Lakes, trails, and a canyon: Just the tip of things you can do in the northern Alabama county of Franklin.
Check out the following list, courtesy the Alabama Mountain Lakes Association:
1. Bear Creek Lakes – From outdoor fun including luxury cabins, fishing, boating, swimming and camping to great crappie and bass fishing to Bear Creek Floatway, considered one of the best canoe trips in the state Bear Creek has plenty of fun for the entire family.
2. Cypress Cove Farms & North Alabama Birding Trail (Site #51) – A shining example of a small farm converted to a site actively managed for wildlife and natural resource education, visitors may access managed wetlands, small ponds, forests and a large diversity of bird species. Birding is best along the numerous hiking trails which cross the farm. A must for all Nature lovers.
3. Dismals Canyon –Located near Phil Campbell, The Dismals is a National Natural Landmark and one of the few places where the glow-in-the-dark insects call dismalites can be found. A quiet unspoiled oasis and one of Alabama’s last secret hiding places.
4. Red Bay Museum – The museum showcases various displays of artifacts which highlight Red Bay’s past. The museum’s second floor features an extensive collection donated by family and friends from the life of The First Lady of Country Music, Tammy Wynette
5. Red Bay Waterpark – A family fun park which includes picnic areas, basketball court, and playground areas. The park features two adult water slides, four children’s water slides, a large swimming pool and concession stand.
6. Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park – Waterfalls, campsites, facilities for riding, horses, and hikers, Rock Bridge Canyon is the perfect place to visit for a weekend or just a day. Located in Hodges, it is the perfect place to get away, forget your troubles and relax, hike or ride your favorite horse.
7. Roxy Theatre – A fixture in downtown Russellville since 1949 it first served as a movie theatre and today is a venue for concerts, recitals and talent shows. Visitors can hear the sounds of country, folk, gospel, blues and rock and roll by both professional and local performers.
8. Watermelon Festival –This annual third weekend in August event is the largest festival in Franklin county and annually draws 35,000 to 50,000 visitors. The event is free…including a free slice of watermelon and includes live entertainment, a bike ride, 5K run, contests, Watermelon Beauty Pageant, tractor, truck and car show and lots more. A great way to wrap up the summer.
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