Northeast Alabama's mountains are home to some of the best freeways and detours in the entire southeastern United States. Northeast Alabama is more abundant in national forests, state parks, wildlife and historic sites than any other state could maintain in a small geographic area. The state boasts of providing ultimate protection for land without overly populated areas, and best of all is close to the start of the Appalachi Trail.
The Appalachian Highlands Life Trail
The Appalachian Highlands life path, about 80 miles in length, and connects parts of DeKalb, Cherokee, Cleburne and Calhoun counties. Boarding begins at Interstate 59 in Fort Payne; follows Alabama Highway 35, Alabama Highway 273, Alabama Highway 68, Highway 411, and Alabama Highway 9; and ends at Interstate 20 on Heflin. The picnic area has access from the Lookout Mountain in the north to Alabama's highest peak on Cheaha Mountain. Along the route, there are tourist spots such as Little River Canyon, Lake Weiss and Wildhaness Cheaha. Talladega's scenic drive and Mountain Parkway lookout are great routes to enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery.
Talladega Drive Scene
Talladega Scenic Drivetakes you a 26-kilometer drive through the Cheaha Mountains and Talladega National Forest, the southern tip of Appalachian Mountain. It crosses U.S. Highway 281 near Heflin and U.S. Highway 78 or State Route 20, and ends after Cheahea Wilderness and Adams Gap Road.
Cheaha Mountainhas a road leading right to the highest peak of the mountain 2,407 feet located off State Route 49 at Cheaha Wildlife Area and State Park. The park has a 9.6-mile trail that combines the other two trails for about 5.3 miles and runs through Talladega National Forest where turkeys can be observed going wild.
Talladega National Forest crosses state route 9 and is part of the Cheaha Wildlife and Park. The autumn colors of this forest are a wonderful place, as are the red-haired bass in the lake for fishing during the season. The scenery is absolutely stunning.
Mountain Parkway Lookout
Mountain Parkway Lookout it travels about 50 miles across northeast Alabama and is named after Lookout Mountain, one of the richest cave regions in the world. The park consists of several roads and is considered a multi-lane highway. Destinations include DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon National Park. DeSoto State Park it is located on State Road 59 and Highway 39. There is much to see and do with nature education centers, swimming pools, hiking, biking and more. Desoto Falls is one of the main attractions in the park with a large fall of about 104 meters.
Little River Canyon National Park located along AL Highway 176 (outside AL Highway 35). The River Canyon, located near Fort Payne, Alabama, has a scenic drive 23 miles long and 9 views. Backcountry trails and backwalls also highlighted the area.