If this is your first time here – WELCOME! If not, welcome back!! As full-time RV’ers we travel and see a lot. This is part of our Opting Out of Normal series where we explore the hidden treasures in every state. We love the big popular attractions like everyone else, but there is just something incredible about discovering something unique, different and taking the road less traveled. We certainly can’t explore them all, but we’d love you to share your own off the beaten path stories. Each series will include at least 1 epic boondocking area, with GPS coordinates.
When we arrived in Alabama we realized we’ve been to almost every single state in the US, but we had never even driven through Alabama. It was fun to be in a state we hadn’t seen. There are only a few states left we can say that about.
Neversink Pit – Fackler
Oh how I’d love to have enough courage to repel to the bottom of this place. This natural wonder drops 16 stories straight down through rare flora and streaming waterfalls. Somewhere between a sinkhole and a cave, the remarkable pit known as Neversink in northern Alabama is a geological wonder that inspires photographers and climbers in equal measure. This picture is not my own. I would love to have gotten in but the only way in is to repel. No. Thank. You.
Capitol Park – Tuscaloosa
We love ruins. Historical ruins are just a glimpse into the past and can be so interesting. From 1826 to 1846, Tuscaloosa served as the state capital. Its capitol building was completed in 1829, three years after Tuscaloosa was designated as the capitol. Unfortunately in 1923 it caught fire, and things were left as you see them today. Today many people use this area as a backdrop for portrait photography. This is a beautiful park to walk around in and spend the day.
Unclaimed baggage. Yes, this is where it goes! There is a huge store that receives unclaimed or lost baggage to sell. This is one of Alabama’s top shopping and tourist attractions, hosting nearly a million visitors each year. With thousands of items arriving in their store every day, you never know what you’ll find! We did not go here, but everyone talks about it. We personally do not need any stuff, but as we drove out of Alabama, I thought it might have been fun to just wander through. So if you go, you must share some pictures!
Alabama’s Natural Bridge
Another rock bridge that both defies gravity and is just a natural, beautiful thing to see. Just outside William Bankhead National Forest, the overpass spans a small cave area with a curved rock formation 148 feet long and 60 feet high. Just a short walk from the bridge, is a mysterious carving of an Indian head, similar to that on the buffalo nickel.
Kayaking – Alabama Bartram Canoe Trail
The only official state canoe trail. The Trail, which traverses the swampy, marshy landscape of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, is navigable for more than 200 miles and offers great opportunities for nature viewing, bird watching and exploration. The main attraction is Mound Island, home to 18 Native American earthen mounds of the Bottle Creek archaeological site. One of south Alabama’s best-known trips is the 11.5-mile loop for canoeists and kayakers on Rice Creek. While you’re out there in the Delta be sure to visit Alabama’s Grand Champion Cypress, this cypress measures 27 ft around at its base, and is Alabama’s largest cypress.
Rikard’s Mill Historical Park
Owned and operated by the Monroe County Heritage Museums. The park is located on Flat Creek near Beatrice, AL in Monroe County. The main feature of the park is Rikard’s Mill which is a water-powered grist mill. But there is so much more to see here. An old syrup mill, A covered bridge gift shop, an old cabin, a blacksmith shop and an old barn exhibit just to name a few. Just a really historical place to spend an afternoon. Great place for family pictures for sure!
- Barbour WMA – GPS: 31.994413, -85.453735. Water and trash available. Big rig friendly! Wide open spaces to camp. Sign says it’s only open October through April but website says year round, so definitely ask! There is a small manned office there!
- Who’s done some casino docking? Don’t underestimate this!! You’ll be surprised. Victoryland Casino. Not the most epic view, but if you just need to get some work done or some sleep, it’s awesome!!! And guess what? There is a dump station right across the street at the Love’s truck stop. Check out this casino!! It’s actually really nice! GPS: 32.4094, -85.950355. Great cell service!
- Hollins Hunter Camp – Talladega National Forest. GPS: 33.158104, -86.115158. Unlimited size rigs will fit, cell service workable! Boosted would be better.
As always, please let us know where your favorite off the beaten path place is in Alabama. This little state had some pretty fantastic things to see! Justin and I really want to thank each and every one of you for coming to our blogs, and reading them. We truly hope they open your eyes to just a few Off the Beaten Path places in the USA.
Have you checked out our past blog posts in this series?
Here are just a few! Make sure you check out the whole series!