Alabama, known for its inland waterway system, is located in the southeastern part of the U.S., bordered by Mississippi to the west, Georgia to the east, Tennessee to the north, and both Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.
The Tennessee River cuts through northern Alabama, forming many creeks, streams, rivers, mountains and lakes. Here, you’ll find popular hiking areas in and around Birmingham, the largest city.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips in Alabama.
Thanks to COVID-19, big-name national parks are drawing larger crowds than normal this year, leading to busy trails and hard-to-get permits. So skip ‘em and set your sights on these sleeper alternatives instead. Not only will you still nab beauty to rival any national park, but there’s a good chance your social distancing will extend for miles and miles.
The hardwood forests, scalped cliffs, and sandstone caves of northern Alabama are good any time of year.
Our field scout explores Orange Beach, Alabama.