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Bankhead National Forest, (hiking, water sports, bluff and canyon viewing) Off Hwy. 278 or Hwy. 33 (from Moulton). 205-489-5111
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, (hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing) Off Hwy. 67, Decatur. 256-350-6639; wheeler.fws.gov/index.html.
Little River Canyon National Preserve, (One of the deepest gorges in the East. Drive on Canyon Rim Parkway, hike the canyon, or kayak the Little River) Take Hwy. 35 through DeKalb County or Hwy. 273 in Cherokee County. 256-845-9605
Lake Guntersville State Park, (boating, hiking, swimming, nature walks, tennis, golf) 7966 AL Hwy. 227, 256-571-5440, 800-548-4553; www.outdooralabama.com
Monte Sano State Park, (picnicking, hiking, scenic views of Monte Sano Mountain) 5105 Nolen Ave. 256-534-3757, 800-ALA-PARK
Sequoyah Caverns, (view underground caves, fossils, stalagmites) 1306 County Rd. 731. (800) 843-5098
Natural Bridge of Alabama, (sandstone bridge towers above walking trails) Hwy. 278. 205-486-5330