5 Best Alabama Vacation Hot Spots In Spring

Lake Gunterville

If you are looking for great spring camping and great fishing you can’t go wrong with Lake Gunterville. Enjoy exploring Lake Guntersville State Park with awesome views looking over the Tennessee River. Expect to see alot of deer and other wildlife in the area including all kinds of water fowl and birds. The marshy backwaters is a favorite for cranes and the canyon clifts make great homes for Eagles. There are plenty of hiking trails in the area and plenty of different camping spots.

Mentone Alabama

Mentone is a small beautiful mountain resort town high on Lookout Mountain roughly 13 miles northeast of  Fort Payne Alabama. The spring is a great time to  enjoy a rental cabin in Mentone. The area host beautiful blooming flowers and awesome waterfalls! Enjoy some great food at the Wildflower Cafe , always someything interesting on the menu there.   The Moonlight Bistro  serves some tasty treats  with a porch overlooking downtown Mentone.  After a nice lunch I walk across the street to Crow’s Nest Antiques, they have a great selection southern art and home decor.

Dixie’s Handcrafted Jewelry- Lookout Mountain Parkway at 57 County Rd. 600, Mentone, Alabama. 256-634-4137

Kamama Art Gallery-5951 Hwy 117   Mentone, AL 35984-Great local arts and unique antiques.  -They are home to Twiggs Coffee Shoppe, Montevallo Road Antiques, and a Gallery.

Art Gallery at Mentone– 5846 AL Hwy 117 Mentone, AL 35984

Artisans Inca Connection – 5889 Alabama Highway 117 Mentone, AL 35984- They have one of the most impressive Inca art  collections outside of Peru and Ecuador.

Right after a nice rain is the best time to visit if you wanna see rushing water. 104 foot Desoso Falls is largest in early spring and late fall  and can get pretty small in summer time.  While you are in the area Desoto State Park has great hiking, biking and camping. Little River Canyon National Preserve is just down the road and is one of Alabama’s most prized natural wonders!

Dont forget  to visit  Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort for some great golf!

 

  Moundville Archaeological Park

If you are looking to escape back in time and enjoy a moment of solitude  then  Moundville Archaeological Park may be the perfect destination for you.

Moundville Archaeological Park is managed by the University of Alabama and offers a great adventure for anyone. If you ride mountain bike or love to jog you will enjoy  the loop. There are also plenty of hiking trails to enjoy around the area also.

The Jones Museum is one of the coolest Archaeological Museums in Alabama! Enjoy artifacts from the Mississippian culture Indians  that lived on the grounds from  A.D. 1000 until A.D. 1450. While in the museum enjoy a great espresso or awesome coffee at the Black Warrior Coffee Company.You can purchase gifts at Notted Bird Gift.

There is an admission fee to the grounds and also a camping fee per night.  For sure one of the best  vacations you can take in Alabama.

 

 Gulf Shores

From late night neon bowling to  playing on the beautiful white ,beaches Gulf Shores has the cure for anything that ales you.  Gulf Shores may be a busy in season vacation hotspot but there are plenty  of  relaxing retreats in the area. Gulf State Park   is a great area if you love to kick back and enjoy great sunrises ans awesome sunsets of awesome white beaches. They offer a great selection of rentals and camping options.

The heart of Gulf Shores offers great food locations, bars, beaches, and plenty  of vacation rentals!  You can’t go wrong eating at Original Oyster House on Gulf Shores Pkwy in Gulf Shores.  Desoto’s Seafood Kitchen  is awesome eats after a long day on the beach. Then head on to The Hang Out for some live entertainment!  Gulf Shores is a great destination for animal watching! The beautiful blue waters and white sandy beaches not only attract people but is a favorite for  many birds also! The area is a perfect vacation spot for migrating species. If you love to play in water and kayak Gulf Shores is waiting for you.

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Cheaha State Park

If you love the great outdoors this if for sure one of the best destinations in Alabama. Cheaha State Park offers great lodging choices, awesome views, and plenty of hiking trails. It is rumored to be one best camping locations you can pick in Alabama. Imaging waking up  at Alabama’s highest Point and enjoying  breath-taken sunsets with views over the Appalachian mountains. Spring is a great time of the year to enjoy the state park.  Expect to see many bird species flying over the area as well as deer in early morning and late afternoon.

If you like scenic rides you can enjoy the Talladega Scenic Byway with many overlooks to keep you busy. Find great adventure in the beautiful Talladega National Forest with miles of hiking trails through remote forest. Don’t miss beautiful High Falls while you are in the area.It is off the beaten path but well worth the drive and small hike, they also have a small primitive camping area near the falls parking area. Cheaha State Park is the perfect destination year around, come see what the fuss is about.