The Best Outdoor Activities in Alabama
Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.
Cliff Jump at High Falls Park
Alabama / High Falls Park
This park is fairly small and definitely off the beaten path on Alabama's back roads, so be sure to pay attention to which streets you're on.
Hike to Stephens Gap
Alabama / Stephens Gap Trailhead
The hike is 2 miles round trip. It starts from the open space where you park. (Details on where to park when you email in the permit). There is a sign labeled as the trailhead.
Climb Sand Rock
Alabama / Cherokee Rock Village
Sand Rock is a unique set of rock outcropping that erupts from Shinbone Ridge overlooking scenic Lake Weiss.
Cliff Jump at Acapulco Rock (Chimney Rock)
Alabama / Acapulco Rock
Acapulco Rock is a great spot for cliff jumping for all ages. There are plenty of spots to jump from varying heights. Acapulco Rock (also referred to as Chimney Rock) is accessible only by water.
Hike to Pulpit Rock
Alabama / Pulpit Rock Trailhead
Atop a rocky perch on the side of Mt. Cheaha (the highest point in Alabama), you'll have a breathtaking view and ample opportunities for photography.
Photograph Noccalula Falls
Alabama / Noccalula Falls
Noccalula Falls is definitely beautiful from the top, however, you can really get an idea of the pure power of this waterfall by finding your way to the bottom.
Explore Little River Falls
Alabama / Little River Falls
Little River Falls is a popular site within the Little River Canyon National Preserve, a 12 mile long, 600 ft deep canyon.
Hike to King's Chair
Alabama / Oak Mountain State Park North Trailhead
The pin leads you to the parking lot of Oak Mountain State Park. To get into Oak Mountain State Park there is a $5 fee.
Trail Run to Skyhy Tree House at Red Mountain Park
Alabama / Red Mountain Parking
From the park entrance there are several ways to get to Skyhy Tree House, and the trail system allows for loops of varying distances and difficulty.
Backpack to McDill Point
Alabama / Cheaha Trailhead
Start hiking at Cheaha Trailhead, located at the far end of a parking area just before you get to Cheaha State Park on Highway 281.
Hike to Ruffner Mountain's Hawk's View Overlook
Alabama / Ridge and Valley Trailhead
Park at the little league baseball fields that are across the road from the access point where the trail meets the road on the southeastern corner of the preserve that you can see on the map.
Hike to the Base of DeSoto Falls
Alabama / Desoto Falls Hike Pull-Off
The main visitor entrance to DeSoto Falls in Mentone, AL provides easy, paved trails along the upper rim of the falls.
Hike to Peavine Falls
Alabama / Peavine Trailhead
The Peavine falls parking is located at the pin. You can also follow signs to the South Trailhead and from there, follow signs to Peavine Falls.
Camp at Sand Rock
Alabama / Cherokee Rock Village
We camped in a rooftop tent, but many people used traditional tents and hammocks. After purchasing a camping permit, drive right up to your campsite. There are three general camping areas.
Take in the View from Bald Rock in Cheaha State Park
Alabama / Bald Rock Trailhead
Bald Rock is maybe the most easily accessible views I have ever experienced.
Exploring Moss Rock Preserve
Alabama / Moss Rock Preserve
Home to one of the largest boulder fields in Southeast, Moss Rock Preserve provides adventure for all types of explorers.
Swim at Martha's Falls
Alabama / Little River Falls Canyon Parking
Martha Falls, formerly known as Little Falls and the “Hippie Hole” by the locals, is a popular swimming hole a part of Little River Canyon National Preserve, located along the state line of Alabama a.
Hike to Falling Rock Falls
Alabama / Falling Rock Falls Trailhead
The location of the pin leads you to a gravel road with a gated entrance. Park at the white gate and start to hike up the gravel road.
Hike to the Smith Mountain Fire Tower (Lake Martin)
Alabama / Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail
The Smith Mountain Fire Tower is the perfect location to get a glimpse of the vastness of one of the largest man made lakes in the United States.
Hike to Upper Caney Creek Falls
Alabama / Caney Creek Falls Trailhead
This short trail drops into the Caney Creek Canyon, hitting the waterfall in just 1 mile.
Canoe and Cliff Jump at Lake Nicol
Alabama / Lake Nicol Parking Area
Lake Nicol has several miles of unofficial trails that circle the west bank of the lake which features up to forty foot cliffs that provide both cliff jumping and an excellent view of the lake.
Kayak the Cahaba River
Alabama / Cahaba River
There are several places you can drop your kayak in. This is one of the more accessible spots. Another popular spot for dropping in your kayak is located on Grants Mill Road.
Hike to Dismals Canyon Falls
Alabama / Dismals Canyon Falls
This is a short and pretty trail, great for the whole family. Glowworms, called dismalites, are a special attraction in the summer. There is a $10 fee for adults, $6.75 for kids.
Bouldering at Moss Rock Preserve
Alabama / Moss Rock Boulder Field Trailhead
Moss Rock has abundant parking, and easy access to all climbing areas.
Hike to the Sipsey Wilderness Waterfalls
Alabama / Sipsey Wilderness
The 25,000-acre Sipsey Wilderness is a landscape of canyons, ravines, sandstone cliffs, and, most notably, waterfalls.
Hike to Cheaha Falls
Alabama / Chinnabee Silent Trailhead
In Cheaha State Park, head west on Chinnabee Silent Trail. You will reach the falls in just 0.75 miles, but be cautious due to slippery rocks.
Climb at Palisades Park
Alabama / Palisades Park
Palisades Park is a great place for beginners and advanced climbers. Following the pin, the crag is easily accessible from the parking lot.
Bouldering Horse Pens 40
Alabama / Horse Pens 40
Horse Pens 40 is a very well known place for bouldering throughout Alabama. The parking and location arepretty well-marked with signs as you get closer to arriving.
Mountain Bike at Oak Mountain State Park
Alabama / Oak Mountain State Park South Trailhead
Oak Mountain State Park has some great mountain biking for all ages and all skill levels.
SCUBA Dive at Blue Water Quarry
Alabama / blue water park
Blue water park is a popular diving location tucked away off a main highway in a central Alabama town named Pelham.
Mountain Bike in Chewacla SP
Alabama / Southwest Trail
Few places in the southeast have as wide a range of mountain biking as CSP, which includes standard XC trails, a well groomed and extensive dirt jump area, flow trails, and a wicked feature area comp.
Run at Jemison Park
Alabama / Jemison Park
Jemison Park is a 54-acre green space located in historic Mountain Brook.
Visit the Coon Dog Cemetery
Alabama / Coon Dog Cemetery
Located in "the middle of nowhere" the Coon Dog Cemetery is a great picnic spot for your road trip, on a scenic road that will let you bypass a portion of the bland interstate.