Today was an absolutely gorgeous day in north Alabama where my husband, James, and I live. We wanted to get out of the house so we decided to go see some of the attractions that are relatively close to us. I hope you enjoy all of the pictures and I will be linking to almost each place’s website so if you’re interested in visiting or just the history you can see for yourself.
First, we went to Natural Bridge. This is a national park with natural bridge and rock formations that are around 200 million years old. It is a scenic walk with some mild hiking. It costs around $3.00 a person and is well worth it for how beautiful it is. We had packed a lunch and ate in their very nice picnic area. You can drink from the natural spring water, which you will see a picture of me doing below. This place is definitely worth a visit.
I’m going to combine our second and third stops because they were small. As we were driving we saw a sign for an old church built in 1884 so we decided to stop. It was beautiful but we couldn’t go inside because services are still held there; I did get pictures through the window, however. The graveyard was filled with mostly babies graves, which is sad no matter when they died. After we left there we stopped at the oldest log jail in Alabama, built around 1868.
Our fourth and fifth stops were right next to each other. We went to an old covered bridge first. It was built in 1904 and is the second longest existing covered bridge in Alabama. I think during the spring or fall it would be a perfect place for a wedding. There’s also a mill and picnic area. Next, we went to the Crooked Creek Civil War Museum. It is privately owned and the owner gave an entertaining and informative tour. There is also a Bed and Breakfast on the property located in an old log cabin that we want to stay at soon. Admission was $5.00 a person and worth it for what all there is to see.
Last but not least, we went to the Ave Maria Grotto. It is a four acre park with 125 miniature reproductions of the world’s most historic shrines. The park was the lifetime work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk. Admission to the park was $7.00 a person.
Well there’s my tour guide for north Alabama, haha! We do have some beautiful and historic sites that are worth seeing if you’re in the area. I hope you enjoyed this peek into our day and I hope your’s was just as good as mine. Thank you for reading!