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Visit extreme North Alabama

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm

North Alabama is the perfect place to do something exciting this summer – like jump out of a plane, rappel off a cliff, go horseback riding, or kayak down the river! The region is full of outdoor opportunities to get off the couch and experience the beauty of North Alabama in an exhilarating way.


With 3H Stables, visitors can see the beautiful Alabama mountains from horseback! Visitors can spend the day on horseback in this pristine area and ride well-mannered, gentle-spirited Texas ranch horses along mountain trails, across rolling meadows, past astounding rock formations and scenic wonders. Enjoy a relaxing walk along forest trails with a breathtaking, colorful mountain view. See wildlife in a natural setting and learn about the local flora and history from experienced, personable guides. Seasoned riders as well as the novice are welcome. www.3hstables.com/index.htm


Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort is as unique as Lookout Mountain itself.  Since 1970, advanced snowmaking equipment and patient professional instruction have provided Cloudmont’s ski expansion to include two one-thousand foot, beginner-intermediate slopes.  Two “pony lifts” take skiers to the top of the slopes that have an elevation of 1,800 feet and a vertical rise of 150 feet. Of course, it’s only open during the winter. www.cloudmont.com


Dream Ranch in Guntersville is an outdoorsman’s dream come true. They take a different approach to the southern hunting experience. Guests can harvest the whitetail buck of a lifetime, hunt elusive hard flying coveys of bobwhite quail, and get their daily duck limit all on the same property. Dream Ranch has set out to be the top hunting and fishing resort in the Southeast. www.dreamranch.org


Rock Bridge Equestrian Park is a horse trail with miles of picturesque trails winding through acres of woodlands and canyons with points of interest and overlooks. For the adventurous rider, Rock Bridge has challenging trails, and for the rider who likes to take it nice and slow, there are less challenging trails for a leisurely ride. There are also walking and hiking trails with beautiful waterfalls and a natural rock bridge, which is 100 feet high and 82 feet long. Visitors can experience a breathtaking view 285 feet above the canyon from atop the largest rock in Alabama. www.facebook.com/rockbridgecanyonpark/info


Shady Grove Dude Ranch sits high atop Lookout Mountain near Mentone, Alabama.  If you’re perched on the boondocks, a giant rock formation that spreads at length across the mountain, you are at a vantage point that shows Little River and the Ski area.  The Ranch includes 800 acres of beautiful wooded wilderness, and it is laced with miles of picturesque trails that are used by part-time cowboys and nature enthusiasts for hiking or trail rides. cloudmont.com/shadygrove.html


Skydive Alabama is currently the only dropzone located in North Alabama. Owned by an ex-military, parachute regiment soldier and three-time Skydiving World Championship medalist, Skydive Alabama strives to make every experience the best.  Advantages: unparalleled safety record and large turbine aircraft; offers 18,000 feet jumps with oxygen, which is a 50% higher than any other dropzone in the area; experienced instructors will teach students how to skydive safely; provides students with the latest equipment on the market; freefall video and photography services are available so students can share the thrill of skydiving with their friends and family. www.skydivealabama.com


Stony Lonesome OHV Park is the first public OHV park of its kind in the state. Open year-round, the 1456+ acre park features trails for ATVs, rock crawlers, dirt bikes, mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, pedestrians, and much more. www.stonylonesomeohv.us


True Adventure Sports is a Christian guide and training service mission that helps people experience God’s creation from a new light. TAS offers many classes, such as rappelling, rock climbing, paddling, orienteering, etc. It also leads guided tours in rappelling, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, camping, zip lining, etc. www.trueadventuresports.com


UnPhiltered Kayaking is a provider of kayaking instruction and guided trips for the Tennessee River Region. It offers everything from 1/2-day trips to full weekend trips, and camping out of a kayak. Beginners to advanced skill development programs are offered as well. www.unphilteredkayaking.com