Plan your Trip - Sports & Recreation
Spend time outdoors enjoying your favorite sports. You can get out on the water to enjoy some boating or fishing, golf on beautiful courses or get your “buck a day” during hunting season.
Lake Guntersville Water Activities
Lake Guntersville Water Activities
A cornerstone of the Jackson County area for living and recreation is the 69,000 acre Lake Guntersville, Alabama’s largest lake.
It was created in 1938 when the Tennessee Valley Authority dammed portions of the Tennessee River to control flooding and provide low-cost hydroelectric power.
Today, Lake Guntersville is nationally known for largemouth bass and has been the site of the National Bass Master’s Tournament.
Skiing, boating, paddle boarding and personal water craft are great ways to spend a day on the water.
Jackson County on Lake Guntersville
The fishing in Jackson County on Lake Guntersville is incredible. The fishing success on Lake Guntersville is well documented, having received national attention with anglers reeling in many of the biggest bass in the world.
A great variety of other fish such as white and black crappie, bluegill, shellcracker, blue catfish, channel catfish, sauger and white and yellow bass also thrive in the vast waters of Lake Guntersville.
For information about fishing and licenses, visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website.
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove
25 minutes west of Scottsboro on Hwy. 72 (take 450 Old Hwy., 431 South)
Ok, now the truth is out. Our area has a number of great golf courses. It’s a bit more than a shopping trip when you have a Robert Trent Jones course (54 holes!) to play. Think you can talk Dad into coming now?
Goose Pond Colony
This is where Dad and the kids can play while Mom shops! (Dad may also want to check out the sporting equipment at UBC. He could turn up a lost treasure, like a great putter or fishing rod.)
Not only is there great golfing on the Par 72 championship course, you can also enjoy boating, fishing, hiking and swimming.
Hunting Grounds of Jackson County
Word of the “buck a day” limit on deer has spread and hunters from throughout the South and beyond come regularly to the fertile hunting grounds of Jackson County.
The season is long, the variety of game is impressive and the settings – from open fields and forests to swamps and high bluffs – can accommodate even the most demanding of hunters. Duck and white-tail deer are the draw in late fall through winter.
There is also a good variety of small game including dove, quail, squirrel, rabbit and turkey. Hunting is available on over 50,000 acres of the refuge and management area and through private hunting clubs.
For information about hunting seasons and licenses, visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website.
Hiking & Exploring
The Bat Cave (Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge)
Located just above the Sauty Creek embayment of TVA’s Guntersville Reservoir, 7 miles west of Scottsboro.
One of the most interesting natural sights in Alabama, indeed, in the Southeast, are the summer evening emergences from Sauta Cave of over 250,000 gray bats.
A hint for visitors: A cap, hood or umbrella should be used while viewing, as visitors may be “put upon” while enjoying the show! A little planning will prevent observers from carrying home an unwanted souvenir of the experience.
Buck’s Pocket State Park-Hiking
The incredible natural beauty of our area will help you get back in touch with what’s important. We’ll certainly understand if you don’t want to go home! (Many of us who came to visit stayed for the beauty and relaxed lifestyle!)
DeSoto State Park & DeSoto Falls
20 minutes from Scottsboro off Hwy. 35
Want to explore some of the natural beauty of the area? Pack a picnic and relax with the family for a few hours exploring the waterfall and hiking trails.
Lake Guntersville State Park
True Adventure Sports
Featuring 49 different outdoor activities including zip lines, sky swing, caving, rapelling and so much more. If you're looking for extreme outdoor fun after you've had your extreme indoor shopping fun at UBC, then True Adventure Sports is the place to go. They do most of their activies in and around Little River Canyon National Preserve.
13102 AL Hwy 176 Ft. Payne, AL 35967
North Alabama Birding Trail
Towering forests of oak and hickory and vast open water, you’re likely to spot any number of birds in this corner of Alabama. There are 50 sites throughout North Alabama you can visit. Go to the site to get information.
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