North Alabama Barbecue Trail

Barbecue, barbeque, or simply Bar-B-Que, no matter how you spell it, locally owned restaurants across North Alabama know how to serve up the best dishes you've ever had to excite your taste buds. The North Alabama Barbecue Trail is your guide to finding these friendly eateries offering unique, family recipes to slow-cook tender pork, beef, and chicken accented with all the sides.

 

Whether your looking for chopped, pulled, or sliced barbecue, a slab of amazing ribs, or even a hefty baked potato over-stuffed with cubes of savory meat, one way to find our pit masters locations is to follow the savory aroma drifting over the Appalachian foothills of North Alabama, or the easiest way is to simply get our North Alabama Barbecue Trail brochure to discover your next big food destination.

 

To get your copy of the North Alabama Barbecue Trail click here to have one mailed to you.

RESTAURANTS ON THE TRAIL

Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q
1715 6th Ave. SE, Decatur, AL 35601
256-350-6969, www.bigbobgibson.com
Daily 9:30 a.m-8:30 p.m.

Carlile’s Restaurant
23730 John T. Reid Parkway
Scottsboro, AL 35768
256-574-5629, www.carliles.net
Tu-Sa 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Su 10:30-3 p.m.

Dales BBQ
10850 AL Hwy. 168, Boaz, AL 35957
256-593-1168
M-Sa 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Greenbrier Restaurant
27028 Old Hwy. 20, Madison, AL 35758
256-351-1800
www.oldgreenbrier.com
Daily 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Jim ‘N Nick’s
Community Bar-B-Q
1851 Cherokee Ave. SW
Cullman, AL 35055
256-727-5421
www.jimnnicks.com
Su-Th 11 a.m.-9 p.m.,
F-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Jimbo’s Bar-B-Que, LLC
161 11th Ave. West, Guin, AL 35563
205-468-2272
Th 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Fr 6 a.m.-8 p.m.,
 Sa 11 a.m.- 8 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Johnny’s Bar-B-Q
1401 4th St. SW, Cullman, AL 35055
256-734-8539
www.johnnysbarbq.com
Tu-Sa 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

KC's Bar-B-Que                                                                                                                                                                                                              2302 County Park Rd.
Scottsboro, AL 35769
(256) 999-0425                                                                                                                                                                                www.kcsbarbeque.com                                                                                                                                                                                             Mon-Thur  10:30 to 8:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 to 9:00
Sun 11:00 to 3:00

L.O. Bishop BBQ
10 L. O. Bishop Lane, Cherokee, AL 35616
800-368-2635, www.bishopsbbq.com
Catered Events Only

Lanny’s
1490 West Main St., Centre, AL 35960
256-927-2400
M-Fr 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

LawLers Barbecue Airport/Whitesburg
5004 A Whitesburg Dr. Suite A
Huntsville, AL 35802
256-880-1286
www.lawlersbarbecue.com
M-Sa 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

LawLers Barbecue Monrovia
1047 Jeff Road Suite 10
Monrovia, AL 35806
256-830-8200
www.lawlersbarbecue.com
M-Sa 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

LawLers Barbecue Athens
1506 Hwy. 72 E. / I-65 Exit 351
Athens, AL 35613
256-233-1818
www.lawlersbarbecue.com
M-Sa 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

LawLers Barbecue Madison
544 Hughes Rd., Madison, AL 35758
256-772-0590
www.lawlersbarbecue.com
M-Sa 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

LawLers Barbecue South Parkway
11310 South Parkway SW
Huntsville, AL 35803
256-828-5404
www.lawlersbarbecue.com
M-Sa 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

LawLers Barbecue Balch Road
1079 Balch Rd. Suite I, Madison, AL 35758
256-217-1767
www.lawlersbarbecue.com
M-Sa 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

LawLers Barbecue Meridianville
11818 Hwy 231/431 North
Meridianville, AL 35759
256-828-6677
www.lawlersbarbecue.com
M-Sa 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

LawLers Barbecue Hampton Cove
6727 Highway 431 S. Suite N
Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
256-585-32247
www.lawlersbarbecue.com
M-Sa 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

LawLers Barbecue Cullman
5781 Al. Highway 157
Cullman, AL 35058
256-747-5157
www.lawlersbarbecue.com
M-Sa 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Local Joe’s Trading Post
4967 Rainbow Drive
Rainbow City, AL 35906
256-438-5179
www.localjoestradingpost.com
M-Sa 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Mary's B-B-Q
179 Hurricane Creek Rd
Gurley, AL 35758
256-776-4893
Wed-Sa 10am- 7 pm Su 10 am. to 5 pm

Mud Creek Restaurant
804 Co. Rd. 213
Hollywood, AL 35752
256-259-2493
Tu-Sa 11 am- 8 pm Su 11 am. to 3 pm

New Market BBQ
5601 Winchester Rd.
New Market, AL 35761
256-379-5525
www.newmarketbbq.com
F-Sa 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ole Dad’s Barbeque
14163 Hwy 231-431,
Hazel Green, AL 35750
256-828-8777
Tu-Sa 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Smokin' on the Boulevard
4080 Florence Blvd.
Florence, AL 35634
256-757-0099  smokinontheboulevard.com
Th-Sa "When Ready-Till Dark or Sold Out!"

 

FESTIVALS TO CHECK OUT

Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cookoff
Historic Downtown Hartselle
Held in late July.
www.hartsellechamber.com
Professional and Backyard competitions bring
teams from across the southeast to Hartselle.
Music, vendors, antiques, a poker run, and a car,
truck & bike show. BBQ available for purchase

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Riverfest BBQ Festival
Ingall’s Harbor – Wheeler Lake
September each year
www.facebook.com/bbbsriverfest/
Alabama State Championship BBQ competition.
Over 70 teams from the southeast compete in this
event. Held annually at Ingall’s Harbor on the
banks of the TN River. Live music, kid’s events,
and plenty of BBQ is available for purchase.

Whistle Stop Festival
320 Church St., Huntsville
Always first weekend in May.
www.whistlestopweekend.com
Two days of music, food,
and fun on the grounds
of the Historic Huntsville
Depot! Live entertainment,
children’s activity area,
and barbecue judging are
highlights of this annual
event.

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North Alabama Craft Beer Trail

That famous trail in the Appalachians can take months to trek. For some, years. Lucky for you, Alabama has its own mountain trail you can knock out in a weekend.

 

Your Trusty Brew Guide

Several micro-breweries snug in the foothills of the Appalachians from Florence to Gadsden offer dozens of beers unique to North Alabama. Get a stamp at each one for a free gift from us.

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Goat Island Brewing

Cullman
Founders Mike Mullaney and Gery Teichmiller met during the 2012 Cullman Oktoberfest. The legend-we-just-made-up has it their eyes locked as they accidentally clinked steins in a fateful cheers, binding them as business partners from that day forward. Embracing their destiny, they joined forces with John Dean and Brad Glenn to start Goat Island Brewing, the first brewery in Cullen since the 80s — that’s the umm 1880s.

Cross-Eyed Owl Brewing Co.

Decatur

New brewery opening in Decatur, AL in February, 2018!

Bluewater Brewing Co.

Florence
Information coming soon!

Singin’ River Brewing

Florence
The list of songs inspired by the Tennessee River is about as long as the Tennessee River itself. As for the beers celebrating the river, Singin’ River Brewing has you covered. They’re striking the right chords with beers like Handy’s Gold and the Swamper. Don’t worry. They won’t ask you to sing unless you irresponsibly have too much to drink in which case, “Cue up that Adele, bartender.”

Back Forty Beer

Gadsden
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.

Main Channel Brewery

Guntersville
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, Marshall County’s first brewery. It’s a family affair out there as Brett Smith runs the brewery with brother Clay and wife Sarah.

Mad Malts Brewing

Huntsville
Twelve taps, live music and comedy shows. Mad Malts Brewing in Huntsville has it all. What more could you want? Food? Oh, they bring in Doctor BBQ to provide the menu. As for those twelve taps, you’re looking at everything from porters to session to sours. There’s something for everyone to try. Even that one picky friend of yours.

Rocket Republic Brewing Co.

Huntsville

We are open seven days a week and offer 10K square feet of space with activities such as darts, ping pong, cornhole, pinball and more! Rocket Republic has over 20 taps and two nitro taps with a wide selection of beer and our own wines for non-beer drinkers.

Salty Nut Brewery

Huntsville
Take a seat next to the fire pit or the chiminea in the beer garden of Salty Nut Brewery. Their taproom in Huntsville is Southern through and through, recently renovated using recovered wood and tin from an old tobacco barn in Kentucky. As for the beer, well, take your pick from the Imperial Moustache Red, Dahkness South, Nom Nom Porter and more.

Straight to Ale

Huntsville
Picture this. You’re enjoying a Monkeynaut or a Brother Joseph’s (these are beers if you haven’t caught on yet) or one of 8 other drafts to choose from, and your stomach starts growling. Well, you just got here and you don’t want to leave your spot. Suddenly, the clouds part. The angels sing. Up pulls a taco truck [YES]. Then a BBQ truck [WHAT?]. Next, a truck serving cupcakes [OH MY]. Heaven? Close. You’re at Straight to Ale in Huntsville.

Yellowhammer Brewing

Huntsville

Opened in west Huntsville in 2010 by four guys who wanted to bring good, traditional beer to Alabama. Yellowhammer has grown rapidly in recent years and in 2015 we moved from a warehouse to a new facility at Campus 805.  Our brewery has since doubled in size after the completion of a recent expansion which brought, not only more brewing space and production, but a Biergarten and Event Center as well as room for our new Distillery. We are still focused on, and dedicated to, creating premium ales and lagers, drawing on Belgian and German brewing traditions with a Southern interpretation.

Blue Pants Brewery

Madison
The folks at Blue Pants Brewery don’t need their beers to fit in a category. Sure, they craft exemplary staples like their IPA and Amber Ale to name a few. But their sweet spot is letting their creativity fly with beers like the Chocolate Oatmeal Porter and Bourbon Wee Heavy. With a start as home brewers, they still play with ingredients to mix and match tastes they love. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

But…but…but…this is all too good and too much to remember.

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Magical Waterfalls of North Alabama

Thanks to the flowing waters of the Tennessee River, North Alabama boasts the most beautiful waterfalls either side of the Appalachians.

Explore for a day or a weekend getaway

These stunning falls are surrounded by nature to hike, spots to photograph and, in some cases, wineries to relax. Read a snippet about each below or print the guide to take with you on your adventure.

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Coldwater Falls

Spring Park, Tuscumbia
The man-made Coldwater Falls was constructed with over 2,000 tons of sandstone and today sees more than 4.3 million gallons of water flow each day.

DeSoto Falls

Mentone
The concrete dam above one of North Alabama’s tallest falls, DeSoto Falls, was built in 1925 for Alabama’s first hydroelectric power plant.

Grace’s High Falls

Fort Payne
At over 700 feet high, the seasonal Grace’s High Falls offers unparalleled views of similar creeks and waterfalls throughout your exploration.

High Falls

Geraldine
The park at High Falls features a natural bridge at the bottom of falls, along with a walking bridge that crosses over the waterfall.

Kinlock Falls

South of Moulton 
Located along Hubbard Creek in the Bankhead National Forest, Kinlock Falls offers a magnificent view and an area that people come to swim.

Lacefield Falls

Tuscumbia
Wild streams, box canyons, waterfalls, rock shelters and sandstone bluffs encompass the 700 acres where you’ll find Lacefield Falls .

Little River Falls

Border of Cherokee and DeKalb Counties
Located at the north end of America’s deepest and most extensive canyon systems east of the Mississippi, Little River Falls is surrounded by 14,000 acres of beauty.

Mardis Mill Falls

Oneonta
Mardi Mills — aka Graves Creek Falls — is located on Grave’s Creek (hence that nickname) which feeds into The Black Warrior River.

Mystic Falls

Hodges
Just off Canyon Road, Mystic Falls was developed for public enjoyment in the 1950s by Jasper and Mary Avery.

Noccalula Falls

Noccalula Falls Park, Gadsden
Named after a Creek Indian princess, Noccalula Falls is divided into two falls during normal rain conditions, and merged into one during heavier rains.

Pisgah Gorge Falls

Pisgah
At a total of 600 feet spread out over 1.5 miles, Pisgah Gorge Falls includes two large waterfalls that are each close to 100 feet tall.

Rainbow Falls

Dismals Canyon near Phil Campbell
In the areas surrounding Rainbow Falls, you’ll find pristine wilderness, romantic cabins, secluded campsites, hiking, swimming, canoeing, wildflowers, a country store and more.

Turkey Foot Falls

Double Springs, Alabama
Rich in Native American and pioneer history, Turkey Foot Falls is just a 30-minute walk from the Sipsey River Picnic Grounds and Rec Area.

Wilson Dam Falls

Florence, Alabama
The Wilson Dam is the only neoclassical-style dam in the Tennssee Valley Authority system, integrating themes of Ancient Roman and Greek architecture into the modern structure.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls without this guide.

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Alabama Bass Trail

The Alabama Bass Trail features 13 of Alabama’s premiere bass-fishing lakes and stretches from the mountains of North Alabama south to the Mobile Delta.

Alabama Bass Trail

With mild climate , mineral rich reservoirs, affordable lodging and dining, as well as public access to boat ramps and marinas, Alabama is a year-round destination for anglers from across the country.

The trail offers you an opportunity to fish where the pro’s fish. Alabama’s waters have been home to hundreds of regional and national tournament competitions drawing all the biggest names in the sport to the state repeatedly.  It’s also home to many top touring pros, both those who grew up here and those who moved here to enjoy bass resources in all seasons.

The lakes represented here are by no means the only outstanding bassing lakes in Alabama, but they represent a great cross-section scattered across the 52,400-square-mile state, where the combination of top-quality fishing experience merges with excellent marinas and boat ramps, great accommodations and a welcoming atmosphere among local businesses.

Whether you fish Guntersville for an 8-pound largemouth, visit the upper end of Pickwick for that 5-pound smallmouth, pull a 20-pound striper from Lewis Smith Lake or catch a boatload of tidewater bass from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, there are high-grade fishing opportunities from one end of Alabama to the other.

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Awaken your spirit.

The North Alabama Hallelujah Trail features 32 churches that are at least 100 years old, stand on their original sites, still hold services, and are accessible to the public.

These structures paint an immaculate portrait of North Alabama’s history and combine to tell the remarkable story of early Alabamians spiritual journey. The Hallelujah Trail winds through 16 counties and the churches were selected during an intensive two-year research process.

While some churches were designed by experienced architects, many are simple expressions showcasing the blood, sweat, and tears of early church members who simply felt the calling. Many church interiors feature what seem to be inelegant designs, but the gentle grace and perfect balance of the construction is what really stands out.

Several white painted timber-framed churches are nestled in quiet surroundings, standing as testimonies to those who wished to create a place of silence, prayer, and spiritual joy. Others can be found in serene locations, open on three sides, married to the woodlands with only a single room. Like the forest, each church has its atmosphere, fragrance, light and shadow. Sturdy benches and a simple wooden pulpit are the sole furnishings in some.

The stained glass windows are perhaps the most breathtaking feature of many churches on the trail. The glimmering sunlight warms and fills the sanctuaries with colorful prisms of nature’s power. The beautiful gothic, cathedral-like structures are truly great wonders of art. In addition, the tall elegant steeples rise into the heavens, touching the sky and providing a direct connection for the church denizens down below.

Some churches can be described as grand gothic edifices while others are simple clapboard buildings. No matter, the passion of the churches’ parishioners pulsates through the walls. Whatever your beliefs, these houses of worship cause us to pause, reflect, and recount the most important events in our lives: birth, marriage, death, and the mysteries that await.

Experience the Hallelujah Trail today.

The Hallelujah Trail was made possible by grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel, and the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association.

Please fill out the form below to download the Hallelujah Trail Guide.

Churches:
  • Blountsville United Methodist Church
  • Brilliant Methodist Church
  • Cambridge United Methodist Church
  • Church of the Forest
  • Corinth Church
  • Courtland Presbyterian Church
  • Episcopal Church of the Nativity
  • First Methodist Church of Guntersville
  • First Presbyterian Church of Athens
  • First Presbyterian Church of Fort Payne
  • First Presbyterian Church of Guntersville
  • First Presbyterian Church of Tuscumbia
  • First United Methodist Church of Attalla
  • First United Methodist Church of Red Bay
  • Hamilton Methodist Church
  • Helton Memorial Chapel
  • Keener United Methodist Church
  • Lebanon Campground Methodist Church
  • Mentone United Methodist Church
  • Mount Pleasant Methodist Church
  • Pine Torch Church
  • Round Mountain Baptist Church
  • Shady Grove Methodist Church
  • Shiloh Methodist Church
  • St. John's Episcopal Church
  • St. John's Episcopal Church of Tuscumbia
  • St. John's Evangelical Protestant Church
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church
  • Temple B'Nai Shalom
  • The Tabernacle of Hartselle
  • Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Woodville Methodist Chapel
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Experience Wine Country

When you think Alabama, chances are wine isn’t the first thing to come to mind.  But get this: North Alabama is home to a wide variety of wineries. Are you ready to experience the new wine country?

We’re here to help you plot your adventure!

Our wineries are close enough to each other that you can  visit several in a day and experience them all in a long weekend. They include Jules J. Berta Vineyards in Albertville, Wills Creek Vineyards in Attalla, Hidden Meadow Vineyards in Jemison, Maraella Winery in Hokes Bluff,  White Oak Vineyards in Anniston,  Fruithurst Winery in Furithurst,  High Country Cellars in Heflin and Whippoorwill Vineyards in Notasulga.

Every vineyard hosts wine tastings and has bottles available for purchase. Whether you’re packing a picnic and spending the day with that special someone, kicking back with good friends and even better wine, or developing your palate to impress your friends back home with new wine knowledge, there’s a world of adventure around every vine in North Alabama.

Not only will you have fun, but you’ll also get some health benefits! Recent research shows muscadine grapes grown in Alabama have an impressive 500% more antioxidants than other grapes.

We think that’s reason enough to raise a toast to  Alabama wineries!

Please fill out the form below to download the Wine Trail Guide.

Wineries: