Author: Amanda Dunn

Adventuring and discovering cool places, mostly in Alabama. I only provide general information and the safety of those hiking and/or swimming in the locations I discuss is their own personal responsibility. Common sense is required given that overall safety can be impacted by weather conditions, water levels, access restrictions and other factors beyond the scope of my blog.

Caving 101

So you think you want to be a caver? I started out (and still prefer) visiting caves with nice, large walk-in entrances that lead to long, tall hallways that look…

Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge

What is it?  Most people visit the refuge to watch more than 200,000 bats pour out of the entrance for their nightly feeding, however there are hiking trails as well….

The Rock Zoo

Fackler or Hollowood, Alabama (Jackson County) Where? 3215 County Rd 32, Fackler, Alabama 35746 What is it? An adorable farm with large painted, animal shaped rocks. Is there any hiking…

Swimming hole in Little River Canyon at Mile Marker 21

Swimming hole in Little River Canyon away from the crowd.

Blue Hole

Larkinsville in Jackson County Alabama Where? This is on private property off of Co Rd 17 in Larkinsville, Alabama. Parking: 34.6884301 -86.1221108. Swimming hole: 34.6887603 -86.1235186 What is it? It’s…

Alabama Jubilee (Hot air balloon festival)

This is a yearly even that takes place in Decatur, Alabama for one weekend in May. I think it’s Memorial Day Weekend every year, but don’t chisel that in stone….

White Creek Falls/Valentine Pool

Where? Sipsey Wilderness in Bankhead National Forest 34.2884065 -87.4713008 will get you to the parking lot. Directions? Park at the Randolph Trailhead on Cranal Road and take the trail to…

Keel Mountain/Lost Sink Falls

Where? This is in Gurley, Al which is in Madison County. 1787 McMullen Rd, Gurley, AL 35748 will get you there. What is it? Keel Mountain is a nature preserve,…

Hurricane Creek Park

Where? 22600 US Highway 31 Vinemont, Al 35179 Coordinates: 34.2868434 -86.8949823 What is it? Hurricane Creek Park is set in a gorge in North Alabama. It’s a small preserve with…

Hike to “Big Tree” in Sipsey Wilderness (part of Bankhead National Forest)

What is it? The “Big Tree” is the largest Poplar Tree in the state of Alabama. It’s estimated to be over 500 years old. It is HUGE! This tree is…