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Blowing Wind Cave Nwr National Park

1 Activites Phone: (205)-353-7243 Email: r4rw_al.wlr@fws.gov Distance: 1.47 miles

Blowing Wind Cave NWR lies just above the Sauty Creek embayment of TVA's Guntersville Reservoir, 7 miles west of Scottsboro, Alabama. The refuge consists of upland hardwoods and limestone rock out crops. The cave has a double entrance, upper and lower, and is critical habitat for endangered gray and Indiana bats. The cave serves as a minor hibernation area for Indian bats and historically as a ...

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Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Park

9 Activites Phone: (256)-353-7243 Email: wheeler@fws.gov Distance: 10.31 miles

Wheeler NWR, located along the Tennessee River between Huntsville and Decatur, was established in 1938 to provide habitat for wintering and migrating birds. Considered the easternmost Refuge in the Mississippi flyway, this 34,500 acre Refuge attracts thousands of wintering waterfowl each year and supports the southernmost and Alabama's only significant concentration of wintering Southern James Ba...

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Sipsey Wilderness National Park

1 Activites Distance: 30.11 miles

The Sipsey Wilderness now contains a total of 24,922 acres and is managed by the Forest Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Alabama. In 1975 the Sipsey Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasin...

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Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge Park

Phone: (256)-353-7243 Email: wheeler@fws.gov Distance: 38.59 miles

Fern Cave NWR was purchased in 1981 to provide protection for the federally endangered gray and Indiana bats. It consists of 199 acres of forested hillside underlain by a massive cave with many stalactite and stalagmite-filled rooms. The cave has five hidden entrances with four occurring on the Refuge. Fern Cave contains the largest wintering colony of gray bats in the United States with over o...

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Guntersville Lake National Park

12 Activites Phone: (256)-571-4280 Email: tvainfo@tva.gov Distance: 40.43 miles

Good fishing, clear waters, and the beautiful backdrop of the wooded Appalachian foothills combine to make Guntersville one of the South's premier recreation attractions. Crappie is the number-one sport fish, usually accounting for more than half of the total catch. Bass and bluegill are also caught in large numbers. The area just below Guntersville Dam is known for its fine sauger fishing dur...

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Tims Ford Lake National Park

10 Activites Phone: (256)-571-4280 Email: tvainfo@tva.gov Distance: 40.43 miles

Tims Ford's sprawling arms of water are popular with canoeists, kayakers, and anglers. To improve the quality of aquatic life below the dam, TVA runs air compressors that add oxygen to the water. A small turbine has also been added to supply a minimum flow of water to support aquatic life when the hydropower plant is not generating electricity. In addition to power generation and recreation, Ti...

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Normandy Lake National Park

10 Activites Phone: (256)-571-4280 Email: tvainfo@tva.gov Distance: 40.43 miles

Normandy Reservoir attracts bass anglers, campers, and boaters from a wide area. Barton Springs Recreation Area on the south shore of the reservoir is particularly popular. The Duck River watershed is one of the most biologically diverse river systems in the nation. Over 500 species of fish, insects, and other aquatic life inhabit the ecosystem, including two species of mussels - the Cumberland...

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Wilson Lake National Park

10 Activites Phone: (256)-386-2560 Email: tvainfo@tva.gov Distance: 42.17 miles

Wilson Dam is the only neoclassical-style dam in the TVA system, integrating themes of ancient Roman and Greek architecture into the modern structure. The construction of Wilson began in 1918, a year after the United States entered World War I. The federal government built two nitrate plants at Muscle Shoals for the making of explosives, and Wilson Dam was constructed to supply the electricity nee...

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Bear Creek Watershed Lakes National Park

10 Activites Phone: (256)-386-2560 Email: tvainfo@tva.gov Distance: 42.17 miles

Bear Creek is one of four dams - the others are Upper Bear Creek, Little Bear Creek, and Cedar Creek - that provide flood control, recreational opportunities, and water supply in northwest Alabama. The Bear Creek area is popular for all kinds of boating, including canoeing and kayaking. The Bear Creek Floatway, which flows into Bear Creek Reservoir, is a popular spot for teaching first-timers t...

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Pickwick Lake National Park

7 Activites Phone: (256)-386-2560 Email: tvainfo@tva.gov Distance: 42.17 miles

Pickwick Landing Dam is a significant producer of hydroelectric power. It provides a flat pool of water that extends eastward to Wilson Dam in Alabama and covers a portion of the treacherous Muscle Shoals, which once hampered navigation on the Tennessee River. Pickwick Reservoir has excellent sportfishing areas, including the Wilson Dam tailwater at the upper end of the reservoir, noted for re...

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Wheeler Lake National Park

11 Activites Phone: (256)-386-2560 Email: tvainfo@tva.gov Distance: 42.17 miles

Wheeler Reservoir is one of nine reservoirs that create a stairway of navigable water on the Tennessee River from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Paducah, Kentucky. Along with the downstream Wilson and Pickwick Reservoirs, Wheeler helped cover the Muscle Shoals, the rock formations that had blocked navigation on the Tennessee River. Today, Wheeler Reservoir is a major recreation and tourist center, at...

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Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge Park

Phone: (256)-353-7243 Email: wheeler@fws.gov Distance: 47.85 miles

Sauta Cave NWR (known as Blowing Wind Cave NWR until 1999) is a 264 acre Refuge purchased in 1978 to provide protection for the federally endangered gray and Indiana bat and their critical habitat. The cave provides a summer roosting site for about 200,000 - 300,000 gray bats and a winter hibernaculum for both the gray and Indiana bats. There are two entrances into the cave on the Refuge but the...

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Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge Park

1 Activites Phone: (256)-353-7243 Email: wheeler@fws.gov Distance: 48.74 miles

Key Cave NWR, about 5 miles southwest of Florence, Alabama, was established in 1997 to ensure the biological integrity of Key Cave, Collier Cave, and the aquifer common to both. Key Cave has been designated as critical habitat for the endangered Alabama cavefish (Speoplatyrhinus poulsoni) and as a priority one maternity cave for the endangered gray bat (Myotis grisescens). Collier Cave, located ...

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Ocoee Scenic Byway National Park

Phone: (423)-338-5201 Distance: 71.12 miles

Ocoee Scenic Byway, the first National Forest Byway in the nation, winds through the Cherokee National Forest, passing Parksville Lake and traveling through the scenic bluffs of the Ocoee River Gorge. One section of the byway climbs to the top of the Chilhowee Mountains in Tennessee. From here, you capture magnificent views of the Tennessee Valley, the Cumberland Plateau, the Blue Ridge Province, ...

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Russell Cave National Monument Park

Rank: 322 2 Activites Phone: (256)-495-2672 Email: shelia_Reed@nps.gov Distance: 72.12 miles

Russell Cave is an archaeological site with one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast. Thousands of years ago a portion of Russell Cave's entrance collapsed, creating a shelter that, for more than 10,000 years, was home to prehistoric peoples. Today it provides clues to the daily lifeways of early North American inhabitants dating from 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D.

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Little River Canyon National Preserve Park

Rank: 183 9 Activites Email: Gaye_Tulley@nps.gov Distance: 77.71 miles

Little River is unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs offer settings for a variety of recreational activities. Natural resources and cultural heritage come together to tell the story of the Preserve, a special place in the Southern Appalachians.

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Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge Park

Phone: (256)-353-7243 Email: wheeler@fws.gov Distance: 80.49 miles

Watercress Darter NWR, near Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama, was established by the Service in 1980 to provide protection for the endangered watercress darter. Although the Refuge is only about 23 acres of ponds, mixed pine-hardwood forest, and a residence, it contains Thomas Spring, the original quarter acre pond where the species was described. A second pond was constructed on the Refuge i...

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Shiloh National Military Park

Rank: 107 3 Activites Phone: (731)-689-5696 Distance: 88.15 miles

Visit the sites of the most epic struggle in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Nearly 110,000 American troops clashed in a bloody contest that resulted in 23,746 casualties; more casualties than in all of America's previous wars combined. Explore both the Shiloh and Corinth battlefields to discover the impact of this struggle on the soldiers and on the nation.

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Dugger Mountain Wilderness National Park

1 Activites Distance: 90.93 miles

The Dugger Mountain Wilderness now contains a total of 9,200 acres and is managed by the Forest Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Alabama. In 1999 the Dugger Mountain Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age...

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Talladega Scenic Drive National Park

Phone: (256)-463-2272 Distance: 91.27 miles

Talladega Drive offers a bird's-eye view of scenic mountains, rock outcroppings, and small rural settlements within the Talladega National Forest. Heading towards Cheaha State Park and Alabama's highest peak, with an elevation of 2,407 feet, travel the backbone of Horseblock and Cheaha Mountains, the southernmost extension of the Appalachian Mountains.

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National Forests In Alabama Park

14 Activites Email: pa_alabama@fs.fed.us Distance: 94.17 miles

2015 Recreation Fee Schedule and Opening DatesPlaces of Great EscapesGet moving and take a “Great Escape” trip by exercising in one of Alabama’s national forests. A drive to one of our national forests provides opportunities for hiking, running, walking, bicycling, swimming, and canoeing.Exercising in the great outdoors can burn just as many calories as jogging on a treadmill, and an additional be...

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Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area Park

Phone: (615)-898-2947 Email: civilwar@mtsu.edu Distance: 96.32 miles

Experience the powerful stories of vicious warfare, homefront and occupation, the freedom of emancipation, and the enduring legacies of Reconstruction at sites across the entire state of Tennessee.

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Stones River National Cemetery Park

Phone: 61589395016 Email: STRI_Information@nps.gov Distance: 97.51 miles

In July 1862, Congress passed legislation giving the President of the United States the authority to purchase land for the establishment of cemeteries "for the soldiers who shall die in the service of their country." This legislation effectively began the National Cemetery system. Stones River National Cemetery was established in 1865 and has more than 6,000 Union graves. In 1933 responsibility o...

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Stones River National Battlefield Park

Rank: 159 5 Activites Email: stri_information@nps.gov Distance: 97.51 miles

The Battle of Stones River began on the last day of 1862 and was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. The battle produced important military and political gains for the Union, and it changed forever the people who lived and fought here.

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Nickajack Lake National Park

12 Activites Phone: (423)-876-6706 Email: tvainfo@tva.gov Distance: 100.13 miles

Nickajack Reservoir extends 46 miles upstream from the dam to Chickamauga Dam. The reservoir offers wide expanses of water and the spectacular scenery of the Tennessee River Gorge, known as the Grand Canyon of Tennessee. Boat-launching ramps and fishing berms are located on both sides of the river below the dam, and a concrete fishing pier is connected to the bank with footbridges and a wheelchair...

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