Alabama may not have the highest peaks but it does have several mountains that offer incredible scenery. Whether you like to hike or just lie back and take in the views, you’ll be ready to pack up and head to these mountains.
Cheaha Mountain in Clay County is the highest point in Alabama, with the tip reaching 2,407 feet above sea level. Surrounded by the Talladega National Forest, the mountain is part of the 2,799-acre Cheaha Resort State Park.
The Alabama State Parks website says Cheaha offers “breathtaking views and adventurous recreational activities … a little bit of everything.” For information, call 256-488-5111 or 1-800-610-5801.
This mountain ridge is located in the northeast corner of Alabama, the northwest corner of Georgia and along the Tennessee line in Chattanooga. It boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in Alabama, including Little River Canyon and Falls in DeKalb County and Cherokee Rock Village in Cherokee County.
For information on Lookout Mountain, go to visitlookoutmountain.com or call 888-805-4740.
Monte Sano Mountain
This mountain in Huntsville is about 1,621 feet above sea level. It is home to Monte Sano State Park and Monte Sano Nature Preserve, owned and managed by the Land Trust of North Alabama.
Monte Sano means “mountain of health” in Spanish. In the 1800s, people came to the area for the fresh air and mineral springs. For information, call 256-534-3757
This ridge in Birmingham is about 1,025 feet high and divides Jones Valley from Shades Valley. It is part of the Appalachian mountains’ Ridge-and-Valley region. Red Mountain Park preserves the area’s mining history and offers lots of outdoor recreations.
Red Mountain is also home to Vulcan, the world’s largest cast-iron statue. For information, visit redmountainpark.org or call 205-202-6043.
McDill Point is a rock outcropping in the Talladega National Forest. At about 2,188 feet, it offers incredible views of the Cheaha Wilderness.
This is a low-lying portion of the Appalachians extending into Clay, Talladega and Cleburne counties. For more information, contact the Talladega Mountains Natural Resource Center at 256-463-3838.
Bald Rock Mountain
This 1,558-foot peak near Cook Springs, Alabama, in St. Clair County offers hiking and gorgeous views.
At 9,940 acres, Oak Mountain State Park is Alabama’s largest state park. Located on Double Oak Mountain in Birmingham, it offers a wide array of activities and beautiful views.
The Alabama State Parks’ website says of Oak Mountain, “Topping it all off is the park’s stunning physical landscape, which alone makes for an unforgettable experience.”
Sand Mountain is actually a sandstone plateau in Marshall County with an elevation of about 1,500 feet. It is part of the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains. It is the largest plateau in the chain. The photo above was taken from Section, Alabama, at Weathington Park.
Atop Taylor Mountain, Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge overlooks Lake Guntersville for stunning panoramic views. For information, visit the website or call 256-571-5455.
This story first appeared on AL.com.
Source: “Jaw-dropping scenery can be found in Alabama mountains” thisisalabama.org (September 4, 2018) Kelly Kazek https://www.thisisalabama.org/2018/09/04/jaw-dropping-scenery-can-be-found-in-alabama-mountains/