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Canyons, Caves, & Waterfalls

Check out some of Northern Alabama's best spots for breathtaking views.

Explore unexpected beautiful places on the Canyons, Caves, and Waterfalls tour. Take a drive along the Canyon Rim Road in Little River Canyon, which is the largest gorge east of the Mississippi River, and see many breathtaking views. Explore the depths of Cathedral Caverns and Russell Cave National Monument. Take in the beauty of several of North Alabama’s beautiful waterfalls like Little River Falls in Little River Canyon, DeSoto Falls, and Noccalula Falls. These beautiful places plus more await you on the Canyons, Caves, and Waterfalls tour.

Tour Timeline: Any Season

(Please note, depending on when flight arrives at Huntsville International Airport, optional afternoon and evening receptions or destination stops may be added.)

Arrival and travel to Lake Guntersville State Park

Cathedral Caverns State Park
Lake Guntersville lake tour to Bat Cave
Jules J. Berta Winery

Morning travel to Gadsden and hotel check-in
Noccalula Falls Park
Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts
Tigers for Tomorrow

Morning travel to DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne
Driving tour of Little River Canyon & Waterfalls
Little River Canyon Center
Fort Payne Depot Museum
Orbix Hot Glass

Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum
Russel Cave National Monument
Meal at Goose Pond Colony, Scottsboro
Shopping at Unclaimed Baggage Center, Scottsboro
Afternoon travel to Huntsville

U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Huntsville Botanical Garden
Lowe Mill

Departure

Destinations

Lake Guntersville State Lodge

1. Lake Guntersville State Park

DAY 1 Arrive at beautiful Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. A 6,000-acre park located along the shore of Lake Guntersville, offering swimming, boating, tennis, 18-hole golf course, hiking, nature center, cottages, chalets and campground. The lodge, chalets, and convention center are situated on a 500-foot bluff overlooking Lake Guntersville.

Cathedral Caverns

2. Cathedral State Park

DAY 2 Stop 1 The first thing you notice about Cathedral Cavers is the massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high. Inside the cavern, you will find Big Rock Canyon, Mystery River and some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created. Among them, you will see Stalagmite Mountain, the Frozen Waterfall, and Goliath, a huge stalagmite column that reaches the ceiling of the cave some 45 feet above! Human habitation can be traced back 8,000 years.

Jules J. Berta Vineyards

3. Jules J. Berta Winery

Day 2 Stop 2 Located atop Sand Mountain in Albertville, Ala. The vineyards are five acres of vines on a 22 acre farm, and mostly consist of Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and other varietals. They additionally have fruits wines and Muscadine wines grown by local Alabama farmers.

Noccalula Falls Park

4. Noccalula Falls Park

Nestled among the trees in the park is a pioneer village, a group of rustic, hand-hewn log buildings representing a display of pioneer living conditions, included in the village are a country store, grist mill, covered bridge, pioneer home, smoke house, blacksmith shop and more. Other park attractions include a War Memorial and Museum, botanical gardens, hiking trails, sightseeing train, playground, carpet golf, picnic pavilions, Wedding Chapel and honeymoon cabins, and meeting facilities.

Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc.

5. Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts

Includes three art galleries, the Imagination Place Children’s Hands-on Museum, a 72-foot working model railroad, and the Gadsden Community School of the Arts.

Tigers For Tomorrow

6. Tigers for Tomorrow

Looking for a unique experience? Take a trip to Untamed Mountain. Tigers for Tomorrow is a wild animal park and environmental education center that’s home to over 130 animals. See 70 big cats, wolves, and bears. Children can interact with barnyard animals at their contact yard.

Little River Canyon Natl Preserve

7. Little River Canyon Center

A partnership between Jacksonville State University and Little River Canyon National Preserve. The Center provides visitors with information, educational and recreational opportunities, and an impressive HD film about Little River Canyon.

DeSoto State Park

8. DeSoto State Park

Offers a lodge, cabins, motel, full service restaurant, campground, primitive camping, nature center, hiking and biking trails, Olympic-size pool, canoeing, boating, and fishing areas. Located atop Lookout Mountain near Little River Canyon National Preserve and near DeSoto Falls day use area.

Fort Payne Depot Museum

9. Fort Payne Depot Museum

Features exhibits typical of the lifestyles of the late 1800s and the early 1900s. The museum features Native American pottery, basketry, tools, and clothing. Old Fort Payne Depot was built by the Alabama Great Southern Railroad in 1891.

Orbix Hot Glass

10. Orbix Hot Glass

Owned by artist Cal Breed, creates creates unique handmade functional art glass and sculpture. Orbix studio and gallery is located on Lookout Mountain in Alabama.

11. Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum

An important Civil War railroad junction. Station now houses a collection of military, agricultural, Indian artifacts, railroad, and other local memorabilia.

Russell Cave National Monument

  • Location: 3729 Co. Rd. 98 Bridgeport, AL 35740
  • Phone: (256) 495-2672 Billing: (256)845-9605
  • http://www.nps.gov/ruca
12. Russell Cave National Monument

Russell Cave is an archaeological site with one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast.

Goose Pond Colony/Plantation

13. Goosepond Colony

Complete resort offering golfing, camping, fishing, lodging, boating, marina service, and a wide selection of events at our civic center.

Unclaimed Baggage Center

14. Unclaimed Baggage Center

Experience Unclaimed Baggage, one of the most unique Alabama tourist attractions. Come browse our selection of lost luggage – you never know what you'll find!

U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Inc.

15. US Space & Rocket Center

Huntsville is home to the largest space museum in the world: the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Not only is America’s space program on exhibit in Huntsville, it was forged in Huntsville. We’re known as the “Rocket City” because Huntsville, Alabama is where rockets were developed that put men on the moon.

Huntsville Botanical Gardens

16. Huntsville Botanical Garden

Huntsville Botanical Garden is located in the heart of Madison County, right off I-565, adjacent to the US Space & Rocket Center and offers the optimal blend – wildlife, foliage, florals, trails, specialty gardens, pavilions, a butterfly house, walkways, lakes, and more.

17. Lowe Mill

America's largest independent art facility! With more than 200 artists in 127 incredible studios, Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment is the place to be in Huntsville if you are a lover of art, music, food and fun. With over a hundred artists working in public studio spaces, three art galleries, a theater that hosts every imaginable kind of live performance, a record store, food stands, and dozens of events, shows, classes every month, there is always something fun to do at Lowe Mill.