Reviewed by: Gabby Gervais
It’s that enchanting time of year when the weather turns crisp and leaves change to brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red. To take in the phenomenal sights, we’ve picked our fave spots to see fall foliage in Alabama. Get ready to fire up that Instagram feed—your ultimate fall foliage adventure awaits below.
1. Bankhead National Forest
Maple and poplar trees explode in mind-blowing colors at the Bankhead National Forest. Known as the land of a thousand waterfalls, it’s one of the most scenic spots in the state. Found in Northwest Alabama, you’ll discover over 90 miles of trails through the Sipsey Wilderness which means endless enchantment wherever you turn.
Visit Bankhead National Forest: 1070 AL-33, Double Springs, AL 35553
2. Buck’s Pocket State Park
You’ll hit the leafy sweet spot at this popular spot in Northeast Alabama. Expect great views, hiking trails and wildlife.
Visit Buck’s Pocket State Park: 393 Co Rd 174, Grove Oak, AL 35975
3. Mount Cheaha
When the season’s vivid colors call your name, there’s no better direction to go than up—to the tallest natural point in Alabama at Mount Cheaha. Here you’ll be met with majestic panoramic views of the world below.
Visit Cheaha State Park: 19644 AL-281, Delta, AL 36258
4. Lake Guntersville State Park
Resting along the banks of the Tennessee River in Northeast Alabama, Lake Guntersville stretches for 69,000 acres through natural woodlands. Visit during the autumn months and you’ll have a new favorite place for beautiful leafy views.
Visit Lake Guntersville State Park: 1155 Lodge Dr, Guntersville, AL 35976
5. Little River Canyon National Preserve
Atop Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, you’ll find the beloved Little River Canyon. Along with impressive waterfalls, rock formations and bluff views it’s notorious for its stunning fall colors. Venture along Canyon Rim Parkway and take in the views from several scenic overlooks.
Visit Little River Canyon National Preserve: 4322 Little River Trail, #100, Fort Payne, AL 35967
6. Monte Sano State Park
This Huntsville state park offers 22 miles of hiking and biking trails—all gorgeously ensconced by leaves in yellows, oranges and reds.
For the best spots to see the changing leaves of Monte Sano State Park’s many oak trees, follow the North and South Plateau Loop trails. They won’t disappoint.
Visit Monte Sano State Park: 5105 Nolen Ave SE, Huntsville, AL 35801
7. Noccalula Falls Park
Ever been to Noccalula Falls? It’s a must for every foliage fan. Why? Not only is the name fun to say, but it’s also:
- One of the biggest tourism attractions in Gadsden
- Known for having some of the best hiking scenery in Northeast Alabama
- Home to an epic 90-foot waterfall that will blow your mind
Visit Noccalula Falls Park: 1500 Noccalula Rd, Gadsden, AL 35904
8. Oak Mountain State Park
Located near Birmingham in Pelham, Oak Mountain State Park is a top spot for leaf peeping in Alabama. Here you’ll be swept away by miles of magnificent colors along cascading ridges dotted with pines and hardwoods.
Wear your hiking boots and venture along the King’s Chair trail. Though moderately steep, the views are so good they’ll leave you breathless.
Visit Oak Mountain State Park: 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124
9. Ruffner Mountain
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or prefer to sit back and take in the views, Ruffner Mountain in Birmingham is sure to satisfy your love for fall.
Visit Ruffner Mountain: 1214 81st St S, Birmingham, AL 35206