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Explore the Park Sites in the Heart of Dixie

A staple of the beautiful southeastern United States, Alabama plays host to stunning wooded landscapes, historic military sites, and plenty of American history. The Yellowhammer State features seven national park sites, and welcomes over 750,000 visitors each year.

Explore the massive Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area on the Tennessee River for history, heritage, and outdoor recreation. The Alabama NHA features lakes, trails, and attractions like the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, the Belle Mont Mansion, and much more. More outdoor fun is found at the Little River Canyon National Preserve – a 14,000-acre park on top of Lookout Mountain.

Hunting, fishing, and sights like Grace's High Falls can be found in this northern Alabama playground. Sweet home Alabama was also instrumental in American military history. Discover the missions of the famous WWII pilots at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, or explore the site of the Creek War of 1812 at the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park.

Conecuh National Forest

As you plan out your next trek through Alabama, head for the southern region of the state and be sure to check out Conecuh National Forest. As one of the state's most impressive and well-visited attractions, Conecuh National Forest is a sprawling behemoth of a park – you'll want to explore as much as you can of the 83,861 acres.

Conecuh National Forest can be found near the southern border in Alabama in the city of Andalusia. It features broad floodplains, with large large ridges and stream terraces. One of the most popular destinations within Conecuh is the Blue Lake Recreation Area – fishing, boating, and plenty more to do there.

William B. Bankhead National Forest

An outdoor adventure for the ages awaits you in Alabama. Like many states in the south, Alabama's travel landscape is rich with popular and must-see festivals, a wide range of historic sites, and plenty of family-first fun – but don't forget about the outdoor recreation. In northern Alabama, be sure to explore the William B. Bankhead National Forest.

Plan your stay in the city of Cullman and spend full days trekking through the Bankhead National Forest – there are 181,230 acres to check out, so get ready. Within this impressive and diverse forest, be sure to visit Sipsey Fork, Alabama's only National Wild and Scenic River.

Russell Cave National Monument

Encompassing roughly 310 acres of northern Alabama scenery, the Russell Cave National Monument can be found near Huntsville. The park's primary attraction is Russell Cave, formed over 300 million years ago, and available for exploration by visitors today via ranger-guided tours. Further outdoor exploration can be found along Wildflower Meadow and the 1.2-mile North Alabama Birding Trail which winds around the base of Montague Mountain. Visitors will also want to make a stop at the Gilber H. Grosvenor Visitor Center for museum artifacts, displays, and gifts.