North Alabama

For more information on North Alabama travel destinations, please visit www.northalabama.org.
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TRAILS


North Alabama BBQ Trail

(800) 648-5381 • www.NorthAlabama.org
Barbecue is something of a religion down in these parts. Fourteen purveyors of this southern art form have banded together to create the North Alabama Barbecue Trail. All boast BBQ that’s “cooked slow, served fast”. Perhaps the best known single-outlet is Big Bob Gibson’s Barbecue in Decatur. It’s been winning national awards and serving up BBQ hot off the grill since 1925.

North Alabama Hallelujah Trail
(800) 648-5381 • www.NorthAlabama.org
The North Alabama Hallelujah Trail represents sacred spaces that are integral to the story of the places and communities within our region. The Trail is composed of 32 churches that are at least 100 years old, stand on their original sites, and are still holding services today. The Hallelujah Trail demonstrates the art, the architecture, the craftsmanship and the social history of North Alabama.

Alabama Bass Trail
www.AlabamaBassTrail.org
The Alabama Bass Trail is a collection of 11 “Lunker” lakes throughout the state that are well known by avid anglers and have a reputation forproducing nice catches throughout the year. Our mild climate, mineral rich reservoirs, affordable lodging and dining, as well as public access to boat ramps and marinas are a few of the reasons why Alabama lures anglers from across the country.

North Alabama Birding Trail
(334) 242-3465 • www.NorthAlabamaBirdingTrail.com
The North Alabama Birding Trail includes a total of 50 diverse birding sites that are compiled from recommendations from wildlife biologists, bird enthusiasts, and conservation organizations. Each site was carefully selected not only for its’ birdwatching characteristics, but also ecological significance. Kiosks at six to eight key sites provide detailed information about the nature of North Alabama.

North Alabama Wine Trail
(800) 648-5381 • www.NorthAlabama.org
In Alabama, we are fortunate to have 14 family operated wineries offering their own unique blends of wine that reflect their family heritage in the business and the flavor characteristics of the south. This trail will carry you from the highlands of Alabama’s northern mountains to the sandy shores of the Gulf.


ATHENS


Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives
100 Pryor St.; (256) 771-7578; alabamaveteransmuseum.com
The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, located in the 100 year old L&N Freight Depot, has over 2,000 artifacts, medals, uniforms and wartime equipment on display from the Revolutionary War until present day. There are also over 1,000 books and 200 videos in their library. An educational program encourages school children to tour and learn about the fight for our freedom. Open M-Sa 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Athens-Limestone County, Alabama Civil War Trail
(256) 232-5411; www.visitathensal.com
This is a self-guided driving tour featuring the Battles of Athens and Sulphur Creek Trestle.  The War for Southern Independence, commonly called the Civil War, was very real and devastating to Athens and Limestone County from 1861 to 1865.  This driving trail will take you back in time as troops of Company F, 9th Alabama Infantry leave Athens on June 6, 1861 to go fight with Joseph E. Johnston and the Army of the Shenandoah to Confederate soldiers and their experience walking home after the war from all parts of the country into the Tennessee Valley and Limestone County, seeing the devastation – chimneys standing where homes once stood, as well as churches, courthouses, schools and mills burned to the ground. The trail is also set up for Geocaching for local treasure hunters.


BLOUNTSVILLE


Spring Valley Beach Water Park 
2340 Co. Rd. 55 (Spring Valley Beach Dr.); (205) 429-2075;
www.springvalleybeach.com
Spring Valley Beach Water Park is located less than one hour from Huntsville, Decatur, Birmingham, and Pell City, and has one of the largest swimming pools in the Southeast. The park offers six water slides: The “Sidewinder,” the “Chiller,” “Black Out,” “The Need for Speed,” and an above-ground slide, the “Circle S” and the new “360 Rush.”  Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. from mid-May to Labor Day. Admission.


BRIDGEPORT


Russell Cave National Monument 
3729 County Rd. 98, Bridgeport, AL; (245) 495-2672 www.nps.gov/ruca
For hundreds of generations, the cave provided shelter for Southeastern Tribes of Indians. Today, visitors can learn about the national significance of this archeological site and enjoy the quiet setting of this National Park Service unit.  Open daily 8-4:30 CT. No charge.


CLEVELAND


Swann Covered Bridge
Throughout Blount County; (205) 247-9640
Built in 1933, the 324-foot (99 m) bridge is a Town Lattice truss construction over three spans. Its World Guide to Covered Bridges  number is 01-05-05. The Swann Covered Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 20, 1981. It is currently the longest-existing covered bridge in Alabama and one of the longest in the United States. Hours: Self-guided driving tours anytime.


COLLINSVILLE


Tigers for Tomorrow 
710 County Road 345; (256) 524-4150; www.tigersfortomorrow.org
Looking for a unique experience? Take a trip to Untamed Mountain. Tigers for Tomorrow is a wild animal park and environmental education center that’s home to over 130 animals. See 70 big cats, wolves, and bears. Children can interact with barnyard animals at our contact yard.


COURTLAND


Courtland Heritage Museum
252 College St; (256) 637-2710
The Museum contains exhibits on the 1st railroad west of the Appalachian Mountains, a book written in Courtland in 1832, the story of the Goliad (Texas) massacre in 1836, the battle of Courtland in 1862, the Courtland Army Air Force Base, Dinky Davis’ bicycle, and lots of other local history.


CULLMAN


Ave Maria Grotto 
1600 St. Bernard Dr., Off Hwy. 278 East at St. Bernard Abbey;
(256) 734-4110; www.avemariagrotto.com
Known throughout the world as “Jerusalem in Miniature,” the Ave Maria Grotto is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park designed to provide a natural setting for the 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. The masterpieces of stone and concrete are the lifetime work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey. Begun as a hobby, with various materials he could find, and infinite patience and a remarkable sense of symmetry and proportion, Brother Joseph re-created some of the greatest edifices of all time. Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Hours: Daily (except Christmas Day & New Year’s Day) April-Sept. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct.-March 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission.

Cullman County Museum 
211 2nd Ave. NE, Off Hwy. 31; (256) 739-1258;
www.cullmancountymuseum.com
Located within a replica of Cullman’s founder’s home, the museum has something for all ages and interests. From Native American presentations to the Main Street Displays which focus on Cullman’s German heritage. There are many interactive displays of interest to the young and the young at heart. Open: M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Su 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission.

Smith Lake Paddle Boards
6210 B. Co. Rd. 222; (256) 736-3002; www.smithlakepaddleboards.com
Authorized YOLO Board dealer. We offer sales, rentals and group or private lessons for standup paddleboards. Standup paddle boarding is the fastest growing water sport and is great for any age person to try. Open seven days a week.


DANVILLE


Jesse Owens Museum
7010 Co. Rd. 203, Exit AL Hwy 157 at Co. Rd. 187; (256) 974-3636;
www.jesseowensmuseum.org
The 20-acre park, near Jesse Owens’ birthplace, honors the track great who captured four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The park both educates and entertains with a museum, broad jump pit, life-size bronze statue, 1936 torch replica, Olympic Gold Medal Tree, home replica, playground, ball fields, picnic pavilions, gift shop, and visitor’s center. M-Sa 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Su 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment.

Oakville Indian Mounds Educational Center
1219 Co. Rd. 187; (256) 905-2494; www.oakvilleindianmounds.com;
facebook.com/Oakvilleindianmounds
Features the largest 2,000-year-old Woodland Indian Mound in Alabama, early settler cemetery, Black Warriors Path, 8,000 sq. ft. 122 acre park with 20 acre fishing pond, and walking paths. Cherokee Council House, gift shop, picnic shelters. Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Su 12-4 p.m. Group tours are $2/person. Please call to schedule groups. General admission is free.


DECATUR


Blue & Gray Museum
723 Bank St.; (256) 350-4018; www.alabamacivilwarmuseum.com
The Blue & Gray Museum of North Alabama is believed to be the largest privately owned collection of Civil War artifacts in the country. The museum features a wide array of Civil War relics, including swords and other edged weapons, revolvers and pistols, muskets and carbines, period drums, uniforms, accoutrements, photographs, documents, and much more. In addition to Civil War history, the museum showcases other historical items from Decatur’s past. An ivory-handled Colt 1851 Navy revolver that belonged to Union Brigadier General Joseph K. Mansfield is a highly prized item in the museum’s collection. Open: Tu-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission.

Cook’s Natural Science Museum
412 13th St., Off Hwy. 31; (256) 350-9347
Many natural wonders are in one of the South’s finest museums of its type. The site provides an assortment of exotic insects, mounted birds, animals, minerals, seashells, and coral in over 2,000 exhibits. Wildlife common to the Tennessee Valley, 50 species of insects, animals and water life. Protected and endangered species including displays of a bald eagle and golden eagle. The facility also offers a 64-seat auditorium used to show natural science films. Hours: M-Sa 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Su 2-5 p.m. Free.

Old State Bank
925 Bank St. NE;  (256) 350-5060; www.decaturparks.com
The Old State Bank was one of three banks authorized by The Alabama General Assembly in 1832. Few structures can boast as varied a past as the Bank. Since its construction, the building has weathered two depressions and a Civil War, and has served as a hospital, guardhouse, bank and dance hall. Named to the National Register of Historical Places in 1972, the Classic Revival architecture of the Bank is symbolic of the period in which it was built. The building is  decorated with antique pieces from the Federal and Empire period. It is the first stop on the Civil War Walking Tour of Decatur.  Open M-F 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

Point Mallard Park
Point Mallard Dr., just off Hwy. 31; (256) 341-4900; www.pointmallardpark.com
Point Mallard Park is a 750-acre park that features a 35-acre water park, which includes a wave pool, Olympic pool, a new Lazy River, Double Drop Speed Slides, Squirt Factory, Duck Pond, Slide, Flume Tubes, and sandy beach area. Point Mallard offers other recreational facilities and activities for your enjoyment. A large, covered pavilion with restrooms is available for groups of up to 500. The park also has a golf course, campground, tennis courts, hiking trails, and a regulation size indoor ice-skating rink (all open daily). Hours: Call for seasonal facilities.

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
Off Hwy. 67; (256) 350-6639; http://wheeler.fws.gov
Offers wildlife displays, orientation video, wildlife observation building, hiking trails, and the opportunity to view a live red-tailed hawk. Many recreational opportunities, including hunting and fishing. Hours: Oct.-Feb. daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; March-Sept. Tu-Sa 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Su and M. Free.


DOUBLE SPRINGS


Bankhead National Forest
Off Hwy. 278 and Hwy. 33; (205) 489-5111; southernregion.fs.fed.us/alabama
Approximately one mile north of Double Springs. 180,000 acres with an abundance of bluffs, canyons, waterfalls, springs, and lakes.  Four recreation areas are located throughout the forest offering a wide range of activities.


ELKMONT


Fort Hampton Outfitters
18855 Upper Fort Hampton Rd.; (256) 431-8988;
www.forthamptonoutfitters.com
Offering stand up paddle lessons and rentals at Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville, AL.  There are different sizes of boards that accommodate different sizes and skill levels of all people.  A huge selection of BOTE boards are available for purchase as well.
Also offers kayak rentals on the Elk River in Elkmont, AL.  All trips on the Elk River must be scheduled in advance.  Our main trip is a 6.1 mile trip on the beautiful Limestone County Canoe and Kayak Trail.  The trip takes 2-3 hours.  We will take you to Veto and put you in the water and pick you up at the bridge on 127.  All your gear is provided, pfd, paddle, and kayak. Open M -Sa 10 a.m-5 p.m. Summer hours vary.

Fromagerie Belle Chevre
18845 Upper Fort Hampton Rd, Elkmont, AL; (888) 549-1665; www.bellechevre.com
In 2013, Belle Chevre renovated an old cotton warehouse in the heart of downtown Elkmont, Alabama into a beautiful, artisan goat cheese creamery. For over 100 years, this building has been the heartbeat of Elkmont, formerly a storage warehouse for cotton to be shipped on the adjacent railroad (now the Richard Martin Rails to Trails.) We offer both guided and self-guided tours, as well as group and school tours which include: a peek into cheese making, Belle Chevre History, goat petting and visiting, access to the Richard Martin Rails to Trails, tastings/samples at a tasting bar, 9 minute documentary film. Call our creamery at 1-888-549-1665 (toll free) or 256-732-4801 to schedule your visit and see how we handcraft our award-winning chevres. Belle Chevre’s creamery is a perfect spot for your next elegant gathering, party or wedding.  With access to porches, gardens, and spacious grounds you and your guests will be in for a treat. Creamery Hours: M–F 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Sa: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


FORT PAYNE


DeSoto State Park
7104 DeSoto Pkwy NE; Lodge: (256) 845-5380, (800) 568-8840; Campground: (256) 845-5075, (800) 760-4089; www.alapark.com/DesotoResort
Lodge, cabins, motel, full service restaurant, campground, primitive camping, nature center, hiking and biking trails, Olympic-size pool, canoeing, boating, and fishing areas. Located atop Lookout Mountain near Little River Canyon National Preserve and near DeSoto Falls day use area. Open year-round.

Fort Payne Depot Museum
105 5th St; (256) 845-5714
Museum features exhibits typical of the lifestyles of the late 1800s and the early 1900s.  The museum features Native American pottery, basketry, tools, and clothing.  Old Fort Payne depot built by the Alabama Great Southern Railroad in 1891.  Hours: W, Th, F 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; doors close at 3:45. Admission (cash only).

Little River Canyon National Preserve
Hwy. 35 in DeKalb County and Hwy. 273 in Cherokee County; (256) 845-9605; www.nps.gov/liri/index.htm
One of the deepest gorges in the East, this unit of the National Park System contains spectacular scenery, breathtaking waterfalls, and a number of rare plants and animals. Open year-round.

Little River Canyon Center
472 AL Hwy. 35; (256) 845-3548; www.canyoncenter.org
The Little River Canyon Center is a partnership between Jacksonville State University and Little River Canyon National Preserve. The Center provides visitors with information, educational and recreational opportunities, and an impressive HD film about Little River Canyon. Open 7 days a week from
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (check website for holiday schedule).


GADSDEN


Noccalula Falls Park
Hwy. 211; (256) 549-4663, campground (256) 543-7412;
www.cityofgadsden.com
Ninety-foot waterfall with canyon, nature trails, botanical garden with more than 25,000 azaleas, a pioneer village, a war memorial, gift shop, children’s playground, and campground. Call for hours. Admission.


GRANT


Cathedral Caverns State Park
Off Hwy. 72; (256) 728-8193; www.alapark.com
The first thing you notice about Cathedral Caverns is the massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high. Inside the cavern, you will find Big Rock Canyon, Mystery River and some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created. Among them, you will see Stalagmite Mountain, The Frozen Waterfall and Goliath, a huge stalagmite column that reaches the ceiling of the cave some 45 feet above! Human habitation can be traced back 8,000 years. March 15-August 31, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., with tours hourly. Admission.


GUNTERSVILLE


Lake Guntersville State Park & Lodge
1155 Lodge Drive; (256) 571-5440; (800) 548-4553;
www.guntersvillestatepark.com
A 6,000-acre park located along the shore of Lake Guntersville. Offering swimming, boating, tennis, 18-hole golf course, hiking, Nature Center, cottages, chalets, and campground. The lodge, chalets, motel, and convention center are situated on a 500-foot bluff overlooking Lake Guntersville. The State Park is home of the Eagle Awareness Program which offers eagle viewing field trips, seminars and special programs each Jan-Feb. Eagle Awareness is celebrating 28 years in 2013. Alabama Bureau of Travel & Tourism ranked this event #1 in the state for 2013.


HANCEVILLE


Evelyn Burrow Museum of  Wallace State Community College
801 Main Street NW; (256) 352-8457; www.burrowmuseum.org
A museum of fine and decorative arts from the Victorian Era to modern times. The museum houses one of the finest collections of porcelain, pottery, and bronze in the U. S.  Hours: Tu-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.

Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
322 Co. Rd. 548; (205) 271-2917; Groups or Tours (205) 795-5717 or 5722;
www.olamshrine.comwww.nunsgiftshop.comwww.priestretreat.com
Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adorations keep a constant prayer vigil at the Shrine, inviting people from all walks of life and faiths to see what the Lord has accomplished here.  Church groups, schools, or families are more than welcome to visit or plan a pilgrimage. The Shrine grounds consists of: Cloistered Monastery, Upper and Lower church, near life sized Nativity scene, Lourdes Grotto, John Paul II Eucharisitc Center, and the Castle which houses the Gift Shop of El Nino, conference rooms, and downstairs dining area.  The Shrine’s daily schedule includes the Nuns’ Conventual Mass at 7 a.m.; Confessions after 7 a.m. Mass; Liturgy of the Hours 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. Shrine Hours: M-Sa 6 a.m.-9:00pm and Su 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Gift Shop: M-Sa 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. John Paul II Eucharistic Center Tours: M-Sa 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Free and wheel chair accessible.


HAMILTON


Jerry Brown’s Pottery
166 Boyett Dr.; (205) 921-9483; (800) 341-4919;
www.jerrybrownpottery.com
Ninth-generation folk potter digs his own clay, processes it with a mule-powered pug mill, fires his wares in a groundhog kiln, and utilizes hard to find glazes for his own unique look. Open: M-Sa
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Organic Vessels Studio Gallery
1445 Jimmy Brown Rd.; (205) 921-1193;
www.missymiles.com
Organic Vessels Studio/Gallery is located 2 mile from Corridor Y (I-22) Exit 11 in Hamilton, AL. This is Missy Miles’s working studio loft and gourd gallery below. She is the reigning (AGS) Alabama Gourd Society Queen. Her work ranges from sculptured turtles and fish to elegantly carved vessels that resemble pottery. The Gallery also contains working drawings and photos of her mural work in 4 counties. Stories and details are shared with guests and tour groups. History of gourds and growing tips are available to those who are interested. In addition, an impressive exhibit of manipulated gourds by Glenn Burkhaulter (Lacey Springs) is shared in the Gallery. Gallery is available for meeting space. Admission Free. M- Sa 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


HODGES


Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park
1942 St. Hwy. 172; (205) 935-3445;  www.facebook.com/rockbridgecanyonpark
Includes the Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Trails, the RBC Park, and the RBC Camp Ground. Rock Bridge Canyon is a rustic area featuring horse riding trails, pro sized arena, natural bridge waterfalls, scenic rock formations, mountain laurel, trees and shrubs, and a nature trail. Currently there are four campsites open (more to come) and many of the trails are open.  Please call Tina at (205) 935-3445 for permits and more information.


HUNTSVILLE


Alabama Center of Military History/
Veterans Memorial Museum
2060A Airport Road; (256) 883-3737; www.memorialmuseum.org
Dedicated to preserving and disseminating the accomplishments of American military men and women, and displays military artifacts and equipment from the Revolutionary War to the present.  Hours: W-Sa, Labor Day to Memorial Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day
10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Admission.

3-H Stables, Inc.
4610 Meridian St.; (256) 859-1811; (256) 883-8615; www.3Hstables.com
Horseback rides on our scenic nature trails. Guided rides, beginners welcome, personal instruction offered. Overnight stabling, camping, picnic area, and RV hookups. Chuck wagon cookouts, birthday parties, riding lessons, day camps, boarding, training, and sales. This adventure outfitter can take you to many exciting and fantastic places. Call for times and prices. Reservations suggested.

Burritt on the Mountain
Atop Monte Sano Mountain, 3101 Burritt Drive;
(256) 536-2882; www.burrittonthemountain.com
Perched on a mountaintop, is the former home of Dr. William Henry Burritt. 19th century farmsteads with daily living history activities, and a large nature preserve traversed by trails. Admission.

EarlyWorks Museum Complex
Downtown Huntsville; (256) 564-8100; www.earlyworks.com
Three museums—one incredible adventure. Choose to visit all three or just one of the museums.
EarlyWorks — the South’s largest hands-on-history museum. Tu-Sa 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Alabama Constitution Village — Alabama’s birthplace – 1819. Open Tu-Sa 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March – Oct.  Hours adjusted in Nov. & Dec. due to Santa’s Village.  Closed Jan. & Feb.
Historic Huntsville Depot — Discover graffiti written by actual Civil War soldiers. There’s even a “kids’ playroom” complete with try-on costumes, train puzzles, and games. Open: Tu-Sa 9 a.m.-4 p.m., March-Dec. First two weeks of May, hours limited due to the WhistleStop Festival. Closed Jan.-Feb.

Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Ave.; (256) 830-4447; www.hsvbg.org
A garden for all seasons. Rockets, dinosaurs, mazes, butterfly house, space habitats, giant bubbles, toads, and critters!  New Nature Center and Children’s Garden, roses, daylilies, herbs, and seasonal plantings. Year-round visitors enjoy festivals. Open Apr.-Sept, M–Sa 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Th 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Su 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Oct-Mar, M-Sa 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Su 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Admission.

Huntsville Museum of Art
300 Church St SW; (256) 535-4350; www.hsvmuseum.org
The nationally-accredited Museum fills its thirteen galleries with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, including prestigious traveling exhibits and the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. The Museum’s own permanent collection is comprised of over 3,000 objects and also forms the basis for several exhibitions each year. Hours: Tu-W-F-Sa 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Th 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Su 1-4 p.m. Admission.

Monte Sano State Park
5105 Nolen Ave.; (256) 534-3757; (800) ALA-PARK; www.alapark.com
This 2,140-acre resort atop Monte Sano Mountain. Stunning vistas, mountaintop trails, family picnic areas, and a Japanese garden and teahouse. Offers 14 renovated cabins and 89 campsites. Hours: Open daily.

Sci-Quest
102-D Wynn Drive (moving soon to 9076 Madison Blvd.); (256) 837-0606;
www.sci-quest.org
The perfect place to ignite the imagination! With a wide variety of hands-on exhibits, learning is made fun for all ages through interactive activities. Home to the Cells: Life in a Pond exhibit. It’s an experiment in fun!  Hours:  M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sa 9 a.m.-6 p.m, Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Last admission is one hour before closing.  Admission.

Southern Adventures
2150 Leeman Ferry Circle; (256) 880-6599; www.southern-adventures.com
Southern Adventures is a family-oriented water and amusement park offering year-round wholesome entertainment for all ages. Two adventure golf courses, water park, Amazon Café, go-kart track, carnival rides, batting cages, bumper cars, roller coaster simulator, “The Rock” climbing wall, the latest in video games and Redemption games, corporate events, and birthday parties. Open year-round. Seasonal hours apply. Water park open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

U. S. Space & Rocket Center®
Exit 15 Off I-565; (256) 837-3400; 800-637-7223;
www.rocketcenter.comwww.facebook.com/rocketcenterusa
The best space collection on the planet complete with interactive simulators and blockbuster exhibits. New adventures include scuba diving, flying an Apache simulator, and racing a robot. Soar through space in our 3D and IMAX theaters. Home to Space Camp and Aviation Challenge. View our online calendar for special activities. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.


MADISON


Blue Pants Brewery, LLC
500 Lanier Rd., Bldg. 1, Madison, AL; (256) 679-0505; bluepantsbrew.com
We use our skills and creativity to create unique, or just exemplary beers that may not fit any particular style category but are always unreasonably good.  Visit the taproom for the opportunity to try our largest selection of beers.  It’s a constantly rotating lineup on some of the taps, featuring unique beers only found in the taproom.   We open a cask, serve through a randall, or do SMaSH beers now and then for some unique experiences only available at the brewery.  The taproom features a massive 4000 square foot patio (including an outdoor stage). We feature live music two nights per week from one-of-a-kind local musicians and bands. The taproom is open six nights a week M-W 3-10 p.m. Th-Sa 3 p.m.-12 a.m.

Alabama War Museum
30030 Burgreen Road; (256) 520-6942
When visiting Huntsville or surrounding areas stop in for a visit to our original 6-room, 2-story log cabin. The gift shop is open now and the museum is scheduled to open in early 2015.The shop offers quality items for both youngsters and adults alike. Our museum will feature rotating exhibits of 100’s of relics and artifacts from battlefields, war camps and everyday life during the days of the Civil War, World War I, WW II and present conflicts. In addition, the friendly and informative staff will be happy to help you and “Hands-on displays” are often available for the littlest to the biggest adventurer. Hours: F-Sa-Su-M 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


MOORESVILLE


Town of Mooresville
Off I-565 at Exit #2; (256) 350-7049; www.mooresvilleal.com
Older than the state of Alabama, this serene 1818 village is the oldest incorporated town in the state. 1820s Stage Coach Inn and Tavern, 1839 community brick church, and the 1840 town post office. Town was used in the filming of the Disney movie “Tom and Huck.” Hours: Self-guided driving or walking tours anytime. Information about special events on the website.


MENTONE


Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort & 
Shady Grove Dude Ranch
Atop Lookout Mountain Pkwy, Co Rd. 614; (256) 634-4344; www.cloudmont.com
Atop Lookout Mountain, 600 acres of forest trails, waterfalls, and streams. Home to Alabama’s only snow ski resort. Since 1970, advanced snowmaking equipment and patient professional instruction have provided Cloudmont’s ski expansion to include two one-thousand foot, beginner-intermediate slopes.  Two “pony lifts” take skiers to the top of the slopes that have an elevation of 1,800 feet and a vertical rise of 150 feet. Cloudmont also features the Shady Grove Dude Ranch, daily trail rides, and the 9-hole/18 tees Saddle Rock Executive Golf Course (par 31, 2,181 yards). Open year-round. Variety of lodging.


NATURAL BRIDGE


Natural Bridge of Alabama
Hwy. 278; (205) 486-5330
The 148-foot sandstone bridge towers 60 feet above winding pathways and is the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. Found in a forest setting with natural gardens, picnicking, nature trails, concessions, and gift shop. Hours: Open daily 8 a.m.-sunset, year round. Admission.


OWENS CROSSROADS


UnPhiltered Kayaking
115 TE McKinney Circle; (256) 270-3080; www.unphilteredkayaking.com
UnPhiltered Kayaking will provide safe and thorough instruction for beginners and for those who currently kayak we will provide advanced instruction to improve your skill sets. We offer 1/2 and full day trips, as well as weekend trips to locations in central and northern Alabama and southern and eastern Tennessee. Customized trips are available as well as one-on-one instruction.


PHIL CAMPBELL


Dismals Canyon
12 miles south of Russellville off Hwy. 43 South;
(205) 993-4559; www.dismalscanyon.com
A National Natural Landmark and one of the finest examples of ecological and geological features composing our nation’s natural history. Pristine wilderness, romantic cabins, secluded campsites, hiking, swimming, canoeing, wildflowers, a country store, and more. Cabins and group tours available year round by reservation. March-Labor Day: daily 12 p.m.-5. p.m. Labor Day-November: M-F 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Sa 9 a.m.-9 p.m.,
Su 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Admission.


ROGERSVILLE


Joe Wheeler State Park & Resort
4401 McLean Dr., Off Hwy. 72; (256) 247-5461; (800) 544-5639;
www.alapark.com
A 2,500-acre park on Wheeler Lake offering a striking three-story lodge of redwood and stone, 75 hotel rooms, restaurant, marina, golf course (18-hole, 7,100 yard, par 72), campground, cabins, tennis, boat launch, swimming, picnicking, hiking, banquet facilities (meetings, weddings and receptions), boat rentals, 30 person group lodge, and pavilions in day use area.

Wheeler Lake Scenic Cruises
Just off Hwy. 72; (256) 335-2187; www.scenicwheelerlake.com
Chartered lake cruises along the spectacular natural shoreline of Joe Wheeler State Park and the lower section of Wheeler Lake aboard 36’ Nautical Wheeler. Trips from 1 to 8 hours available for up to 20 passengers. Open year-round. Reservations required.


SCOTTSBORO


Goose Pond Colony
417 Ed Hembree Dr., Off Hwy. 79; (256) 912-0592; (800) 268-2884;
www.goosepond.org
A municipal park resting on a 368-acre peninsula offering golf, camping, cottages, lodge, restaurant, picnicking, pool, nature trails, marina with boat launch (fuel for boats and tackle shop), and amphitheater. Colony Golf Course: 18 Holes, 6,854 yards, par 72. Rated a #1 Resort Value in Alabama and listed in Golf Digest’s Places to Play. Plantation Golf Course: 18 Holes, 6,901 yards, par 72, links-style course, Bent Grass greens, driving range, pro shop, snack bar, and putting green. Meeting facilities, tournaments welcome. Open year-round.

Unclaimed Baggage Center 
509 W. Willow St., off Hwy. 72; (256) 259-1525;
www.unclaimedbaggage.com
Home of lost treasures from around the world! As seen on Oprah, The Today Show, and The Late Show with David Letterman. Open: M-F 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sa 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Su.


VINEMONT


Crooked Creek Civil War Museum
516 Co. Rd. 1127, Vinemont; (256) 739-2741
The Crooked Creek Civil War Museum is home to a host of Civil War memorabilia. Located on a battle site from the war, the area’s rich history and heritage has afforded it an abundance of character. The area is even rumored to be the hotspot of paranormal activity, with several guests sighting ghosts. The Paranormal Research Alliance has even conducted a test on the property confirming the appearance of apparitions. With over 40 acres of land with historical significance, a museum of rare collectibles where you can actually handle the artifacts, and a quaint bed & breakfast on the property, this attraction will ensure that you receive a remarkable history lesson coupled with fun. Open 7 days a week 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes a tour of the grounds and museum.

Skydive Alabama
(256) 736-5553, (866) 345-5867; www.skydivealabama.com
A year-round skydiving center offering state-of-the-art equipment and unsurpassed professional instruction. Since safety is a priority, only USPA certified jumpmasters and instructors will assist you with your skydive. Skydive Alabama is dedicated to teaching sound skydiving skills through the most advance methods of training available. Hours: Sa & Su sun-up to sun-down. Admisson.


WARRIOR


Rickwood Caverns State Park
370 Rickwood Park Rd.; (205) 647-9692;
www.alapark.com/rickwoodcaverns
Miracle mile of underground caverns! The park has 260 million-year-old limestone formations, blind cave fish, underground pool, an Olympic-size swimming pool, meeting rooms, picnic area, picnic shelters, hiking trails, playground, campground, and gift shop where visitors can pan for gemstones. Day use area open 7 a.m.-sundown.


WHEELER


Pond Spring – The General Joe Wheeler Home
12280 Hwy. 20; (256) 637-8513; www.wheelerplantation.org
Pond Spring was home to Fighting Joseph Wheeler, former Major General of Cavalry of the Confederate western army.  Wheeler was a U.S. Congressman following the Civil War.  “Fightin’ Joe” Wheeler became a national symbol for reunification and reconciliation following the Civil War and throughout the latter half of the 19th Century. Admission rates are $8 for adults, $5 for Seniors, college students, military, $3 for children 6-18, and Free for children under 6 years old. Group Rate (10+ people) $1 less than admission prices. Please call to schedule your group tour.

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