Northeast Alabama is the perfect destination for anyone who loves to spend their vacations enjoying the great outdoors. With options for hunting, fishing, boating, white water rafting, and hiking, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
If you’re a fan of hunting, northeastern Alabama offers a bounty of unspoiled wilderness that few other areas can rival. With deer, turkey, quail, and pheasants all found in abundance, you will have no shortage of available sport. Little River Canyon National Preserve, located near Fort Payne and Lookout Mountain, is a national park with designated hunting areas. If you are looking for something a bit more exclusive, Lookout Creek Farm, also located near Lookout Mountain, offers hunting and observation on 250 acres of private property. You do not need a reservation to hunt in Little River Canyon National Preserve, but you will need one for Lookout Creek Farm.
Remember that although certain locations do not require licenses for specific types of game, others do. Learn what licensing you will need beforehand to be able to fully enjoy your trip.
Fishing and Boating
With its prolific selection of waterways, northeast Alabama is the perfect spot for your fishing or boating expedition. Several state parks, including Buck’s Pocket State Park, DeKalb County State Public Fishing Lake, DeSoto State Park, High Falls Park, and Little River Canyon National Preserve, offer excellent fishing opportunities. Many of these also are available for boating and other water sports.
White Water Rafting
The Tennessee River and its tributaries all flow through northeastern Alabama, creating a white water rafter’s dreamland. There are runs that go from the easiest possible floats downstream all the way to exciting class 5 rapids and everything in between. If you’re new to the sport, there are experienced guides who can show you the time of your life while still keeping you safe. For the more experienced, there are creeks that will challenge your skills and keep that adrenaline pumping!
All of Alabama’s beautiful state parks offer hiking options, but where you go will depend on what you want to experience. Head to Buck’s Pocket State Park for miles of hiking trails that range from moderate to strenuous. DeSoto State Park offers 12 miles of scenic hiking, including through a deep canyon, lush forests, and by stunning waterfalls. Little River Canyon National Preserve offers more canyons and waterfalls, as well as the opportunity to explore with horses.