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Alabama leaf-peeping viewscomment (0)

July 12, 2007

There are a variety of Alabama locations good for leaf peeping, according to the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel. Some are listed below and additional information can be found at the bureau’s Web site at www.800alabama.com or by calling the numbers listed with each entry.

Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham — Recommended viewing: Peavine Overlook and Peavine Falls. Scenic drives: State Highway 119 to Oak Mountain State Park Road, then to John Finley Avenue, Terrace Drive and Peavine Road. 205-620-2520.

The Natchez Trace, Lauderdale and Colbert counties — Developed from a network of American Indian trails between Natchez, Miss., and Nashville, the Natchez Trace cuts diagonally across the northwest corner of the state. Scenic drive: Entire 33 miles of the trace through Alabama. 1-800-344-0783.

Joe Wheeler State Park, Rogersville — Recommended viewing: Joe Wheeler Dam near the cabin area on the Lawrence County side. Scenic drive: After leaving U.S. Highway 72, there is a four-mile scenic drive into the park’s resort area on the Lauderdale County side. 256-247-5466.

Lake Guntersville State Park, Guntersville — Recommended viewing: See the park from the lodge atop the mountain. Scenic drive: State Highway 227 through the park and into Buck’s Pocket State Park and nearby DeKalb and Etowah counties. 256-571-5444.

DeSoto State Park and Lodge/DeSoto Falls/Little River Canyon, Fort Payne — Recommended viewing: Little River Canyon and DeSoto Falls. Scenic drives: Lookout Mountain Parkway, DeSoto Parkway and Old DeSoto Parkway. State Highway 176, part of Lookout Mountain Parkway, includes scenic overlooks of Little River Canyon. 256-845-0051.

Cheaha State Park, Lineville — Mount Cheaha is the highest point in the state at 2,407 feet above sea level. Recommended viewing: Bald Rock and Pulpit Rock trails. Scenic drives: Talladega Scenic Drive, Skyline Drive and Skyway Motorway. 256-488-5111.

Source: Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel

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