HIKE NORTH ALABAMA

Bordered by a National Monument, three State Parks, multiple wildlife refuges, and boasting more public land access than anywhere else in the State of Alabama – it’s safe to say there are plenty of opportunities to keep you in and around the Jackson County Alabama outdoors, all season long. No matter your activity we’ve ranked local trails in terms of easy, moderate, and hard to help prepare you for the trails ahead.

Golf North Alabama

GREAT GOLF ESCAPES

Jackson County is fortunate enough to have several jaw-dropping golf courses. One with stunning lower Appalachian Mountain views and the other with a Lakeside Course that has views for days. Dogwood Hills Golf Course is located on Sand Mountain in Flat Rock and is a four-star rated Golf Digest Course. Goose Pond Colony is located on the banks of the Tennessee River on the Scottsboro side of Lake Guntersville. Both offer an array of additional amenities including lodging and easy access to regional favorites that include Huntsville and Chattanooga.

Boat North Alabama

LIFE ON THE LAKE

At the heart of the largest body of fresh water in the State of Alabama, there are countless locations to hop in & go for a quick boat, canoe or kayak adventure on Lake Guntersville. The thirty miles that connect from the Tennesse to Marchall County borders, boaters will find nearly twenty boat launch points.

Fish North Alabama

AMERICA’S TOP LAKE

Located in the heart of North Alabama’s Mountain Lake Region, several national publications have named Lake Guntersville one of the top bass fishing lakes in the nation – proudly hosting the National BASS Master’s Tournament and Big Bass Splash on several occasions. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the lake any way they prefer and have been known to engage in lounging on their pontoon boat, slicing through the lake on watercraft, or showing off slalom ski skills among picturesque mountain views.

Connecting Bridgeport and Guntersville, Alabama’s largest lake covers 69,000 acres and stretches 75 miles from Nickajack to Guntersville Dam. Known as a home to quality angling for a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bream, bluegill, redear sunfish and longear sunfish, crappie, sauger and catfish attract their fair share of anglers.

LOOKING TO RELOCATE OR RETIRE?

Relocating to Jackson County provides the opportunity for a calming quality of life. Services that might require hours in line in a larger city can be accomplished in literally minutes. A full range of medical services is available either locally or in nearby Huntsville. One can be as active or involved in the community as they wish to be. The weather provides a virtually year-round opportunity for outdoor activities. Add to all that, the low cost of living makes Jackson County an ideal location to relocate.
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North Alabama Restaurants

TASTE OUR FOOD SCENE

In Jackson County Alabama, there are quite a few unexpected eateries that will challenge your spirit-filled taste buds in all the right ways! We are so proud to offer visitors and residents a compiled list of local favorites! Although there is certainly more to enjoy than the 20+ local eateries mentioned below, we think this a great place to start your next culinary adventure! Find all our restaurants, HERE.

North Alabama Cabins

REST IN CLEAN PEACE

 

The health and safety of both our guests is our top priority!

As a result, you may experience changes to some services during your stay in response to COVID-19. Local hotels are among the hardest hit businesses amid the recent pandemic and also among the group working hardest to ensure a safe lodging experience. We are proud to promote lodging partners in Jackson County Alabama who have not only maintained, but exceeded cleanliness standards. Local lodging providers have implemented new standards, with housekeeping staff working daily to clean common touchpoints. Many currently only serving grab and go items at breakfast, with attendants who are focused on improved sanitation standards.

Please view each of our partner sites to review individual corporate standards, before planning your adventure to Jackson County Alabama.

 

North Alabama Attractions

SHOP SAFE AT UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE

At The Unclaimed Baggage Center, you never know what you’ll find when you shop in the only store in America with contents of lost and unclaimed luggage from all over the world – all for sale at a fraction of their original value. The serendipitous collection of goods (over 7,000 new items stocked daily) includes tech gadgets, adult & children’s clothing, jewelry, sporting equipment, electronics, luggage, and much, much more. This season, they have gone above and beyond preparing their store for visitors to safety shop their store as the economy begins to reopen after COVID-19.

 

 

ALABAMA’S BAT CAVE

Sauta Cave is home to the largest bat emergence east of the Mississippi. Every evening from June-August more than 250,000 endangered Gray Bats emerge from the cave to the delight of hundreds of tourists. The cave is located in Jackson County, IS seven miles west of Scottsboro on HWY. 72 between South Pittsburg and Huntsville. 

 

 

ALABAMA’S NEWEST STATE PARK

Home to a 200-acre wild world that runs along the west side of Sand Mountain. Located in a Northeast Alabama pocket, where three counties collide, Buck’s Pocket State Park is an outdoor adventurer’s dream come true. In Grove Oak Alabama find thrills climbing the peak of the Point Rock, trail riding on over 8 miles off off-road paths, riding seasonal whitewater, or scaling down an 800-foot Canyon.

 

 

RUSSELL CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT

Russell Cave is Alabama’s First National Monument noted for human stories that have been unearthed through the discovery of remarkable art, technology, and debris that represent over 10,000 years of human us in a single place. The archeological record reveals evidence of early American innovations, lifestyles, and social dynamics. The creation and migration stories preserved here reveal how they came to live and form their cultural identity. Visitors can now download the NPS app and take the mobile tour.

 

 

CATHEDRAL CAVERNS STATE PARK 

Attracts 60,000 annual visitors who come to explore 5.5 miles of hiking trails among the 493 acres of land, leading to a cave mouth measuring 126 feet wide and 25 feet high – a possible world record for commercial caves. The cave maintains a comfortable 60 degrees temperature year-round; which makes it an excellent field trip for school, church, or other groups who visit from around the world.

Hike North Alabama

 

“It requires bravery to choose the road less traveled, the one that leads off the beaten path. For those who want to get out & explore, find freedom in outdoor spaces. For those tired of driving, it’s time to make waves. For those weary of the same four walls, discover ancient ones. For those seeking an incredible experience, we’re just up the road. Take the road less traveled when visiting Jackson County, Alabama. No one who did ever regretted it.”

With folks being more ready than ever to hit the trails, Jackson County has been featured in the Winter Edition of Adventure Outdoors Magazine. Follow along on our Instagram Story Channel to learn about new area adventures, weekly!

Featured attractions: Buck’s Pocket State Park – Cathedral Caverns State Park – Walls of Jericho Alabama – Stephens Gap Cave – Goose Pond Colony – Jackson County Park Cabins & Recreational Facility.

 

FOLLOW THE FALLS

The ultimate Water Fall Foliage Trail will take visitors on a road-trip through three Northeast Alabama counties, spanning 114 miles. Following a path that starts near Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro and leads to Gorham’s Bluff Lodge in Pisgah. This 9-hour trip could take up to four days to complete and will expose outdoor adventurers to some of the most stunning views in Northeast Alabama. Featured Falls, include Stephen’s Gap Cave {Private Property}, Bethell Springs Nature Preserve, Keel Mountain Lost Sink Falls, Burns Bluff at High Falls, Chigger Hill Falls, High Falls Park, Little Sauty Falls, Indian House Falls, Weathington Overlook Falls, Pisgah Falls

 

ROAD BIKE ROUTES

Northeast Alabama is ideal for cycling adventures both long and short, with miles and miles of wide-open low-traffic farm roads interspersed with scenic views of the Tennessee River and its tributaries and coves. Adding to the picturesque charm of the rural countryside are towering ridges that provide a dramatic backdrop to the farmland as well as a serious challenge for those brave enough to pedal to the top! With deep history (some of which dates back 10,000 years) and charming towns, the Alabama Mountain Lakes region is an intriguing and inviting landscape for exploring by bike!

 

PRESENTED BY

The Mountain Lakes Visitor’s Center in Jackson County, Alabama

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