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North Alabama is full of adventure! If you love food, we've got it. If you love festivals, we've got them. If you love the outdoors, we've got plenty of places to explore. Whatever you love, we're sure to have something for you. Check out our blog posts, and you'll see what we mean.

North Alabama Fall Color Trail

Monday, September 21, 2020 by Melea Hames

There’s a saying that says fall is a southerner’s gift for surviving summer. If that is indeed true, North Alabama’s fall gift is gorgeous, vibrant fall foliage. And North Alabama has many breathtaking spots to see some colorful scenery.

Blount County

Horton Mill, Easley, or Swann covered bridges, Mardis Mills Falls, Palisades Park, and Rickwood Caverns State Park are the best places near the

We are partnering with 100 Alabama Miles Challenge to do a photo contest! The 100 Alabama Miles Challenge is "a statewide program designed to inspire all Alabamians to kick-start an active, healthy lifestyle while exploring our beautiful state and connecting with fellow participants. We challenge all Alabamians to walk, run, hike, bike, swim, paddle, ride or roll 100 miles each year and to do so

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Three years ago my family and I found out about the 100 Alabama Miles Challenge. Ever since then, I’ve been earning miles and badges all over our state. The 100 Alabama Miles Challenge encourages Alabamians to live a healthier lifestyle by getting outdoors and exploring our beautiful state. You can earn miles by running, walking, cycling, mountain biking, hiking, paddling, rolling, and swimming.

North Alabama is full of fun and adventure and offers some of the best hiking around! While many are considered advanced hikes or more suitable for adults, there are plenty of trails for the entire family to enjoy. Check out a few of our favorites and share yours in the comments.

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High Falls Park

High Falls is 35 feet high, roughly 300 feet wide, and one of the biggest payoffs for a small effort

What better way to beat the heat than taking a dip in a cool pool or rushing down a slippery water slide? Here's a list of some of the best places in north Alabama to swim, but make sure to lather up with sunscreen first!

Go for a swim at DeSoto State Park’s swimming pool. Opens mid-July. (photo by DeSoto State Park)

DeSoto State Park pool

Get some sun on the beach at Lake Guntersville State Park. (photo by Melea

Where can you go on a tank of gas? How about a spirited adventure to visit the craft breweries and wineries in north Alabama? Craft breweries and wineries began popping up all over several years ago, and north Alabama is home to many award-winning family owned and operated breweries and wineries that are perfecting their craft. From Florence to Gadsden, these Alabama makers offer dozens of beers and wines unique to north Alabama. Also, when you download or request a hard copy of our Craft Beer Trail and Wine Trail brochures and complete the passport in each, you'll receive a free gift from us. Click here to download or request a passport.

Kayaking in North Alabama

Friday, May 8, 2020 by Melea Hames

Kayaking is a fun way to be in nature and get some exercise at the same time. Check out all the kayaking opportunities in north Alabama.

Lower Bear Creek Canoe Trail

The Lower Bear Creek Canoe Trail is the lower portion of Bear Creek at Red Bay down to Pickwick Lake. This 35-mile stretch offers a serene trip, except in flood stage, and is suited for the beginning canoeist. Canoeing on Bear Creek

Where can you go on a tank of gas? Outer space? Not quite, but this road trip can get you close enough. Take a trip to Huntsville and visit the world-famous U.S. Space & Rocket Center where you can learn about all things space. After you come back from space, explore the city and find more out-of-this-world treasures.

Where can you go on a tank of gas? Well, Muscle Shoals is a nice road trip to learn about the music that rocked the world. Artists like Aretha Franklin, Cher, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Steven Tyler, and many more recorded at one of the three iconic recording studios in the Shoals. Go on a music adventure and discover the history behind many famous hits.