5 Not-to-miss Summer Adventures in Alabama
Summertime in Alabama is the perfect time to explore new parts of the state and try new activities. From kayaking historic rivers to climbing iconic sandstone boulders, there’s plenty to do! Check out our summer bucket list adventures in Alabama and try checking off a few of your own.
Coosa river trip
Long, hot days are the perfect time to cool off with time on the river. If you’re looking to get on the water and take it slow, check out a kayak rental from Coosa River Adventures! This local kayak rental shop offers options for any size group and skill level. It’s perfect for beginners looking to cool off and get expert advice. With multiple rental options, you can go for a quick hour trip on the Coosa or try an overnight expedition on the Tallapoosa River. And if you want to bring your own kayak, they offer a shuttle service to put in and take you out in the area. There are plenty of other rental options like stand-up paddleboards, fishing kayaks, and family-sized canoes. With conditions that go from quiet fishing spots to rushing rapids, you get all the river has to offer in one fun day.
If you’re looking for a hike with a view and a spot to cool off, look no further than the world-famous Hippie Hole. This swimming hole is regarded as one of the best in the state and is nestled inside the Little River Canyon National Preserve. A half-hour drive from Huntsville, check out pristine water fed by Martha Falls, plus local hiking trails and picnic spots. If you’re looking for a day trip with breathtaking views, cool water, and relaxation, then head to Hippie Hole!
If you want to try your hand at a new activity, check out Moss Rock Preserve. A sandstone boulder field perfect for any skill level, Moss Rock offers endless climbing problems. If you’re new to bouldering, it’s a great place to start thanks to its easily accessible boulders and well-maintained trails. The nearby Preserve features multiple restaurants so you don’t have to haul in food. And the parking lot is close to the boulder field making it easy to come and go as you please.
For a truly wild ride, check out Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures at Lake Guntersville State Park! With two zip line courses with 10 and 15 zip lines respectively, these ropes courses are a great way to spend the day. The first level soars 10-75 feet in the air and through the trees, giving you a birds-eye view of the area. The second course features higher lines with an even longer ropes course to navigate. If you want to mix up your time at the lake, give the Screaming Eagle a try!
Check out the breathtaking Cathedral Caverns for a totally new experience outdoors. This state park features an underground trail that takes you past incredible underground views of an ancient stalagmite forest! Perfect for young kids and families looking for a change of pace. The park features recreational activities like guided tours and mined dirt that kids can sift through for gemstones and fossils. And since it’s underground, the caves stay cool all year long so you can beat the heat and still enjoy the outdoors.
So this summer, check out something new, and enjoy the outdoors!
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