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Deep inside Alabama is a tiny island sitting in the middle of a river. and the road to it leads to a sign that welcomes you to an abandoned Tim Burton movie set.

"Welcome To Spectre" the sign reads.

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The best way to get in touch with Alabama’s vast natural world is to immerse yourself right into it, but that doesn’t mean you have to rough it out! If you’re looking for the perfect weekend retreat to enjoy with a group of friends, then this lakeside cabin is an affordable Alabama Airbnb rentaland a must. Explore all that Lake Guntersville has to offer while still staying comfy and cozy in this rustic modern space.

The Nivendale guest cabin isn’t your usual Airbnb stay. It’s a handcrafted work of art made from cedar, poplar, oak, pine, and driftwood, giving it a rustic treehouse design. The wildest part? All the wood used was found on the property.

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There's no shortage of amazing sights to experience while hiking in The Heart of Dixie, whether you're a seasoned adventurer or just lacing up your very first pair of hiking boots. If you’re looking for a new trail to shake things up on, Monte Sano State Park's hiking trails in Alabama are a must. Short and moderate in difficulty, the Stone Cuts Trail specifically will take you through a hidden world of stunning limestone caves and tunnels.

The seasoned hikers and nature lovers of Exploring Alabama explain in detail the various color-coded routes you can take through park, but its Stone Cuts Trail, marked by white on the park map, that you’ll want to focus on.

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You don’t always have to trek for miles through Alabama’s wilderness to reach breathtaking sights. While some may feel the views are best-earned from a tough hike, there are plenty of short and relaxing trails that take you to some of Alabama’s most gorgeous natural wonders. This easy hike leading to DeSoto Falls is one such experience, and you should totally add it to your summer bucket list.

One of the tallest waterfalls in the state, DeSoto Falls cascades downward from 107 feet in the air. Open every day during daylight hours, you can access this stunning three-tiered waterfall just off of Lookout Mountain Parkway.

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Seasoned adventurers may tell you that the journey can be more rewarding than the destination you’re headed for. In the case of Cheaha State Park, that point is debatable. Lush forest trails will lead you to Alabama’s highest point, where you’ll witness mesmerizing mountain views. It’s a gorgeous journey from start to finish, and one you’ll definitely want to add to your summer bucket list.

This sights from up in the clouds atop Cheaha Mountain takes you 2,407 feet above sea level, where you can gaze across the park below. Stunning during any time of day, you'll witness exceptional sunset and sunrise views here.

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