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VacationsAlabama.com is your source for the best vacations in Alabama. Come see why Alabama Vacations are some of the best in the US! If you love the outdoors, Alabama has tons of great destinations to keep you busy on your Alabama vacation!  Make Alabama your vacation destination and discover adventure in the south. From breathtaking Appalachian mountain views, gorgeous waterfalls, enticing lakes and rivers,  to memorizing beautiful beaches Alabama has the perfect vacation destination for you. We are an independent Alabama Vacation guide

Is an Alabama vacation right for you? Alabama is one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the United States. People travel from all over the country and even the world to vacation in Alabama. From great beach vacations to the Appalachian Mountains Alabama offers a large abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Alabama is a hiker’s dream come true offering well over a thousand miles of wilderness hiking. Enjoy the 337.1 mile long Pinhoti National Recreation Trail which spans 172 miles through Alabama and into Georgia. Over 140 miles of the trail traverse in Talladega National Forest on into the Cheaha Wilderness and then into the Dugger Mountain Wilderness before reaching Georgia. When it comes to parks and recreational areas in Alabama, there are many options for the perfect vacation destination.

There are 22 Alabama State Parks!

Bladon Springs State Park
Blue Springs State Park
Buck's Pocket State Park
Cathedral Caverns
Cheaha State Park
Chewacla State Park
Chickasaw State Park
DeSoto State Park

Frank Jackson State Park
Gulf State Park
Joe Wheeler State Park
Lake Guntersville State Park
Lake Jackson RV Park at Florala
Lake Lurleen State Park
Lakepoint State Park
Meaher State Park

Monte Sano State Park
Oak Mountain State Park
Paul M Grist State Park
Rickwood Caverns State Park
Roland Cooper State Park
Wind Creek State Park

10 National Wildlife Refuges

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge
Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge
Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge
Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge
Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge
Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

National Parks in Alabama

Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
Freedom Riders National Monument
Little River Canyon Nationa Preserve
Muscle Shoals- National Heritage Area
Natchez Trace- Parkway, runs through AL, MS, TN
Russell Cave-National Monument,
Selma to Montgomery-National Historic Trail
Trail of Tears-National Historic Trail, AL, AR, GA, IL, KY, MO, NC, OK, TN
Tuskegee Airmen-National Historic Site
Tuskegee Institute

2 National Historic Sites

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

1 National Historic Park

Fort Toulouse National Historic Park

There are 4 National Forests

Conecuh National Forest
Talladega National Forest
Tuskegee National Forest
William B Bankhead National Forest

38 National Historic Landmarks (NHLs)

33 Wildlife Management Areas

Alabama is a great vacation destination for water recreational activities. From the Gulf of Mexico to the mountains of North Alabama there are tons of waterfalls, lakes, rivers, creeks and streams for all your outdoor water activities. Alabama fishing is some of the best fishing anywhere in the country and often is home to major tournaments through the state. Kayakers, Boaters and canoers travel from far and beyond to paddle the waters of Alabama and enjoy the beauty of the state.

If you are a waterfall chaser and want the ultimate waterfall road trip you can’t go wrong with Alabama. Some of Alabama’s most visited destinations are waterfalls and popular year around. Lookout Mountain is a popular waterfall area as well as Sand Mountain.

Best Watersfalls in Alabama

  • Little River Falls- Little River Canyon National Preserve- Dekalb County, Alabama
  • Martha’s Falls- Little River Canyon National Preserve- Dekalb County, Alabama
  • Grace's High Falls- Little River Canyon National Preserve- Dekalb County, Alabama
  • DeSoto Falls- DeSoto State Park, Dekalb County, Alabama
  • Indian Falls Alabama- DeSoto State Park- Dekalb County, Alabama
  • Neversink Falls- Neversink Preserve- Jackson County, Alabama
  • Rainbow Falls- Dismals Canyon Conservatory- Franklin County, Alabama
  • Mardis Mill Falls- near Oneonta, Blount County, Alabama
  • Noccalula Falls- Gadsden-Etowah County, Alabama
  • Peavine Falls- Oak Mountain State Park-Pelham & Shelby Counties- Pelham, Alabama
  • Nectar Falls -Locust Fork River- Blount County, Alabama
  • Kinlock Falls- Bankhead National Forest-Lawrence County, Alabama
  • Parker Falls- Bankhead National Forest- Winston County-Haleyville, Alabama
  • High Falls- Grove Oak- Dekalb County, Alabama
  • Griffin Falls- Dawson- Dekalb County, Alabama
  • Short Creek Falls- Near Lake Guntersville- Marshall County, Alabama
  • Thompson Falls- Guntersville- Marshall County, Alabama
  • Caney Creek Falls- Near Sipsey Wilderness in Double Springs, Alabama
  • Cheaha Falls- Cheaha State Park- Talladega National Forest.
  • Falling Rock Falls- Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area-Shelby County, Alabama
  • Pisgah Gorge Falls- Pisgah Gorge- Pisgah, Dekalb County-Alabama

Noccalula Falls Park is a great destination for any day of the week and is located in Gadsden. Noccalula Falls Park consist of a 250-acre public park, mini golf course,  a campground and beautiful Noccalula Falls. Another popular waterfall destination is Little River Falls with Martha’s Falls just downstream. Both waterfalls are in Little River Canyon National Preserve just minutes from Fort Payne, Alabama. While you are in the area you can’t miss DeSoto Falls which is in DeSoto State Park just a short drive from Little River Canyon. Both areas are great for kayaking and canoeing as well. Another great waterfall to visit is beautiful High Falls located in Dekalb County between Geraldine and Grove Oak. High falls is a popular swimming destination and just a great place to stop while on your Alabama Vacation.

Alabama offers some of the top water recreational opportunities in the southeast and has a ton  kayaking, canoeing, boating, and fishing destinations. If you are searching for the best kayaking or canoeing locations in Alabama check our list of kayak and canoe rentals and sites. Whether you are looking for a sweet river float, a calm lake float or enjoy whitewater kayaking, Alabama has the perfect destination from beginners to advanced kayakers.  Professional kayakers visit Alabama every year to kayak off of some our highest waterfalls. If you are lucky you may see some awesome Alabama waterfall kayaking.

Best Kayaking Destinations and Rentals in Alabama