Favorite Alabama Day Trips – Part 2

We’re back at it with our second part of the series “Favorite Alabama Day Trips from Your Bryant Bankers!” Our Bryant Bankers would like to share even more of the best places to visit in Alabama.

Oak Mountain State Park

William Gardner from the Homewood location shared that his favorite Alabama day trip is to visit  Oak Mountain State Park, located in Pelham, AL. Oak Mountain State Park has everything he and his wife need to make it a fun day. Oak Mountain has trails for walking, cycling, and exercising. In addition to the trails; there is a beautiful waterfall on the 5-mile hike, which is well worth the walk. The park also includes two basketball courts, grilling stations, and you can rent canoes and paddleboats.  If you enjoy water, visitors can enjoy a small beach and fishing grounds. Honestly, what isn’t there? Oak Mountain State Park is jammed packed with fun and adventure for couples and families.

One of the coolest things William mentioned is that once a year they also try out the army obstacle practice course just to stay in shape. Want to give that a try?

Click here to watch what the park all has to offer!

Desoto State Park and Desoto Falls

Desoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama is a beautiful spot if you want to go hiking. It has many beautiful waterfalls and rivers along 35 miles of different hiking trails.

 “Flowers were blooming on the trails next to large rocks covered in moss. Desoto Falls were beautiful!” Diane Carrasquillo said (Huntsville). There is also a zip line which is great if you are looking for something a bit more adventurous.

During the summertime, it’s a great place to start your day with hiking and end it with floating on the water or in a kayak.

Ivy Green

Susan Hathorne from the Tuscaloosa Main office enjoyed taking her granddaughters to  Ivy Green, the home of Helen Keller.

“I enjoyed taking my grandchildren to see a piece of Alabama history that they have learned about but have never seen in real life. The girls were amazed at things like how Helen had learned by the touch of water or how small her room was when she was a baby.  They loved how beautiful her home was as she grew up with all of the paintings and the silver.”

Still have some time left? Not far away from Ivy Green is the Natural Bridge. The Natural Bridge is a 148-foot sandstone bridge and is 60 feet high. Definitely worth a visit!

Perdido River Hiking Trail

Hiking is certainly a common theme for these day trips, but that’s just a testimony to our beautiful resources in the great state of Alabama!  The Perdido River Hiking Trail offers 17 miles of hiking trails along Perdido River, between the Alabama and Florida line. You’ll also find canoeing trails!

Shea Dean out of our Baldwin County market shared, “There isn’t as many hiking options along coast like there is in other parts of Alabama, but this one is great!”  She also shared a good piece of advice for summertime visitors; watch for bugs during the warm season!

Click  here to figure out what trail you want to follow!

Get together with your friends and family and start planning! We invite you to send some pictures our way if you decide to make the trip to one of these locations. We would love to see them so tag us on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and/or LinkedIn.

Thanks for reading!