• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
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Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Wildflowers

Started in 1937, when local the local legend, "Troop", was buried at the spot where coon hunters would gather to swap stories, the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard became the world's only Coon Dog Cemetery and is a great place to take in nearly 100 years of backwoods history and culture.

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. There are a pair of outhouses but no running water, so bring your owner your picnic lunch. 

Although there are no Red Ferns growing over the markers, this place is definitely a special piece of Alabama heritage and the air is thick with tradition, from the pennies stacked on each gravestone to the untouched feeling of the surrounding woods. 

I visited in the mid morning and the golden light streaming through the foliage created a simple beauty that enveloped the site.

Check out the link below to learn more about the history of the cemetery and the requirements for a dog to be buried there.

http://www.coondogcemetery.com

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A man's best friend should have a proper burial.

8 months ago
8 months ago

Peaceful and historical. Visited during their annual Labor Day celebration; local artists and bluegrass singers set up around the cemetery. It was a wonderful experience of southern community and tradition.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

John Morgan Harrison

Studying Product Design and Business at The University of Alabama, filling my free time with exploration and art.

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