Alabama Off The Beaten Path

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    blakeley battlefield
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    Monument of an Italian Icon
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  • Alcove of spires and dispalys of relgion
    Alcove of spires and dispalys of relgion
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Alabama Off The Beaten Path

  • Treetop Nature Trail

    This is easy to miss, so look for it! Right in Oak Mountain State Park. By the way, it's right across the street from parking lot at the beach on the Lake.You can stroll along a broad, elevated boardwalk that winds through the trees in a secluded woodland valley. We found this boardwalk a pretty nice idea to keep you off the ground and the possible...

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  • A resident of the Treetop Nature Trail

    Had to show you my best picture taken of a Hawk at the Treetop Nature Trail. The others were not as clear because of their ability to blend into their surroundings. We enjoyed seeing each resident from afar anyway and reading about them. This is a really nice place to take children to learn to understand and appreciate these magnificent wild...

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  • Scottsboro's Gold Mine

    In Scottsboro, there is the Unclaimed Baggage Store which has loads of items from luggage lost in flight. Founded in 1970 it soon became a full time venture. Incorporated in 1978, it turned into one of the great hidden bargain centers.Over a million items pass through the store annually.This is only one department. They have everything you can...

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  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    The Natchez Trace Parkway takes you through the northwest corner of the state of Alabama and is a very scenic drive. I enjoy traveling on the Natchez Trace Parkway, which goes from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. The Trace only goes through a small part of Alabama, but I think it is one of the most scenic. Get off the Trace before it...

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  • Russell Cave National Monument

    For more than 9,000 years there is a record of human habitation in this cave which is in the mountains of North Alabama, near the Tennessee border. It is one of the oldest and best preserved archeological sites in the eastern United States.Russell Cave National Mounument was established on May 11, 1961, on 310 acres of land donated by the National...

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  • Fort Gaines

    The first construction attempt for fortification of the Mobile Bay area was following the War of 1812. Several attempts were made, each less than successful. In 1853 a fort was filially constructed which Congress named for General Edmund Pendleton Gaines.From Interstate 10 take exit 17 south onto State Highway 193. Follow Highway 193 for 23 miles,...

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  • Bald Cypress Swamps

    One of the most distinctive habitat types of the American South are the bald cypress swamps. A member of the redwood family, the bald cypress is one of the few firs that is deciduous. They are aquatic trees, growing in the very wet swampy soil of river systems, flood-plain lakes, and deep swamps. The trunks of bald cypress are enlarged at the base,...

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  • Hank Williams Sr grave

    Driving through Montgomery, Alabama one time we remembered that the country singer Hank Williams was buried there. We stopped and asked for directions to the cemetery and drove to it. There are beautiful monuments there at the graves of Hank and his wife, Audrey.SEE PICTURES IN MY TRAVELOGUE

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  • Jones Archaeological Museum at...

    A small yet informative museum located in the center of the Moundsville park, this museum and giftshop is bound to have something to teach you or for you to take home with you.The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was born during the turmoil of the Great Depression. Hundreds of thousands of young men were out of work, and wasteful exploitation of...

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  • Moundsville, Alabama

    South on Hwy 69 from I-20, entering the small country town of "Moundsville", most famous for its Mississippian Pyramid/mound culture ceremonial and ritual complex also called the same as the town - "Moundsville". This is the home to one of the best preserved archaeological sites of its kind in North America. At the height of its empire, Moundsville...

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  • Talladega National Forest

    There are three National Forests in Alabama: William B. Bankhead National Forest in the North, Conecuh National Forest in the South, and Talladega National Forest in the East and Central portions of the state. The Talladega is divided into two divisions, Oakmulgee Division in the central part of the state and the Talladega Division in the eastern...

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  • St. Stephens: Where Alabama Began

    Once the territorial capital of Alabama, Saint Stephens today is a ghost town. It is on the Banks of the Tombigbee River and situated on a high bluff which the Choctaw Indians called Hobucakintopa.In 1803 the Choctaw Trading House was established at Saint Stephens and the Choctaw Agency in 1805. The post was active in the deerskin trade, back when...

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  • Blandon Springs State Park

    For those seeking peace and quite, the secluded Blandon Springs State Park in Southwestern Alabama's Choctaw County may be just your cup of tea. When I was there I didn't see another living soul. The 357 acre Park centers around four mineral springs which are shaded by towering trees draped with spanish moss. Park facilities include about ten...

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  • Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

    Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1938 to provide a safe habitat for ducks, geese, and other migratory birds that winter along the banks of the Tennessee River. The 34,500-acre (13,961-hectare) refuge attracts thousands of waterfowl each winter. In addition, 285 species of birds, 115 species of fish, 74 species of reptiles, and 47...

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  • Some of Alabama's best hiking

    If you up for some good hiking in north Alabama, try out the Sipsey wilderness. For more about it, try my Sipsey wilderness page listed under Grayson, AL.

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  • Lake Tholocco

    While I lived here in Alabama, the Lake had been completely washed out. Now, as I return after nearly 13 years, we found the lake and activity at it's busiest! Rent equipment for water activities, and there's a safe (roped off) area for children also. Plan for a picnic and stay all day.

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  • Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman...

    Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman was an interesting stop located on the grounds of a Benedictine Abbey. There are over 125 miniature reproductions of famous churches, shrines and buildings from all over the world. Take Exit 308 off Interstate 65 and drive 4 miles east to St Bernard Abbey.

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  • In Tuscumbia

    In Tuscumbia, you will find Ivy Green, the home of Helen Keller with many mementos. In the summer there are performances on the grounds of 'The Miracle Worker.'

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  • Check out Alabama diaries...

    Check out Alabama diaries online at http://www.freeopendiary.com/diarylist.asp?statecode=AL&statename=Alabama&list=5 start=1 This will give you everything you didn't want to know about people in Alabama!

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  • Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman...

    Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman Cross Garden, Prattville Joe Cain Day, Mobile Joe Mintner's Yard, Birmingham Key Underwood Coon Dog Graveyard, Tuscumbia Lambert's Café, Foley Naked Art, Birmingham Riverhouse Bed & Breakfast, Theodore Toilet Paper Tree, Auburn Tom Mann's Fish World, Eufaula Unclaimed Baggage Center, Scottsboro

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  • The little tiny University of...

    The little tiny University of Montevallo has a wonderful campus to visit, and they have a very unique homecoming experience if you are travelling through the area at the time. It's called college night, and instead of a football game, two teams make up a play, rehearse, and then perform it for a few nights. The audience then gets to vote on whose...

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  • In addition the great and...

    In addition the great and often missed !!! Boll Weevil Monument, there is another one on the road from Atlanta to the coast. It is the Hunting Dog monument. What more could a traveller want?!?!? Can you believe I have actually seen both of these now?

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  • THE HIGH POINT IS CHEAHA...

    THE HIGH POINT IS CHEAHA MT...ELEVATION IS 2407 FEET...NO HIKING NECESSARY.

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  • Elberta Sausage...

    Elberta Sausage FestivalElberta, AlabamaWhen: March 25Contact: Elberta Volunteer Fire Department, 334-986-5805Located about 10 miles in from the Gulf Coast, tiny Elberta — population 500+ — some 40,000 sausage-loving visitors attend.The sausage is prepared according to a doubly secret recipe. Part of the recipe came from Alfred 'Pop' Stucki, who...

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  • Birmingham -- All of Alabama...

    Birmingham -- All of Alabama is 'off the beaten path,' but its largest city is so far off the path that it's invisible. Actually, it is invisible, but that's because the smog is just that thick. Birmingham's got pollution that rivals some cities in Russia. We're talking nasty. So it's no surprise that people try to flee as soon as possible, just to...

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