Awaken your spirit.
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.
- 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