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Exploring Jackson County, Alabama on The Road Less Traveled

Tennessee Valley Stories

Explore new places while practicing social distancing in our region of the mountains and lakes of Appalachia and the Tennessee River Valley Our trails, caverns, lake, and state parks provide outdoor recreation opportunites, all within a short drive from major metro areas such as Huntsville, Al, Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga, TN.

Tranquil waterfall spotted while hiking the Walls of Jericho. – Robert Posey [email protected]

2020 has been a year of fear that’s gripped our nation unlike anything we’ve witnessed in our lifetime. It’s certainly not the first time in history that our country has had to look long and hard at how the world is unfolding, then make a decision on where to stand. History has proved that we are people who truly care for each other, our communities and future generations. For that reason, we are confident that our neighbors will choose to do the good & right thing, and in the end hope will prevail.

For today, we find our personal world disrupted, plans changed and lives altered. But where do we go for solitude and recovery. Fear keeps us from fully returning to normal, but we are ready to be brave again! With uncertainty clogging the communication waves, at every turn, we are looking for places closer to home to step out to recapture much needed renewal.

Thankfully, the Alabama outdoors were considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic by Governor Kay Ivey. As a result, a record number of first-time visitors have been exploring new parts of the Tennessee Valley Region than ever before.

As the leading tourism organization for Jackson County Alabama, the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce is honored to have the opportunity to welcome many first-time visitors to our Appalachian mountain-lake region, with open arms.

• For those who want to get out & explore find freedom in outdoors spaces, you’ll find it here!
• For those tired of driving, it's time to make waves on Lake Guntersville.
• For those weary of the same four walls, discover ancient ones at the Walls of Jericho, Cathedral Caverns State Park or Russell Cave National Monument.
• For those seeking an unexpected experience, rappel into Stephen’s Gap Cave or hike the Pinnacle Overlook trail.

We welcome you to make your stand here in Jackson County- on our Appalachian peaks, on the back of a boat, in our deepest caves, along the banks of our rivers, on a cabin porch with morning coffee.

Whether you are looking for an isolated place to get outdoors, while practicing safe social distancing guidelines, or want to plan an outdoor adventure once communities are able to resume as usual, we’ve got a few perfect suggestions for you.

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