Three Incredible Scenic Drives to Take in Alabama
The open road: a temptress calling all souls eager to explore. In Alabama, few things beat a springtime walk through the countryside. Dense forest highways spill out onto a creamy white sand coastline. When the time is right and the horizon presents itself, adventure can be found on one of these scenic drives in the state of Yellowhammer.
The Natchez Trace Walk
Boasting 60 miles of scenic trails, 100 species of wildflowers and the nickname “Devil’s Backbone”, the Natchez Trace Walk is the grandfather of all. The stretch of road connecting eastern Mississippi and western Alabama covers 444 miles and is an 8,000-year-old route. Cyclists cruise the edges of the highway as honeysuckle buds burst around them. Sinuous curves and crescendo turns naturally along flowing rivers and streams. As naturally as winter turns into spring, an early morning drive along the trail can easily turn into an evening return trip under the stars.
Talladega Scenic Drive
Driving on any road named Talladega can kick a Southerner’s heart into high gear. The scenic route with this name is no different. Mount Cheaha, the highest point in the state, towers over the trail like a peak to behold. Race to the top of the Talladega National Forest can be a challenge for those looking for more adventure. Campsites, hiking trails along the Appalachian Mountains, and mountain restaurants make healthy stops for drivers looking to stretch their legs. Once at the top, a breathtaking view of the mountain range awaits you. Splinters of cities in the distance accompany the azure haze created by the condensation released from a sea of green trees. It’s peaceful here. That is, until the motors begin to spin for the downstroke.
Alabama Coastal Connection
For those who live on the peninsula of the state, there is the Coastal connection. Ocean views, stunning Old South architecture, and the mix of traditional and modern cultures abound on this loop from Spanish Fort to Bayou La Batre to Gulf towns. Fairhope’s beautiful and timeless design can be found in the vibrant and bustling boulevards of Orange Beach. The calm and tranquil Dauphin Island serves as a peaceful finale as you cross the bridge back to the mainland. In spring, summer or even in the heart of winter, this route is always a welcome expedition.
For more information on Alabama’s Scenic Drives, go to alabamabyways.com.
This story originally appeared on the SoulGrown website.