A Dash of the Unexpected GeoTour

Thirty-one geocaches have been hidden throughout North Alabama for Alabama's first official GeoTour -- Dash of the Unexpected GeoTour. Created by the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA), Dash of the Unexpected GeoTour is designed to attract both experienced and new geocachers. The GeoTour features 31 attractions, historic sites and unique, locally owned places in the northern Alabama region.

The GeoTour has its own page on www.geocaching.com, which lists the participating geocaches. Geocachers use a GPS device or the Geocaching app on their smartphone to navigate to a set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find a hidden geocache container. Each cache contains a point value that participants will record in a passport (downloadable on www.northalabama.org/geocache). Participants must sign the physical cache log for each geocache find and record the find on www.geocaching.com to be eligible. The first 300 cachers who achieve 60 total points are eligible to receive Dash of the Unexpected GeoTour Geocoin, trackable on Geocaching.com. The first 100 cachers who achieve 75 total points will receive the coin and a special Dash of the Unexpected t-shirt.

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Pond Spring - General Joe Wheeler Home
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Pond Spring - General Joe Wheeler Home
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Located near Courtland, Pond Spring was home to Joseph Wheeler, former Major General of Cavalry of the Confederate western army, a U.S. congressman, and a Spanish-American War general.  Tour the 50-acre site and home which contains the General’s…

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Carnegie Visual Arts Center
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Carnegie Visual Arts Center
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Art Gallery or Studio

Originally constructed in 1904 as The Carnegie Library with funding from the Carnegie Foundation, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center is one of the few remaining original Carnegie Library buildings in the nation. Located in historic downtown Decatur,…

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Princess Theatre
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Princess Theatre
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Theater

For more than 30 years, the Princess Theatre has presented an array of outstanding cultural events, including such award-winning artists as Ray Charles, Cloris Leachman, Loretta Swit and Arlo Guthrie. Programming highlights included the national…

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1818 Farms
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1818 Farms
Outdoor Adventures | Agritourism

Enjoy a hands-on farm life experience with rare sheep, pigs, goats, Buff Orpington and Americauna chickens, barn cats, and Great Pyrenees dogs at 1818 Farms in the historic village of Mooresville, Alabama.  Following the farm tour, check out the…

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Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
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Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives collection contains an impressive display of artifacts from the Revolutionary War until present day.  Visitors can walk among the actual uniforms, medals, photos and weapon and hear stories and experiences…

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Huntsville Botanical Garden
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Huntsville Botanical Garden
Natural Area | Garden or Arboretum

Guests are greeted with a rainbow of color from thousands of plants and beautiful foliage at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.  With year-round activities, there is always something growing for the entire family to enjoy. 

The Huntsville…

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Burritt on the Mountain
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Burritt on the Mountain
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Situated on a magnificent 167-acre site overlooking the city of Huntsville, Alabama, Burritt on the Mountain encourages visitors to explore the natural beauty of ‪Round Top Mountain, learn about its ecology, ‪revisit the lives of farmers whose…

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U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
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U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Located in Huntsville Alabama, the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum contains an extensive collection of memorabilia, artifacts, and military equipment ranging from the American Revolutionary War to present day.  The Museum displays more than 30…

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Cathedral Caverns
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Cathedral Caverns
Natural Area | State Park

Cathedral Caverns State Park offers a magnificent tour of the underworld and some of Mother Nature’s beautiful formations.  The highlight of Cathedral Caverns is its massive entrance.  The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high, a…

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Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum
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Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

The Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum is located in downtown Stevenson, Alabama, situated between the tracks of two major railroads.  The museum houses a collection of military, agricultural, Indian artifacts, railroad,  pioneer life and other…

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Miracle Pottery
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Miracle Pottery
Local Points of Interest | Unique Shop

At Miracle Pottery in beautiful Valley Head, Alabama, all pottery is handmade featuring brilliant colors and unique designs.  Each pottery item is hand turned from durable stoneware clay body and non-scratch high fire glaze.  All pieces are dishwasher,…

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DeSoto State Park
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DeSoto State Park
Natural Area | State Park

Desoto State Park is situated atop beautiful Lookout Mountain eight miles northeast of Fort Payne in Northeast Alabama.

This 3,502-acre park provides lodging facilities including mountain chalets, log and rustic cabins, motel rooms and a…

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Cherokee Rock Village
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Cherokee Rock Village
Natural Area | Town or County Park

Cherokee Rock Village is a 200-acre public park sitting atop Lookout Mountain, overlooking Weiss Lake inside Cherokee County, Alabama.  Unique tall rock formations and caves offer the best in adventure and sightseeing.  Its most notable features…

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Orbix Hot Glass
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Orbix Hot Glass
Local Points of Interest | Unique Shop

Located at the edge of Little River Canyon National Preserve is Orbix Hot Glass where children (five years and older) and adults can design and blow a keepsake ornament.  The glass blowing studio and gallery also offers classes where families can…

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Local Joe's
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Local Joe's
Food or Drink | Restaurant

Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains near Canoe Creek, in Rainbow City, Alabama, Local Joe's offers smoked meats, baked goods, local produce and catering services.  Along with some of the best smoked pork, chicken and turkey around,…

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Arab Historic Village
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Arab Historic Village
Community | Historic Site or District

In cooperation with the City of Arab, the Arab Historical Society developed the Historic Village in the City Park as a tribute to the pioneering people who settled and built this area into the prosperous, community-spirited place it is today.

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Goat Island Brewing
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Goat Island Brewing
Food or Drink | Brewery or Brew Pub

Disguised as a rocket scientist, a geologist, an insurance agent, and a cop, four beer connoisseurs came together and decided it was time to share the love of craft beer with others.  Goat Island Brewing was established in early 2015 on a…

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Crooked Creek Civil War Museum
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Crooked Creek Civil War Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Housed in the old Vinemont Stagecoach Inn, Crooked Creek Civil War Museum and Park is located on a battle site where Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and Union Colonel Abel Streight fought for several hours at crooked creek, then went…

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Houston Historic Jail
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Houston Historic Jail
Community | Historic Site or District

The Houston Jail in Winston County, Alabama, is the only surviving log jail in north Alabama and the second-oldest log jail in the nation.  Constructed around 1868 from hand-hewn hardwood logs with nails to prevent prisoners from sawing their way…

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Organic Vessels Studio/Gallery
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Organic Vessels Studio/Gallery
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Art Gallery or Studio

Unique, hand painted gourds are the centerpiece at Organic Vessels Studio/Gallery located in Hamilton.  Award-winning artist Missy Miles has an interesting story to tell behind most of her work.

It was a gift of gourds for Valentines Day,…

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Brown's Pottery and Sons
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Brown's Pottery and Sons
Local Points of Interest | Unique Shop

On March 4, 2016, North Alabama lost one of its beloved icons, ninth-generation potter Jerry Brown.  In business since 1982, Jerry Brown Pottery is a top destination for tourists with people traveling from all across the United States to see his masterpieces,…

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Dismals Canyon
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Dismals Canyon
Natural Area | Geologic Feature

Tucked deep within the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is Dismals Canyon, an 85-acre quiet and unspoiled oasis.  Here, visitors experience one of the finest examples of ecological and geological features composing our nation’s natural history.

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Alabama Music Hall of Fame
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Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

From rock and roll, to country, to blues and jazz, and gospel, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame recognizes artists who at one time called Alabama home or has significant musical ties to the state.  See Elvis’ first recording contract and the…

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Coon Dog Cemetery
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Coon Dog Cemetery
Community | Historic Site or District

On a ridge in the Freedom Hills of Northwest Alabama, in a clearing among century-old oaks and piney woods, one may visit the graves of more than 300 coon hounds. It was Labor Day, 1937, when Mr. Key Underwood lost his beloved canine hunting companion,…

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LaGrange College Site Park & Antebellum Cemetery
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LaGrange College Site Park & Antebellum Cemetery
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Established in 1830, LaGrange College is Alabama's first chartered college and is often referred to as the West Point of the South after serving as a Military Academy.  The college enrollment read like a "Who's Who" list.  By 1862, due to the war,…

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Worthy Vessels
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Worthy Vessels
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Art Gallery or Studio

Established in 1987, Worthy Vessels features quality, handcrafted stoneware designed and handmade by potter Kitty Tilson.  Upon graduation from college with a degree in studio art, she had the opportunity to apprentice with Zeke Redick, a master…

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Joe Wheeler State Park
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Joe Wheeler State Park
Natural Area | State Park

Whether you arrive by land or water, there’s no mistaking the beauty and serenity of this 2,550-acre resort park.  On the shores of Wheeler Lake, the resort features a stunning, waterfront lodge with restaurant and convention facilities,…

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1 Pond Spring - General Joe Wheeler Home
2 Carnegie Visual Arts Center
3 Princess Theatre
4 1818 Farms
5 Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
6 Huntsville Botanical Garden
7 Burritt on the Mountain
8 U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
9 Cathedral Caverns
10 Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum
11 Miracle Pottery
12 DeSoto State Park
13 Cherokee Rock Village
14 Orbix Hot Glass
15 Local Joe's
16 Arab Historic Village
17 Goat Island Brewing
18 Crooked Creek Civil War Museum
19 Houston Historic Jail
20 Organic Vessels Studio/Gallery
21 Brown's Pottery and Sons
22 Dismals Canyon
23 Alabama Music Hall of Fame
24 Coon Dog Cemetery
25 LaGrange College Site Park & Antebellum Cemetery
26 Worthy Vessels
27 Joe Wheeler State Park