Three covered bridges still exist in Blount County, the Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama and home of the popular Covered Bridge Festival. Enjoy a scenic drive through farmlands and rolling hills on tree-lined roads with lots of curves.
Located one mile west of Cleveland, just off Alabama 79, and is the longest in the south with a 324 feet span.
North of Oneonta on U.S. 231 between Oneonta and Cleveland at Rosa (turn on the road leading beside Pine Grove Baptist Church). It is considered the “baby” of the three bridges at just 95 feet but may be the most picturesque of them all. It is a Town-type bridge 14 feet wide and just 18 feet above the river there. It was built in 1927 and 1928 shortly before the other two.
Built in 1935 to replace another, located about three-fourth mile below the present site and built in 1894 or ’95 by L.M. Horton. The 42,000 board feet of lumber required for Horton Mill Bridge’s town-truss style was bought at $17 per thousand. All work was done strictly, securely, and solidly “by hand” without benefit of modern tools. Horton Mill rises 70 feet above the Calvert Prong of the Warrior River making it the highest covered bridge above water in the United States. The restoration of the bridges in the early and mid-1970s was due primarily to efforts of the Blount County Historical Society. Horton Mill then became the first covered bridge in the South to be named to the National Register of Historic Places. Horton Mill Bridge is located just to the left off Alabama75 about five miles north of Oneonta.
Tucked cozily into the Appalachian foothills of Big Wills Valley, Wills Creek Vineyards & Winery dances on the cusp of tradition and tranquility. Surrounded by breathtaking views, this is a destination designed for relaxation, making memories, and unforgettable wine. Stop by to discover the wonders of Wills Creek Winery - cheers!
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.