National Parks in Alabama

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National Parks in Alabama

National Parks in Alabama

Alabama’s National Parks are sites filled with fabulous beauty as well as incredible ecological and historical significance.

In the northeast corner of Alabama is Little River Canyon National Preserve. Little River the only river in North America that flows on the top of a mountain. It travels down the Lookout Mountain Plateau, creating a massive canyon and an amazingly diverse ecological system. Over 130 species of birds and over 100 types of endangered species of animals and plants call the 14,000 acres of this stunningly beautiful canyon home.

Also located north of Little River Canyon, and just south of the Tennessee State Line, is Russell Cave National Monument, and archaeological site of true significance. The cave contains evidence of 10,000 years of human habitation. National Park Interpretive Rangers provide guided tours of the cave. (Recreational caving is not allowed due to the number of endangered and rare species there.) There is also a museum on site.

Horsebend National Military Park is located northeast of Alexander City, on a bend in the Tallapoosa River. It was at this site in March of 1814 that General Andrew Jackson, joined by Cherokee forces, battled Chief Menewa and the Red Stick Creeks, who were threatening settlers in the area. Although the Creeks did not surrender until August, it was a decisive battle, leading to the cession of over twenty million acres of land to the United States. This battle also made Jackson into a hero and, combined with his success at the Battle of New Orleans, helped elect him President in 1828.

Other National Parks in Alabama include the Selma to Montgomery National Trail, the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Natchez Trace Parkway, The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, and the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.

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