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ALABAMA SCENIC RIVER TRAIL

ALABAMA SCENIC RIVER TRAIL
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The Alabama Scenic River Trail is the only blueway that has it all—from mountain streams to river delta to the salty waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Paddling and powerboat experiences and exploration abound along over 3000 miles of accessible waterways with amenities and campsites to support everything from long-distance touring to organized paddles to races, overnight trips or any kind of day trip you might imagine. It’s all waiting for the whitewater enthusiast, the naturalist and the family who just wants to play.

ALABAMA TOURISM DEPARTMENT

ALABAMA TOURISM DEPARTMENT
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The mandated function of the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel is to plan and conduct all state programs involving information and publicity that are designed to attract tourists to the State of Alabama. The bureau is one of the agencies primarily involved in carrying out the Economic Development function of Alabama government

APPALACHIAN HIGHLANDS BIRDING TRAIL

APPALACHIAN HIGHLANDS BIRDING TRAIL
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From the forested hills of the Ridge and Valley region to the rich pastures and farmlands of its river-carved valleys, the Appalachian Highlands Birding Trail provides a wide diversity of habitats for birds, including the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and area endemics like the Brown-headed Nuthatch, as well as an exciting list of migrants and year-round residents. Especially noteworthy for bird-lovers are the many rivers that flow through this region, including the Black Warrior, the Cahaba, the Coosa, and the Tallapoosa, which attract a variety of water birds as well. The Appalachian Highlands Birding Trail features 38 approved sites in Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Jefferson, St Clair, Shelby, and Talladega counties, covering an area of over four million acres.

APPALACHIAN HIGHLANDS SCENIC BYWAY

APPALACHIAN HIGHLANDS SCENIC BYWAY
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The Appalachian Highlands Scenic Byway passes through some of the most scenic areas of the State of Alabama. The natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains provides a scenic backdrop for travelers on the byway as the route winds along lush vegetation, interesting geologic formations and quaint historic rural communities. Approximately 80 miles in length, the Appalachian Highlands Scenic Byway is located in the northeastern part of the state. It traverses through portions of Cleburne, Calhoun, Cherokee and DeKalb Counties. AHSB connects I59 in Fort Payne to I20 in Heflin.

 

CANYON CENTER

CANYON CENTER
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The Little River Canyon Center is a Jacksonville State University building located in Northeast Alabama that adjoins the Little River Canyon National Preserve in the city of Fort Payne. With a portion leased to the National Park Service and the staff of the Little River Canyon National Preserve, the facility features a Grand Hall, HD movie theater, gift shop, natural history library, exhibits, classrooms, back deck, outdoor amphitheater and trails for both education and adventure.

 

CHATTOKEE HUNTING LODGE

CHATTOKEE HUNTING LODGE
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A premier Alabama hunting lodge and Alabama fly fishing lodge nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in northeast Alabama. They own or have access to prime locations for Alabama hunting and fly fishing and provide outstanding service and amenities that will ensure an exciting and memorable experience.

CHEROKEE COUNTY COUNTRY CLUB

CHEROKEE COUNTY COUNTRY CLUB

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Cherokee County Country Club is a semi-private golf course located in Centre, AL.
256-927-5070

  • Par 71 course
  • 6088 yards blue tees
  • 5491 yards white tees
  • 4777 yards gold tees
  • 4663 yards red tee
  • Course available to rent for private tournaments.

CHEROKEE ROCK VILLAGE

CHEROKEE ROCK VILLAGE
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This 250 acre park contains enormous boulders of limestone and quartz rising to 200 feet and measuring 70 feet wide in places. Native Americans lived in the area from 8000 B.C. to the Cherokee Indian Removal in 1838. The park has natural arches, mountain springs and walking trails. Today the site is a popular place for rock climbers, hikers and others who go to enjoy the outdoors. Located at the end of County Road 70 in Sand Rock. Owned and managed by Cherokee County Park Board Authority 256-927-7275 and leave message

CORNWALL FURNACE

CORNWALL FURNACE
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Erected in 1862, this cold blast furnace was the first in the country to be powered by water. The Furnace provided pig iron to the ironworks for the Confederate and is said to be the best preserved in the southeast. This 5 ½ acre park contains a nature trail and picnic pavilion. Located on County Road 251 in Cedar Bluff.

Owned and managed by Cherokee County Park Board Authority
256-927-7275

EAST ALABAMA TOURISM ASSOCIATION

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East Alabama Tourist Association supports eight counties:  Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega, and Tallapoosa. Visit their website for thngs to see and do in East Alabama.

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HWY 411 DRIVE-IN

HWY 411 DRIVE-IN
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411 Twin Drive In Theatre & Grill is located at 300 County Road 265 (Old Hwy 411) between Centre and Leesburg. Home of great food and great movies. The theater is open year-round, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and open 7 nights a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, playing all new release movies with 2 double features to choose from every Friday, Saturday,and Sunday. Great food and great prices, its fun for the whole family!

JSU FIELD SCHOOL

JSU FIELD SCHOOL
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JSU Field School programs and events cultivate a comprehension of Alabama's natural and cultural significance, celebrate diversity, and foster stewardship of the natural world. Our instructors apply immersion-based learning, Natural History interpretation and outdoor adventure to create unique programs that are not only educational but extremely fun. So whether you join us for a hike, a paddling trip, a campfire talk, an astronomy safari, or an environmental arts workshop, you will be enchanted by our style of teaching.

LITTLE RIVER CANYON NATIONAL PRESERVE

LITTLE RIVER CANYON NATIONAL PRESERVE
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Little River is unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs offer settings for a variety of recreational activities. Natural resources and cultural heritage come together to tell the story of the Preserve, a special place in the Southern Appalachians.

LITTLE RIVER CANYON MOUTH PARK PICNIC AREA

LITTLE RIVER CANYON MOUTH PARK & PICNIC AREA
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A great day facility for families and groups. Enjoy Little River year round. Many people enjoy the beach and swimming in the year round cool waters. Several hiking trails are nearby. There is a pavilion, several grills and public restrooms. Bring your rod and fish upstream. Canyon Mouth Park is a great place for birdwatching.

LITTLE RIVER MANAGEMENT AREA

LITTLE RIVER MANAGEMENT AREA
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Hunting adventures at the Canyon and the Backwoods area of the Little River National Preserve. There is also Horseback Riding, Camping, birdwatching, and lots more outdoor activities to enjoy.

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN PARKWAY

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN PARKWAY
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The Parkway spans three states as it stretches across Lookout Mountain from Gadsden, Alabama to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Within its 93-miles, one will find waterfalls, canyons, scenic brow vistas, unique towns and villages, state and national parks and preserves and many more natural wonders. The Annual World’s Longest Yardsale takes place on the route each August.

 

NORTH ALABAMA - Alabama Mountin Lakes Tourism

NORTH ALABAMA - Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Associaiton
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Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association supports and promotes tourism for the 16 North Alabama counties. We are a regional tourism office located in central North Alabama. The region includes 16 counties that offer 8 sport fishing lakes, 5 state parks, over 175 attractions, over 160 shopping and dining locations, and numerous outdoor adventure opportunities.

 

ROME SAILING CLUB

ROME SAILING CLUB
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Welcome aboard! We are primarily lake sailors with club facilities on Lake Weiss at Leesburg, AL. (Just west of Rome, Georgia.) We love to meet other sailors and would-be sailors. Come and pay us a visit!

RED NECK YACHT CLUB

RED NECK YACHT CLUB

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Located on Terrapin Creek. Two locations to serve your canoe and kayak rental needs. Many people enjoy the lower run to Ellisville from year round.
256-504-8690

TERRAPIN OUTDOOR CENTER

TERRAPIN OUTDOOR CENTER
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Canoes and kayaks rental and trip guide service! There's nothing better than a quiet peaceful float down Terrapin Creek. Clean clear water, beautiful scenery, great fishing, wildlife, and enough moving water to keep things interesting.

 

WEISS DAM

WEISS DAM
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Whether you enjoy fishing from a boat, a pier, or a bank, and whether you prefer open water or secluded inlets, you'll find a great fishing spot at Weiss Dam.

 

WEISS LAKE

WEISS LAKE

Weiss Lake is owned and operated by the Alabama Power Company. The lake consists of 30,200 acres, all coming from the Coosa River, Chattooga River and Little River, offering over 447 miles of shoreline and shallow flats , large coves, under-water drop offs and deep channels. Read more.

YELLOW CREEK FALLS

YELLOW CREEK FALLS

The picturesque waterfalls flow over natural rocks into Weiss Lake at the footers from the Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railway trestle. Yellow Creek Falls, can be seen from Alabama Hwy 273 near Leesburg, is a favorite destination for boaters and kayakers. In 1911, this scenic route which ran the length of Lookout Mountain from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Gadsden, Alabama, was known as the T.A.G. Rail Line. Sometime between 1930 and 1951, the TAG Rail Line discontinued passenger service and operated a small gasoline motor car, the "Scooter," to haul passengers and mail. In 1971, the line was purchased by the Southern Railway System and segments were abandoned in the 1980's.