Wandering through a serene forest is an ethereal feeling, and you could almost imagine the trees coming to life like Grandmother Willow! In Alabama, there’s a park where the trees are actually alive with expressive faces, but they probably won’t talk back if you start up a conversation. Intricate carvings cover the trees in Orr Park, and they have to be seen to be believed.

Trees grow old and die just like any other creature in our world, and the lives they live go generally unnoticed. For Tim Tingle, however, the appreciation for each dead or dying tree was so great that he even saw the potential for a special art project in them.

Found in Montevallo, the area now totes the name Tinglewood, and it both sounds and looks like something straight out of a fairytale. Intricate faces, fantasy characters, and even a dragon will greet you as you wander along the paths of the park.

When the carvings were met with much joy around the city, Tingle expanded his creations. He only uses dead trees though and leaves the living ones to grow. There is even a book dedicated to his works in Orr Park called Tinglewood the Carvings of Tim Tingle.

You’ll find plenty of other fun things to explore at the park, too, including two playgrounds, six baseball fields, a football field, and walking trails.

Shoal Creek flows through the area as well, a great place for fishing, kayaking, and finding a peaceful moment.

Whether you’re imaging yourself in Middle Earth or another fantasy land, Orr Park’s tree carvings are a fairytale all of their own.

Tinglewood

Price: Free

Address: Park Dr, Montevallo, AL

Why You Need To Go: Wander through a real-life fairytale wood in Orr Park!

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