Life finds a way, even in the most unexpected places. From theme parks to museums, you can find the remains of the by-gone age of dinosaurs almost anywhere, and that includes this secluded Alabama forest. It’s probably the last place you’d expect, but if you know where to look, you’ll find that these creepy petrified dinos hiding among the trees is one of the coolest things to see Alabama.
Local legend says the story of the dinos goes something like this: an eccentric billionaire (it seems like there’s always one of those around when dinosaurs are involved) George Barber commissioned artist Mark Cline to design and build the sculptures in the woods around Barber’s marina.
The sculptures include a Tyrannosaurus rex, a triceratops, a stegosaurus, and a brontosaurus. Local hikers say the latter is particularly hard to find because he’s hiding on the opposite side of Barber Parkway than where the others are.
The search for the hidden forest dinos makes for a great scavenger hunt and even a decent hike. You’ll want to be sure to wear appropriate shoes and make sure your camera is charged.
Barber Marina makes for a good starting point, but if you want to visit each dinosaur directly, these adventurers took the time to map out each sculpture’s GPS coordinates.
In the same area, you’ll also find an attraction called Bamahenge, Alabama’s very own Stonehenge (get the name, now?).
Unsurprisingly, this sculpture is also thought to be the work of Mark Cline’s skill and George Barber’s money. You can find your way there by following the coordinates mapped out by the same adventurers.
Within the marina waters, you’ll also find a giant Lady in the Lake sculpture. You bet you can also find her coordinates on these road trippers' page.
Stranger things have happened in the south, and these are just some of our favorites to check out if you’re in the area!
Dinosaurs In The Woods
Address: 26986 Fish Trap Rd., Elberta, AL
Why You Need To Go: Go for a peaceful hike in the woods and see if you can find all four dinosaurs!
While these establishments are no longer there, one building has remained for over 200 years and with it a mystery that goes back just as long.
In 1815, only several years after its construction, the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse saw the disappearance and rumoured murder of its first keeper, J.P. Radan Muller, a disappearance that remains a mystery to this day.
Surrey RCMP officers in Port Coquitlam, B.C., busted a massive drug lab on April 19 that police say could produce 39 million fatal doses of fentanyl in just three weeks — roughly matching the population of Canada.
According to a statement from the RCMP, an "illicit fatal street dose" of fentanyl is 2 milligrams and the lab was capable of producing 26 kilograms (13 million potentially fatal doses) of pure fentanyl per week.
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Surrey RCMP said it was helped by various federal and municipal police agencies in dismantling and collecting evidence from the lab, which was so big that it took three days to fully break down.
"This drug and chemical seizure has dealt a multi-million-dollar blow to organized crime and gangs in BC; helping attack the income sources of those who put our communities at risk with drug trafficking; and the gang violence that accompanies it," police said in the statement.
Police say no charges have been laid in relation to the lab's operations, but an investigation is ongoing.