. Sip on a mudslide at the Flora-Bama, nature hike, bird watch in the Gulf State Park, walk trails at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, take a ferry to Dauphin Island, or get a history lesson at Fort Morgan. Eat fresh seafood at many local favorites and enjoy just a stroll on the beach.          

10 Must-Visit Places in Alabama for Nature Lovers

What is the prettiest place in Alabama?

While beauty is subjective, some of the most popular and picturesque places to visit in Alabama include Gulf Shores, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Cheaha State Park, and the Noccalula Falls Park and Campground.

Why do tourists visit Alabama?

Tourists visit Alabama for a variety of reasons, including its rich history, beautiful beaches, and outdoor activities. Some of the top tourist attractions in Alabama include Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, and the historic city of Mobile.

Alabama has so many great places to see and visit. You’re also giving back to conservation efforts when you visit these awesome places. You help to strengthen the public's appreciation of the country's natural heritage. Visit a national Natural landmark!

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About the Author

Kim Bryant

Kim is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is a hunting, fishing, and traveling enthusiast. Kim has two teenage daughters who love to hunt, travel, and explore the outdoors as much as she does. Kim's dad taught her the love and respect for the great outdoors. She grew up hunting, fishing, camping, and just all around enjoying the outdoors. Her passion is traveling the world and sharing her experiences and what she's learned with others.