North Alabama Craft Beer Trail: Canyons, Caves & Waterfalls Road Trip

Main Channel Brewery

The Jit, short for Jitney Jr., was once a sleepy little convenience store on Hwy. 431 in Guntersville, Alabama. Now the Jit is home to Main Channel Brewery, which is Marshall County’s first brewery. It’s a family affair out there as Brett Smith runs the brewery with brother Clay and wife Sarah.

 

Cathedral Caverns State Park

637 Cave Rd
Woodville, AL 35769
(256) 728-8193
www.alapark.com/cathedral-caverns-state-park

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.

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.

 

Lake Guntersville State Park & Lodge

1155 Lodge Dr
Guntersville, AL 35976
(256) 571-5440
alapark.com/lake-guntersville-state-park

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.

Back Forty Beer Company

200 North 6th Street
Gadsden, Alabama 35901
(256) 467-4912
www.backfortybeer.com

Inspired by an old agricultural term referring to the 40 acres of land farthest from the barn, the name of Back Forty Beer Company is a bit of a contradiction. They source their ingredients close to home for beers like the Truck Stop Honey Brown and Freckle Belly India Pale. Get a taste as you tour the microbrewery or take a seat in the taproom, both located in downtown Gadsden.

Noccalula Falls Park

1600 Noccalula Rd
Gadsden, AL 35904
(256) 543-7412
www.cityofgadsden.com/index.aspx?NID=134

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.

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