Clarkson Covered Bridge

Members of the Marshall County Master Gardeners take photographs while visiting Cullman County’s historic Clarkson Covered Bridge Monday afternoon. The bridge and surrounding park reopened to the public Monday after being closed since last summer.

Amanda Shavers-Davis/The Cullman Times

Summer is here, and before long the kids will be saying they’re bored. Alabama Mountain Lakes Association has the perfect list to keep that boredom at bay:

If you love the outdoors…

  • Have a blast in America’s first wave pool at Point Mallard Waterpark in Decatur
  • Go for a swim at Red Bay Waterpark and Guin Waterpark
  • Ride the water slides at Spring Valley Beach
  • Ride the Screaming Eagle Zip Line at Lake Guntersville State Park
  • Go for a cave tour Cathedral Caverns State Park or Rickwood Caverns State Park
  • Go for a picnic at DeSoto State Park
  • Camp for the weekend at Joe Wheeler State Park
  • Take a guided hike at Lake Guntersville State Park to see eagles
  • Take a hike in Monte Sano State Park
  • Go on the Dash of the Unexpected Geocache Tour -
  • Take a hike at Cane Creek Canyon Natural Preserve
  • Hike at Little River Canyon National Preserve
  • Take a night tour to see the glow worms at Dismals Canyon
  • Visit the Natural Bridge of Alabama
  • Visit one or all of the waterfalls on the North Alabama Waterfall Trail

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  • Go fishing on Weiss Lake or any of the other seven North Alabama lakes (Bear Creek, Guntersville, Neely Henry, Pickwick, Smith, Weiss, Wheeler, Wilson)
  • Watch birds at Cypress Cove or one of the 51 North Alabama Birding Trail sites
  • Take your boat out at Ditto Landing
  • Take the kids to an event at Burritt on the Mountain
  • Visit Noccalula Falls Park
  • Rent a cabin at Doublehead Resort
  • Golf at one of North Alabama’s many golf courses
  • Go horseback riding at Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park or 3H Stables
  • See beautiful flowers at Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Take a Wheeler Lake Scenic Cruise
  • Rent a kayak at Fort Hampton Outfitters
  • Have a picnic at Spring Park in Tuscumbia
  • Take a hike at North Alabama’s Land Trust
  • Have a fun day at Southern Adventures in Huntsville
  • Take a tour at 1818 Farms in Mooresville or pick up some cheese at Dayspring Dairy in Gallant
  • Kayak or paddle board the Alabama Scenic River Trail
  • Go for a night ride at Stony Lonesome OHV Park in Cullman
  • Take a picnic and play in the splash pad at Delano Park in Decatur
  • Spend the day at Smith Lake Park
  • See amazing wildlife at Wheeler Wildlife Refuge in Decatur
  • Rappel at Cherokee Rock Village in Leesburg or Palisades Park in Oneonta
  • Go on a guided rappel or rock climbing tour with True Adventure Sports or One World Adventure
  • Visit the tigers, lions, bears, and other animals at Tigers for Tomorrow
  • Visit Cornwall Furnace Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Bluff
  • Spend the weekend fishing, golfing, or relaxing at Goosepond Colony
  • Go fishing at Coosa Landing
  • Drive the Natchez Trace
  • Take a picnic and visit one of the seven covered bridges of North Alabama

If you love festivals…

  • 911 Festival in Haleyville June 2-3
  • Vino on the Lake in Guntersville June 4
  • Barbarian Challenge in Gadsden June 17
  • Helen Keller Festival and Miracle Worker play June 22-25
  • Spirit of America Festival at Point Mallard July 4
  • W.C. Handy Festival in Florence July 21-30
  • Cotton Pickin’ BBQ Cook-off in Hartselle July 28-29
  • World’s Longest Yard Sale August 3-6
  • Main Street Music Festival August 4-5
  • Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days August 4-5
  • Watermelon Festival in Russellville August 18-19
  • Rockin’ the River at Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville August 19
  • First Fridays in downtown Gadsden and Florence
  • 3rd Fridays in downtown Decatur

If you love history…

  • Go the latest exhibit at the Evelyn Burrow Museum at Wallace State
  • Take a tour of Pond Spring – General Joe Wheeler Home
  • Visit the Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens
  • Visit the U.S. Veterans Museum in Huntsville
  • Take a tour of Belle Mont Mansion in Tuscumbia
  • Visit the Red Bay Museum
  • Visit LaGrange College Site
  • Learn about the Civil War at Crooked Creek Civil War Museum in Vinemont and the Blue & Gray Museum in Decatur
  • Take a tour of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
  • Take a walk through the Trail of Scriptures
  • Visit Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum
  • Tour Fort Payne Depot Museum
  • Visit Cherokee County Historical Museum
  • Visit Old Somerville Courthouse
  • Tour the Old State Bank in Decatur
  • Visit Cullman County Museum
  • Tour Ave Maria Grotto and pick up some Monk’s Bread in the gift shop
  • Go to summer camp at Camp McDowell
  • Visit Albertville Museum
  • Visit one or all of the churches on the Hallelujah Trail
  • Visit Ivy Green – Helen Keller Birthplace
  • See and hear the history of Alabama music at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, and Cypress Moon Studio
  • Learn about space at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • Visit the EarlyWorks Museum and Constitution Village in Huntsville 

If you love food…

  • Visit one or all of the restaurants on the North Alabama BBQ Trail
  • Have lunch or dinner in a cave at the Rattlesnake Saloon
  • Take a tour and taste some goat cheese at Belle Chevre in Elkmont
  • Go on a Winery Tour to one of North Alabama’s wineries
  • Visit one of all of the craft breweries on the North Alabama Brew Trail
  • Visit the Athens Saturday Market for locally-grown veggies
  • Enjoy a special dinner at Table at the Garden at the Huntsville Botanical Garden
  • Treat yourself to some delectable candy at Morgan Price Candy Company in Decatur

If you love art…

  • Visit Mary G. Hardin Cultural Arts Center and Imagination Place in Gadsden
  • See at performance at the Pastime Theatre
  • See the beautiful art at Huntsville Museum of Art and the Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur
  • Watch how pottery is made at Miracle Pottery
  • Blow your own glass ornament at Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne
  • Attend Camp ARTselle at the Burleson Center in Hartselle June 19-22
  • Find that perfect art piece or pieces to make art at Southern Accents in Cullman
  • Shop for art at Kamama’s in Mentone, Brown & Son’s in Hamilton, or Worthy Vessels in Lexington

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)

AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions, and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from the AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at

Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association

PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381







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