Fall means football games, colorful foliage, getting lost in a corn maze, trips to the pumpkin patch, mums, pumpkin-flavored everything, fall festivals, cooler weather, and so much more. North Alabama is a wonderful place to celebrate fall and scratch all these fall bucket list items off your list. These activities need to be on your North Alabama fall bucket list:

Go to a Pumpkin Patch

McGee Farm in Florence, Belue Place Pumpkin Patch in Lexington, Hidden Rivers Farm in Hartselle, Isom's Orchard in Athens, and Boyd Family Farms in Ardmore are the perfect places to pick that perfect pumpkin and have some fall fun.

A close-up of pumpkins sitting in a field at McGee Farm in Florence, AL

Go to a Fall Festival 

Cullman OktoberfestBoaz Harvest FestivalTennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Festive Fall Gatherings in Downtown Gadsden, Historic Huntsville Guided Walking Tours, Athens Cemetery Stroll, Scottsboro BBQ FestivalRiver Clay Fine Arts FestivalAthens Haunts Walks, Blount County Covered Bridge Festival, Alabama Gourd Show, Athens Storytelling Festival, and Buttahatchee River Fall Festival are fun festivals and events to go to this fall!

Two stacks of haybales dressed and painted to look like a farm couple - oktoberfest

Go on a Haunted Walk

Athens Haunt Walks will take place every Tuesday and Thursday evenings in October in Athens. There will be two tours, 6:30pm and 7pm, and they will meet at the Athens-Limestone Tourism office at 100 N. Beaty Street. Also, you don't want to miss a ghost tour with the Southern Ghost Girls Paranormal Investigations! They've got several events throughout October.

Black and white photo of a cemetery from Southern Ghost Girls

Go on the North Alabama Fall Color Trail

North Alabama is gorgeous in the fall! Check out our North Alabama Fall Color Trail blog post for so many beautiful locations. You can also listen to our Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama podcast episode about Fall Color in North Alabama.

Littler River Falls and river framed by trees with leaves colored orange for fall

Take a Hike

Bankhead National Forest, Cane Creek Canyon, Dismals Canyon, Huntsville Botanical Garden, Hurricane Creek Park, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Noccalula Falls Park, Land Trust North Alabama, Point Mallard Park, Rails to Trails, Russell Cave National Monument, Walls of Jericho, and Wheeler Wildlife Refuge are just a few amazing places to take a hike in north Alabama! And don't forget our amazing six Alabama state parks in north Alabama: Buck’s Pocket, Cathedral Caverns, DeSoto, Joe Wheeler, Lake Guntersville, Monte Santo, and Rickwood Caverns.

Trees colored in fall foliage line the Little River Canyon Road

Visit a North Alabama Waterfall

Our waterfalls are absolutely gorgeous when framed by the vibrant colors of the trees in the fall. For more on our waterfalls, go to our North Alabama Waterfall Trail.

Fall foliage on the trees surrounding DeSoto Falls in Alabama

Go on the Covered Bridge Trail

We've got several covered bridges in north Alabama: Easley Covered Bridge – Rosa; Horton Mill Covered Bridge – Oneonta; Swann Covered Bridge – Cleveland; Clarkson-Legg Covered Bridge – Cullman; Cambron Covered Bridge – Huntsville; Old Union Covered Bridge – Mentone; Gilliland Reese Covered Bridge – Gadsden. Check out our Covered Bridge blog post.

Easley Covered Bridge surrounded by fall foliage

For even more things to do in North Alabama, check out our website at www.northalabama.org. We'd also love for you to listen and subscribe to our Unexpected Adventures in North Alabama Podcast to learn more about the unexpected things you'll find in north Alabama. Click the logo below to begin listening!

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