Blount County is full of history and adventure. From exploring the caves at Rickwood Caverns State Park to visiting three covered bridges that give Blount County the “Covered Bridge Capital” nickname, visitors are sure to find that Blount County is a beautiful place full of history and fun.
Mardis Mills Falls
Mardis Mills Falls is on our North Alabama Waterfall Trail and is out in the middle of nowhere in Blount County. The Falls is gorgeous and peaceful and the perfect place to sit and relax and even have a picnic.
Spring Valley Beach Water Park
Spring Valley Beach Water Park is so super fun! They have numerous fun water slides - including the 360 Rush, a huge pool, a fun kiddie area, and pavilions you can reserve ahead of time. You are also allowed to bring in your own food.
Rickwood Caverns State Park
Experience the thrill of Rickwood Cavern's miracle mile of underground caverns! The 260 million-year-old limestone formations, blind cave fish and underground pool are just a few of the natural wonders exhibited in the colorful cavern. The park features an Olympic-size swimming pool, snack bar, picnic area, large and small picnic shelter, hiking trails, playground, campground and gift shop. (photo by North Alabama Ambassador Amanda Bridges-Dunn)
Palisades Park is on top of Ebell Mountain. Being in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, you'll see some beautiful views. You'll also find evidence of the park's seabed origins in the rock formations. Just like at Rickwood Caverns, you can see embedded marine fossils from the late Paleozoic Era.
Blountsville Historical Park
The Blountsville Historical Park is home to many log cabins that have been restored and have period furnishings in them as well.
Easley Covered Bridge
"Built in 1927, the 95-foot bridge is a town lattice truss construction over a single span. The Easley Covered Bridge was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on March 3, 1976. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 20, 1981. It is currently the oldest and shortest of three historic covered bridges still existing in Blount County. The bridge which had been closed in 2009 has now been restored and reopened to motor vehicle traffic on October 22, 2012. It is accessible from both sides of Easley Bridge Road. It is maintained by the Blount County Commission and the Alabama Department of Transportation.
The Easley Covered Bridge was built by a crew led by foreman Forrest Tidwell and his nephew Zelma C. Tidwell in 1927 over Dub Branch. Other than occasional repair work, the bridge had been in continuous use since it was constructed.
After a routine inspection, the Easley Covered Bridge was closed in 2009 due to unsafe conditions along with nearby Swann Covered Bridge. The Horton Mill Covered Bridge was already closed as a result of vandalism which occurred in 2007. Restoration of all three bridges began in late 2011. Following necessary repairs and upgrades, the Easley Covered Bridge was reopened to motor vehicle traffic on October 22, 2012." (source: Wikipedia and photo by Susan Johnson)
Horton Mill Covered Bridge
"Built in 1934, the 220-foot bridge is a Town Lattice truss construction over two spans. The Horton Mill Covered Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 29, 1970, the first covered bridge in the southeastern United States to be added. At 70 feet, it is the highest covered bridge above any U.S. waterway. It was reopened on March 11, 2013 after being closed in 2007 due to vandalism. The bridge is currently open to motor vehicle traffic. However, there is only one lane and the posted speed limit is 5 MPH." (source: Wikipedia and photo by North Alabama Ambassador Robert Posey)
Swann Covered Bridge
“The Swann Covered Bridge was built by a crew led by Zelma C. Tidwell over a scenic gorge of the Locust Fork on property owned by the Swann Farm. It was originally dubbed the 'Joy Covered Bridge', as the bridge connected Cleveland with the nearby community of Joy. The bridge was restored by the Blount County Commission in 1979. After the 385-foot Nectar Covered Bridge (also located in Blount County) burned down in 1993, the Swann Covered Bridge became the longest covered bridge existing in Alabama. It is one of 3 historic covered bridges remaining in Blount County.” (source: Wikipedia and photo by North Alabama Ambassador Robert Posey)
blountsville United Methodist Church
Moving from Tennessee, Ebenezer Hearn was called upon to organize the first Methodist Church of Alabama. What began as a Methodist camp on a Creek Indian site progressively transformed into a building in 1886, now known as Blountsville United Methodist Church. In a local news article in 1886, CF Hamil, the Sunday School Superintendent and Otto Pulls, architect, were commended for bringing “the finest edifice in this whole section of the country.” Today 200 members attend church every Sunday underneath the hand-hewned beams that are still visible today.