If you are looking for a way to enjoy the beautiful weather, the Valley has no shortage of events and attractions. For some great ideas, visit our calendar.
But every once in a while, you just want to get away, even when you don’t have time for a full vacation. Thanks to our great central location, there are dozens of great “getaways” around us. If you love the water, spend a day exploring some of beautiful waterfalls located within two to three hours of Huntsville.
Rock Island State Park near Rock Island, TN is only a two hour drive. The beautiful thirty foot horseshoe cascading waterfall is located below the 19th century cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago.
The park offers ten, three and two bedroom cabins that are open year round, a natural sandy beach and a campground with RV hookups. Whether you enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking or just exploring you’ll find plenty to do at Rock Island.
With a short drive you can experience three great falls, a spiral staircase and a swinging bridge all in one short hike. South Cumberland State Park is one of the most beautiful areas in Tennessee. In total it houses nearly a dozen waterfalls. Located in the Salvage Gulf Nature Area on the Cumberland Plateau, just south of Beersheba Springs, TN is Greeter Falls. The area is known for its wildflowers, historic places and as a serene getaway to gather your thoughts. Visit both the Upper and Lower Falls then take the trail to Board Tree Falls. The trail to the Lower Falls uses a unique method to descend the bluff, a spiral metal staircase. Bring the pets and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Little River is one of the longest rivers in America that flows almost entirely on the top of a mountain.
One of the most beautiful and historic places in the south, Little River Canyon near Ft Payne, AL is sometimes referred to as the grand canyon of the East. It features the 45 foot Little River Falls, one of the most scenic and accessible waterfalls in the South. Used as a hunting ground by American Indians for thousands of years, some scholars believe that Spanish conquistador Hernando De Soto passed somewhere near the falls in 1540.