National Parks in Alabama

The National Park Service was set up in 1916 and the Park System covers an area over 80 million acres in almost all the states in the United States. Areas covered by the system include parks, military parks, historic sites, recreation areas, scenic river routes and trails. Most national parks are closed on public holidays.

Alabama also has its share of National Parks and here is a preview of some of them. Alabama has a rich history and all these historic trails are definitely worth visiting to get an insight into the history of the nation and also the beauty of the land.

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

It covers an area over 2000 acres and is located in central Alabama. It was the spot where General Andrew Jackson and his army broke the Indian Confederacy and managed to obtain land for in Alabama and Georgia. Visit the Museum to get an orientation for the site. The Battlefield Nature Trail is still open to the public and information is available at different shelters on the battle that took place here.

Little River Canyon National Preserve

This Preserve is in northeast Alabama and was set up for the express purpose of protecting natural, recreational and scenic resource of the Canyon. It is over 10,000 acres in size. The river that flows through this preserve has the unusual feature of flowing on a mountaintop and the area surrounding the river is famous for its beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, canyons and sandstone cliffs.

It is a popular area for hiking, canoeing, rock climbing and offers great opportunities to amateur, professional photographers and also ideal for picnics.

Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail

This trail is 110 miles long and runs along the Natchez Trace Parkway. It commemorates an ancient path which served for many centuries as Native American Trails. This trail extends from Mississippi to Nashville Tennessee and incorporates as much as the original trail as possible. Many sections of the trail were developed to accommodate hiking and horseback riding trails.

Russell Cave National Monument

This is a great place to visit – it contains archeological records of human habitation from 7000 BC to 1650 AD. It has passageways which have been mapped and visitors can walk through them to get an idea of what life would have been like. The Visitor center and museum house artifacts, tools, jewelry and pottery found in the area. The Annual Native American Festival has demonstrations of the skills used by the inhabitants and includes pottery making, tanning and flint napping.

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

This is a historic trail established in 1996 to commemorate historic events which eventually granted voting rights to a segment of underprivileged people.

Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail

This trail takes you on a tour of how the Cherokee people survived in the face of their removal from their homes in the Southeast of the US in the 1830s.

List of National Parks in Alabama

List of Alabama State Parks

  • Bladon Springs State Park
  • Blakeley State Park
  • Blue Springs State Park
  • Buck's Pocket State Park, located in Grove Oak, Alabama
  • Cathedral Caverns State Park, located in Grant
  • Chattahoochee State Park
  • Cheaha State Park
  • Chewacla State Park
  • Chickasaw State Park
  • DeSoto State Park
  • Florala State Park
  • Frank Jackson State Park
  • Gulf State Park
  • Joe Wheeler State Park, located near Rogersville
  • Lake Guntersville State Park, located outside Guntersville
  • Lake Lurleen State Park
  • Lakepoint State Park
  • Meaher State Park
  • Monte Sano State Park, located in Huntsville
  • Oak Mountain State Park
  • Paul M. Grist State Park
  • Rickwood Caverns State Park
  • Roland Cooper State Park
  • Wind Creek State Park