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Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge Hunting

Fort McClellan, AL 36205 (91.584 miles)

Situated within the Southern Appalachian Mountain Range between Atlanta, Georgia (90 miles) and Birmingham, Alabama (60 miles). The refuge is situated along the rugged landscape of Choccolocco Mountain, one of the highest mountain ridges in Alabama. High elevation vistas (2063 feet ASL) provide an array of beautiful fall colors and breathtaking views of the surrounding region. Hardwood forests along mountain ridges contain species typical of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the north, while slopes and lower elevations are covered by longleaf pine and hardwoods commonly associated with the Coastal Plain.

Official Website: Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge

Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge Hiking

Anniston, AL 36205 (91.584 miles)

the Refuge only consists of 24 acres of bushy vegetation, a 1/4-acre pond known as Thomas Spring lies within the boundary. This spring is vital habitat for the endangered watercress darter. In 1983, a second pond was constructed on the Refuge to provide additional potential habitat. Currently there are four sites in the Birmingham area where the darter is known to occur or has been introduced. Two of these are part of the Refuge. Various under water plant species provide ideal habitat for watercress darters to live and spawn in.

Official Website: Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge

Florala State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking

Florala, AL 36442 (95.359 miles)

Stretching along the shores of beautiful 500-acre Lake Jackson, this compact 40-acre park offers swimming, paddleboat rentals, fishing and picnicking, as well as a complete community building and a modern lakeside campground. Water skiing and personal watercraft are allowed on the lake. Located on the Alabama/Florida state line, this park has the perfect climate for campers seeking to avoid those harsh winter months up north.   

Official Website: Florala State Park

Talladega National Forest - Shoal Creek District Hiking Fishing Camping Horseback Boating

Heflin, AL 36264 (95.545 miles)

The Talladega National Forest is divided into three Ranger Districts:  Oakmulgee District lies in the central part of the state, south of Tuscaloosa County in Hale, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Perry, Chilton and Dallas Counties.  The Shoal Creek and Talladega Districts are located in the northeastern part of the state in Cherokee, Calhoun, Cleburne, Talladega and Clay Counties.  The Talladega and Shoal Creek Divisions of Talladega National Forest topography is comprised of upland hills and low mountains with predominantly moderately steep slopes.  Oakmulgee Division of Talladega National Forest consists of level to moderately sloping, broad ridges with stream terraces and broad floodplains.

Official Website: Talladega National Forest - Shoal Creek District

Lake Lurleen State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Coker, AL 35452 (102.762 miles)

Lake Lurleen State Park is named after Alabama’s only female governor. Lurleen Wallace, the wife of former Governor George C. Wallace, was a native of Tuscaloosa County. As Governor she was instrumental in funding a major renovation project of Alabama State Parks. Lake Lurleen State Park is located 9 miles Northwest of the cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport, Alabama and is 14 miles from the campus of the University of Alabama, home of the “Crimson Tide.” The 1,625-acre park is a scenic lakeside retreat set on the banks of a 250-acre lake. Facilities include a modern campground, activity building, picnic area, play area, pavilions, beach with bathhouse, fishing piers, boat rentals and boat-launch areas.

Official Website: Lake Lurleen State Park

Kolomoli Mounds Historic State Park Hiking Fishing Camping

Blakely, GA 39823 (103.659 miles)

This park located in SW GA is an important archaeological site as well as a scenic recreational area

Official Website: Kolomoli Mounds Historic State Park

Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area

Jacksonville, AL 36265 (103.821 miles)

Choccolocco, located in Calhoun County, NE Alabama, doubles as a State Forest and Wildlife Management Area. Forest related activities are managed by the Alabama Forestry Commission while the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provides wildlife management expertise. All activities seek to complement multiple forest values, including aesthetics and recreation. A severe snowstorm in late winter 1993 damaged a multi-purpose unit totaling approximately 118 acres. The planting of 58,000 longleaf pine in the spring of 1995 completed the restoration efforts that began the preceding year.

Official Website: Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area

Rickwood Caverns Camping

Warrior, AL 35180 (103.954 miles)

Experience the thrill of Rickwood's miracle mile of underground caverns! The 260 million-year-old limestone formations, blind cave fish and underground pool are just a few of the natural wonders exhibited in the colorful cavern. The park features an Olympic-size swimming pool, snack bar, picnic area, large and small picnic shelter, hiking trails, playground, campground and gift shop. Rickwood Caverns is a recognized member of the National Caves Association, and offers more than a mile of living geology. The caverns themselves were water-formed during the Mississippian period over 260 million years ago. Rickwood Caverns still contains active "living formations," as mineral-laden water droplets build colorful structures and flowstones. Rickwood Cave reveals that it was carved from an ocean bed - shell fragments and fossils of marine life are clearly visible along the cavern ceiling and walls. Many curiosities are featured on guided tours of the "miracle mile" at Rickwood Caverns State Park.

Official Website: Rickwood Caverns

John Tanner State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Carrollton, GA 30117 (105.999 miles)

GA State Park in West GA

Official Website: John Tanner State Park

PONCE DE LEON SPRINGS STATE PARK Hiking Fishing

PONCE DE LEON , FL 32455 (112.545 miles)

This beautiful spring is named for Juan Ponce de León, who led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513-as legend has it-in search of the "fountain of youth." Visitors might well regain their youth by taking a dip in the cool, clear waters of Ponce de Leon Springs where the water temperature remains a constant 68 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. The main spring is a convergence of two underground water flows, and produces 14 million gallons of water daily.rn

Official Website: PONCE DE LEON SPRINGS STATE PARK