North Alabama is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the South. See for yourself when you drive along Canyon Rim Road in Little River Canyon — which is the largest gorge east of the Mississippi River. Next, venture through the depths of Cathedral Caverns and Russell Cave National Monument. And if you’re looking to stay aboveground, visit some of the area’s several waterfalls, including Little River Falls, DeSoto Falls and Noccalula Falls. Get a taste of these picturesque views by taking a virtual tour below — and then start planning your trip to seem them in person!

Take a Virtual Tour of North Alabama

Cathedral Caverns State Park

637 Cave Road, Woodville, AL 35776 • (256) 728-8193

The first thing you notice about Cathedral Caverns is its massive entrance, measuring 126 feet wide and 25 feet high. Inside the cavern, you will find Big Rock Canyon, Mystery River and some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created. Among them, you will also see Stalagmite Mountain, the Frozen Waterfall, and Goliath — a huge stalagmite column reaching the ceiling of the cave some 45 feet above!

Cathedral Caverns State Park in North Alabama

Human habitation can be traced back 8,000 years at Cathedral Caverns.

Noccalula Falls Park

1500 Noccalula Road, Gadsden, AL 35904 • (256) 549-4663

Nestled among the trees in Noccalula Falls Park is a pioneer village with a country store, grist mill, covered bridge, pioneer home, smokehouse, blacksmith shop and more. You will also find a group of rustic, hand-hewn log buildings representing a display of pioneer living conditions. Other park attractions include a war memorial and museum, botanical gardens, hiking trails, a sightseeing train, a playground, carpet golf, picnic pavilions, a wedding chapel and honeymoon cabins, and meeting facilities.

Noccalula Falls

In addition to the views, Noccalula Falls Park also offers a pioneer village, a war memorial and museum, botanical gardens, hiking trails and more.

Little River Canyon Center

4322 Little River Trail, Ste. 100, Fort Payne, AL 35967 • (256) 845-9605

The Little River Canyon Center is the result of a partnership between Jacksonville State University and Little River Canyon National Preserve. The center provides visitors with information, educational and recreational opportunities, and an impressive HD film about Little River Canyon.

Little River Canyon in North Alabama

Looking to get outside for a hike? Little River Canyon is a great choice!

Russell Cave National Monument

3729 County Road 98, Bridgeport, AL 35740 • (256) 845-9605

Russell Cave National Monument has a deep connection to Alabama’s history, serving as an archaeological site with one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast. Today, the area serves as a beautiful hiking and walking trail as well as a great educational opportunity.

Russell Cave in North Alabama

Russell Cave National Monument is an archaeological site with one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast.

All images courtesy of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association.

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