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Just in time for summer, Outside Magazine’s online publication is highlighting several of our favorite local and nearby natural wonders in their United States of Adventure series.
Making the list – Oak Mountain State Park, Horse Pens 40 and Cheaha State Park and Little River Canyon National Preserve.
Established in 1977, Outside magazine’s mission is to “inspire active participation in the world outside through award-winning coverage of the sports, people, places, adventure, discoveries, health and fitness, gear and apparel, trends and events that make up an active lifestyle.”
The publication has more than 600,000 monthly readers.
Presented by Honda the United States of Adventure is billed as the ultimate guide to the best state parks, recreation areas, trail systems, and adventure destinations in every state.
Here are the chosen Alabama places and activities:
Oak Mountain State Park
A little bit of Alabama history for you… Did you know before Oak Mountain State Park was created by the state of Alabama, in the 1930s, there were visions to make it a National Park unit? We could have been the “Smoky Mountains of the South.”
Today, the nearly 10,000 acre State Park is one of Alabama’s most popular – and Outside recognized that fact by making it the feature in its U.S. Adventure story about Alabama.
Little River Canyon – Best Waterfall
Speaking of National Parks, Alabama’s only National Park unit dedicated to a natural area is the Little River Canyon National Preserve.
According to Outside, Little Rivers Falls is the best waterfall in the state. As locals, we can add, it is also very accessible.
Another fun fact…. Little River Canyon is arguably the deepest canyon East of the Mississippi.
Horse Pens 40 – Best Bouldering
Only about 40 miles from Birmingham, Horse Pens 40, which is privately owned, but opened to the public, is paradise for folks who love to hop on top of boulders.
Additional bonus… the place is family friendly, and there are places to pitch a tent of sleep for the evening in small cabins.
Cheaha State Park – Best Vista
Here is a seasonal challenge. Visit Cheaha’s Bald Rock 4 times in the next 12 months and take a photo for each season. You will be amazed by the changes in the rolling green foothills of the Appalachians you’ll see.
Who did Outside miss?
Nearby, they missed the Sipsey Wilderness of course. Coldwater Mountain for mountain biking – and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve for tubing.
Who else got left out?