Spotlight on Jackson, Marshall, DeKalb & Cherokee: Culture & Recreation

Outdoor attractions abound in these four counties — from boating to snow skiiing to riding ATVs. Also, there are museums, historical parks and more.

The Lodge complex at Lake Guntersville State Park overlooks the 69,000-acre lake.

Lake Guntersville State Park • Alabama’s largest lake was created in 1938 when the Tennessee Valley Authority dammed portions of the Tennessee River to control flooding and provide low-cost hydroelectric power. The lake is nationally known for largemouth bass. New to the park is the Screaming Eagle Zipline.

Goose Pond Colony Resort • This 360-acre complex offers cottages and camping, marina, pool, civic center and 1,500-set amphitheater, restaurant and golf on the Tennessee River.

Jackson County Park • Located in Scottsboro on the Tennessee River, this park offers walking trails, fishing, dock, cabins and more.

Weathington Park • One of Jackson County’s most popular and scenic overlooks, located in Section.

Pisgah Gorge • Follow the scenic trails to view the three waterfalls.

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Lodge at Gorham’s Bluff • High up on Sand Mountain in Jackson County, the Lodge has won accolades as one of the top bed and breakfasts in the country.

Hunting & Wildlife Observation Preserves • Jackson County has more than 75,000 acres of public lands with waterfowl, whitetail deer, quail, dove, squirrel, rabbit and turkey.

Sand Mountain Park and Amphitheater in Albertville in Marshall County.

Sand Mountain Park & Amphitheater • Marshall County’s newest attraction features a water park, swim center, tennis, RV park and numerous special events.

Guntersville Museum • The Guntersville Museum is located in the historic rock armory at the southernmost part of the Tennessee River, offering a look at the history and the culture of the region.

Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center • This museum is dedicated to events that many consider the first seeds of the civil rights movement in America. In 1931, nine young black defendants faced charges of attacking two white women on a train. The cases established that all criminal defendants are entitled to effective legal help and that people may not be excluded from juries due to race.

Walls of Jericho • Often called the Grand Canyon of the South, the cathedral-like beauty of this narrow gorge inspired its name. The gorge’s bottom is a limestone bowl 50 yards wide, with cliffs 200 feet high on both sides.

Unclaimed Baggage • This Scottsboro store features everything from clothing to cameras, all from unclaimed baggage.

First Monday Trade Days • Every first weekend of the month from Saturday to Monday, this event in downtown Scottsboro features local craftsmen, food vendors and more.

Cathedral Caverns • A massive entrance leads to beautiful formations, accessible by handicap-accessible paths.

Historic Depots • Railroad depots in Bridgeport, Stevenson and Scottsboro offer an array of railroad memorabilia on Jackson County’s Railroad History Road Trip.

Buck’s Pocket State Park • This 2,000-acre park runs along the west side of Sand Mountain in DeKalb, Jackson and Marshall counties.

Trail of Tears • The official Trail of Tears route begins in Bridgeport, in remembrance of the forced removal of local Cherokee Indians.

Russell Cave National Monument • Russell Cave in Bridgeport is one of three national monuments in Alabama. It’s the end of a 12-mile hiking trail surrounded by 310 acres of pristine woodlands.

Errol Allen Park • This park, in Guntersville’s historic downtown business district, features a stage for live entertainment and space for outdoor activities.

Arab Historic Village • The Arab Historical Society developed this village in Arab City Park as a tribute to the pioneer-spirited people who settled and built the area. It features 10 Depression era builidngs.

Jules J. Berta Vineyards • The first stop on the Alabama Wine Trail, this vineyard has won many medals for its wines.

Albertville Museum • This museum, in downtown Albertville, celebrates the city’s history.

Little River Canyon National Preserve in winter.

Little River Canyon National Preserve • Beginning at 1,900 feet above sea level on Lookout Mountain, the Little River ends up at 650 feet at Weiss Lake. The Little River Canyon Center offers exhibits, educational programs and adventures.

Terrapin Creek • Over 50 feet wide with 14 miles of floatable water, Terrapin Creek offers canoeing, kayaking and bass fishing.

DeSoto State Park • Rushing waterfalls and fragrant wildflowers are highlights at this 3,502-acre park along the Little River. Chalets and cabins, motels and campgrounds are available along with a playground, pool, nature center and trails.

Mentone • The picturesque town of Mentone offers a mountain retreat with lodging, restaurants and more.

Cloudmont Ski Resort • The only ski resort in Alabama, this seasonal attraction in Mentone has two 1,000-foot, beginner-intermediate slopes. Two pony lifts take skiers to the top of the slopes that have an elevation of 1,800 feet and a vertical rise of 150 feet.

Mentone Arts Center • This arts center, created and supported by the community, serves to preserve Mentone and the greater Lookout Mountain area’s artistic, musical and cultural heritage.

Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain • This 140-acre exotic animal park and rescue preserve features tigers, mountain lions, African lions, bears, wolves and black leopards.

Cherokee County Country Club • This semi-private, par 71 golf course is located in Centre.

Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel atop Lookout Mountain.

Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel • Col. Milford Howard built this chapel atop Lookout Mountain as a memorial to his first wife, Sallie.

Boom Town Makers Market • A year-round market showcasing 100 Alabama Makers featuring hand-blown glass, arts, furniture, foods and more. Find it in the Sawyer Building, the oldest commercial structure in historic downtown Fort Payne.

Alabama Fan Club/Museum • Located in Fort Payne, this museum is home to all things relating to the country music group Alabama.

Orbix Hot Glass • Orbix Hot Glass is a glass blowing studio and gallery of artist Cal Breed.

Fort Payne Train Depot • This museum, built from locally quarried pink and white sandstone, served as a depot for the Alabama-Great Southern Railroad for about 85 years.

Fort Payne Hosiery Museum • The museum featuring the history of hosiery celebrates the days when the city was the sock capital of the world.

Appalachian Highlands Byway • This byway passes through some of Alabama’s most scenic areas, traveling 80 miles through the Appalachian Mountains between Fort Payne and Heflin.

Alabama Scenic River Trail • The trail begins at the Alabama/Georgia state line on the Coosa River on Weiss Lake and offers paddling and powerboat experiences and exploration along more than 3,000 miles of accessible waterways.

Shady Grove Dude Ranch • Sitting high atop Lookout Mountain near Mentone, the ranch offers 800 wooded acres with hiking and horseback trails.

Cherokee Rock Village • Natural arches, mountain springs, walking trails and rock climbing are featured at this 250-acre park.

Weiss Lake/Weiss Dam • Weiss Lake, known for its crappie and bass, hosts numerous fishing tournaments each year. This Alabama Power Co. lake covers 30,200 acres with more than 400 miles of shoreline. Hotels, marinas, campgrounds and fishing supplies are available.

The Indian Mountain ATV Park

Indian Mountain ATV Park • This park stretches more than 4,700 acres and is located in the Piedmont, Rock Run area in Cherokee County. It offers ATV and OHV trail riding, along with camping, fishing and hiking.

Cornwall Furnace • Erected in 1862, this cold blast furnace was the first in the country to be powered by water. The furnace provided pig iron to the ironworks for the Confederate army.

Cherokee County Geo-Tour • This GPS tour leads to historic sites, geological wonders and recreation sites between Centre and Little River Falls.

Cherokee Historical Museum • Personal items such as clothing, hats, dolls and photos are featured, along with exhibits about trains, steamboats, quilts, football heroes and more.

411 Drive In • The 411 offered drive in movies from 1953 to 1983, then reopened in 2001 with space for 250 cars.

Pinhoti Trail • The Pinhoti is a premier southern Appalachian long distance hiking trail, running nearly 335 miles, 171 of them in Alabama and 163 in Georgia.

Lookout Mountain Parkway • This scenic parkway stretches from Gadsden to Chattanooga.

Yellow Creek Falls • The picturesque falls flow over natural rocks into Weiss Lake at the footers from the Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Railway trestle.

Civil War Trail • Cherokee County was the site of several historical moments during the Civil War, many recalled with historical markers along State Route 9.

Historical Churches Trail • The trail’s churches, each at least 75 years old, reflect North Alabama’s rich and diverse cultural and spiritual heritage.

Pirates Bay Water Park • Tube and body slides, splash pad, putt-putt and ziplines are highlights at this water park in Leesburg in Cherokee County.

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