Take the Road Less Traveled
Alabama’s southern tip is one of those places where even first-time visitors find a connection. Here, they experience the link between the traditions of the Deep South and a more laid back island lifestyle; between the wildlife of thousands of acres of preserved lands and the good life of a beachfront vacation; between the gun ships of past naval battles and the countless recreational opportunities of the present and the dedication to conservation methods for the future.
The byway traverses an area of diverse beauty from the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi to the highest point in Alabama. It goes from Lookout Mountain in the north to the highest peak in Alabama at Cheaha Mountain. Along the route are Little River Canyon, Weiss Lake, Cornwall Furnace, the Chief Ladiga Trail, the Talladega Scenic Byway, and Cheaha State Park.
Visit the Barbour County Governors Trail, home to a concentration of Alabama leadership. Over the years, the county has produced six governors, including presidential candidate George C. Wallace. Rich with heritage, the county boasts grassroots leaders who have served Alabama and its people. Further, the history-laden area is framed by a beautiful, natural backdrop that offers fishing, boating, and picnicking.
Sometimes slow and subtle, at other times fast-paced and bold, change on the landscape has been a constant in Alabama’s Black Belt region. The themes and storylines of the byway illustrate the significance of the continuous interrelationship between people and the land in shaping the unique history and culture of the region.
This urban route circles approximately 12 miles along the Black Warrior River. Three bridges along the route offer breathtaking views of the river and its riverbanks. The route spotlights the boundless natural scenic beauty of the Black Warrior River and exhibits historic ruins, structures and markers including the site of the Alabama State Capitol from 1826 until 1847. Bicycle and pedestrian trails, parks, picnic facilities, fishing piers, boat landings, historic markers, and restaurants as well as sites for new development align the route.
Alabama’s Stagecoach Route Through Leeds began as an Indian trail traversing a vast watershed. As a trail, it served as a staging ground for three emerging Alabama cultures. Early Christian Cherokees along with European circuit riders used it to plant Methodist churches. The Christian Indian culture arrived from North Carolina before 1812. Andrew Jackson’s scouts (1812-13) widened the trail as they sought roadways for supply wagons. When Europeans, largely veterans of the Creek Indian War, entered the valley in Leeds (1820), the widened trail became a stagecoach route that lay in its original bed when the first black settlers arrived in the late 1880’s.
Northeast Alabama’s Lookout Mountain Parkway Scenic Byway, named by Reader’s Digest as one of America’s Scenic Drives, serves as a gateway to your imagination. Envision a land where real people bring the past alive, with historic town squares, pioneer villages, confederate ironworks, antique shops and Native American folklore and artifacts. Imagine a land of real […]
Native Americans, Kaintuck boatmen, post riders, government officials, and soldiers all moved across this trail, creating a vital link between the Mississippi Territory and the fledgling United States. Pass through forests, cypress swamps, and farmland to meander through the rock-studded hills of Tennessee, cotton fields in Alabama, and Mississippi’s rural countryside.
Journey through history along the trail that marks one of the major historic events in 20th-century American history, the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Wind through the streets of Selma; pass through countryside where marchers spent the night on their way to Montgomery.
Shown above: Talladega Scenic Drive in brown (lower) and Appalachian Highlands Scenic Byway in Green. Catch a bird’s eye view of Alabama when you drive the Talladega Scenic Drive. At its highest point, you will find yourself on Cheaha Mountain, 2,407 feet above sea level, the highest point in Alabama. You will be awe-struck by […]
While fishermen may find their way onto the delta at the myriad boat launches, visitors wishing to spend a day on the water exploring the vast delta ecosystem can take advantage of the two hour river tour onboard the Delta Explorer which is scheduled through and disembarks from Blakeley State Park. Beyond the natural beauty associated with the Tensaw Parkway, visitors can transport themselves back in time to a period in which Baldwin County was a synthesis of Native American and European cultures; a time when Baldwin County was emblematic of raw, untamed splendor.