1 Week in Alabama’s Mountain Lake Region

One of the greatest challenges to travel is feeling confident that you’ve made a good decision about where to spend time recuperating and reconnecting with friends and family. In the following snapshot, we hope to provide an accurate overview of how to best spend your time in Alabama’s Mountain Lake Region of Jackson County.

“Life is simple on the lake, just add water.”

morgans cove swimming hole
morgans cove swimming hole

One of the most popular reasons folks choose to visit Jackson County is the beautiful stretch of the Tennessee River that runs straight through the heart of our Northeast corner of Alabama. Home to @unclaimedbag where the Appalachian Foothills meet @mylakeguntersville – Surrounded by 3 State Parks & 1 National Monument – adventure is here!

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day 1

Kayak from Sportsman’s Landing to KC’s BBQ, courtesy of Blue Way Water Rentals. 

4 – 6 HRS

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day 2

Go Pickin’ with Unclaimed Baggage, Scottsboro Antiques, Patches,  LaDeDa’s,  Stevenson Trading Post.

RAIN DAY IDEAS

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day 3

Visit 3 caves in one day. Russell Cave, Stephens Gap & Cathedral Caverns.

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day 5

Go Pickin’ with Unclaimed Baggage, Scottsboro Antiques, Patches,  LaDeDa’s,  Stevenson Trading Post.

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day 6

Visit 3 caves in one day. Russell Cave, Stephens Gap & Cathedral Caverns.

SURROUNDED BY 3 STATE PARKS & 1 NATIONAL MONUMENT

 

We are in a very unique situation here in the Northeast corner of Alabama, where the Tennessee River Valley meets the Appalachian corridor. Our outdoors are often a coveted place of refuge, exploration and adventure for paddlers, cavers, hikers, and the like. To add to the phenomena, we are flanked by three state parks and Alabama’s first National Monument. Needless to say, there is no shortage of outdoor recreation available in our neck of the woods, and the fact that we are in close proximity to three state parks, makes it even better!

 

Buck’s Pocket State Park is publicly owned recreation area located on Sand Mountain 2 miles  north of the Grove Oak community. The state park occupies 2,000 acres that flanks a natural canyon pocket of the Appalachian Mountain chain along South Sauty Creek. The upstream tributary is located on the east side of Guntersville Lake and the park is known for the sweeping views of its rugged, seemingly untouched landscape from the heights of Point Rock. Here you can camp, hike and ATV.

 

Cathedral Caverns State Park is a publicly owned recreation area and natural history preserve located in Kennamer Cove, about 5 miles northeast of Grant and 7 miles southeast of Woodville – on the Jackson and Marshall County border. The park’s 120-foot cave mouth feature, first known as Bats Cave, was developed as a tourist attraction in the 1950s. Then declared a National Natural Landmark in 1972 and opened as a state park in 2000.

Russell Cave National Monument is Alabama’s first National Monument, located close to the town of Bridgeport. The monument was established on May 11, 1961, when 310 acres of land were donated by the National Geographic Society to the American people. It is now administered and maintained by the National Park Service and registered a historic place on October 15, 1966. 

Nearby, outdoor enthusiasts will also discover Lake Guntersville State Park, DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon – all within one hour of each other. 

 

walls of jericho

SECRET SWIMMING HOLES NEAR BUCK’S POCKET

 

High Falls Park is great for the little ones, with a large portion of the swimming area only about knee high. The more shallow waterways do lead over the waterfall, so our suggestion is to play under and around the bridge. At that point it is very safe, just be aware of a few deeper spots among the rocks. 

Morgan’s Cove houses a small boat ramp, so depending on the time of day you visit there could be some traffic. Here, the banks are very calm and easy for strong swimmers to hop in and go deep. Right down the trail (to the left of the dock) you will find a kid friendly rope swing. Don’t forget all the fun water gear you would typically bring to the pool!

Morgan's Cove
high falls park swimming hole
ALABAMA’S MOUNTAIN LAKE REGION

From exploring the wild backwaters at Buck’s Pocket State Park to kayaking two secret caves in a secluded cove, this is what we mean when we say – Alabama’s Mountain Lake Region.