Caves, Canyons and Waterfalls

For your next getaway, step into a dash of the unexpected found right here in north Alabama. Trek along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, explore caverns and caves, enjoy nature’s beauty and visit some unique museums along the way.

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Day 1

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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Jules J. Berta Vineyards
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Jules J. Berta Vineyards
Food or Drink | Winery or Winery Tasting Room

Alabama's first producers of vitis vinifera wine grapes, Jules J. Berta Vineyards is located atop Sand Mountain in northeastern Alabama.  The first vines were planted in 1987 and today four generations of the Jules J. Berta family are involved. A…

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Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge
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Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge
Accommodation | Lodge or Resort

Located along the banks of the Tennessee River in Northeast Alabama, Lake Guntersville Resort State Park promises to satisfy whether you are looking for a resort style retreat or an outdoor adventure in the park’s 6,000 acres of natural woodlands. 

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Day 2

Noccalula Falls Park
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Noccalula Falls Park
Natural Area | Town or County Park

Noccalula Falls Park is a 250-acre public park located in Gadsden, Alabama.  Its magnificent 90-foot waterfall attracts visitors from near and far for its breathtaking beauty and picturesque moments.  While the feature is the beautiful waterfall,…

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Imagination Place Children's Museum
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Imagination Place Children's Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Designed primarily for children ages 2 through 10 years old, Imagination Place offers an interactive experience and inspiration to children and their families through hands-on educational exhibits and programs.  Children delight in exploring…

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Tigers for Tomorrow Wild Animal Preserve and Environmental Education Center
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Located on 140 acres in Attalla, Alabama, Tigers for Tomorrow is a non-profit exotic animal park and rescue preserve where over 140 animals including tigers, mountain lions, African lions, bears, wolves, and black leopards call home. A no-kill facility,…

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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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Day 3

DeSoto Falls
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DeSoto Falls
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall

Located in DeSoto State Park near Mentone in northeastern Alabama, DeSoto Falls is formed from the Little River by cascading about 107 feet into a large gorge. One of the most photographed points of interest in Alabama, DeSoto Falls is one of the…

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Little River Canyon National Preserve
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Little River Canyon National Preserve
Natural Area | Geologic Feature

Located on the boundary of DeKalb and Cherokee Counties in northeast Alabama, Little River Canyon is the deepest canyon in Alabama, and it is one of the deepest in the southeast United States.  It contains the highest waterfall in the state, and…

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Little River Falls
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Little River Falls
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall

Located at the north end of America’s deepest and most extensive canyon systems east of the Mississippi, Little River Falls is surrounded by 14,000 acres of beauty and is one of Alabama’s most scenic waterfalls. Little River Falls is the first…

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Little River Canyon Center
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Little River Canyon Center
Action Opportunities | Educational Opportunity

Open to the public since 2009, the Little River Canyon Center is a Jacksonville State University building located in Northeast Alabama that adjoins the Little River Canyon National Preserve in the city of Fort Payne.  With a portion leased to the…

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Fort Payne Depot Museum
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Fort Payne Depot Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Fort Payne Depot Museum was built in 1891 and served as a depot for the Alabama-Great Southern Railroad for approximately 85 years.  When the railroad announced plans to close and dismantle the depot, a group of preservation-minded citizens…

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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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Day 4

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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Russell Cave National Monument
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Russell Cave National Monument
Natural Area | National Park or Monument

Explore Russell Cave National Monument for a glimpse into the life of early North American inhabitants dating from 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D.  Russell Cave was named a National Monument in 1961 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places…

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Unclaimed Baggage Center
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Unclaimed Baggage Center
Local Points of Interest | Unique Shop

There will be plenty of shopping to do at Unclaimed Baggage Center.  This one-of-a-kind store in Scottsboro is the final destination for lost luggage and cargo shipments from around the world.

As one of the top tourist destinations in Alabama,…

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Goose Pond Colony Resort
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Goose Pond Colony Resort
Accommodation | Lodge or Resort

Situated along the shore of Lake Guntersville, Goose Pond Colony Resort offers an abundance of activities for the outdoor enthusiast.  Choose from fishing, golf, boating, and camping.  The resort offers 11 newly renovated cottages and a 6 room…

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Day 5

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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1 Cathedral Caverns
2 Jules J. Berta Vineyards
3 Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge
4 Noccalula Falls Park
5 Imagination Place Children's Museum
6 Tigers for Tomorrow Wild Animal Preserve and Environmental Education Center
7 DeSoto State Park
8 DeSoto Falls
9 Little River Canyon National Preserve
10 Little River Falls
11 Little River Canyon Center
12 Fort Payne Depot Museum
13 Orbix Hot Glass
14 Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum
15 Russell Cave National Monument
16 Unclaimed Baggage Center
17 Goose Pond Colony Resort
18 Huntsville Botanical Garden