Birding Backbone Creek

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The many blocks of the David K. Nelson Wildlife Management Area offer some exceptional birding opportunities. One of our favorites is Backbone Creek in southernmost Greene County. It’s located just a few miles northeast of Demopolis and provides easy access to the backwaters of the Black Warrior River and Lake Demopolis.

Birding Chickasaw State Park

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Off the Porch with Judy and Don Self The 12th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, our 4-day mid-winter avian scavenger hunt was great fun. At last count, our species total was 70 for Gallion. The weather was great as usual and the birds were for the most …

Birding Old Lock 1 Park & Bashi Creek

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With spring migration winding down and the breeding season in full swing, May is a great time to bird southwest Alabama’s floodplain forests. Two of our favorites are Old Lock 1 Park and Bashi Creek Public Use Area. Both are maintained by the US Corps of Engineers. Management Rd, Demopolis, AL 36732; phone: 334-289-3540 and both provide excellent access to the backwaters of the Tombigbee River.

Choctaw County Lodging

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Hotels and Motels Reid’s Motel (205) 459-2812 811 S Mulberry Ave, Butler, AL 36904 Cross Streets: Near the intersection of S Mulberry Ave and Norton St Western Inn (205) 459-4700 104 Vanity Fair Ave, Butler, AL 36904 Cross Streets: Between AL-10/Picken …

Christmas Traditions in Evergreen, Alabama

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No one is left out in Evergreen Alabama when it comes to celebrating Christmas—from your companion animals, children, and the elderly citizens, there is something for everyone to enjoy. My favorites include The Christmas Journey—a live nativity scene presented by the members of the Community of Christ Church on the corner of Rural and Martin Streets a block from Historic Downtown Evergreen one weekend out of the month of December. The church members dress up as members of that Nativity scene of long-ago with live animals; visitors can drive by or park and get out and walk along the sidewalk with luminaries lighting their way. This is a project in which the church members give back to their community—a gift to Evergreen—every year.

Clarke County Historical Museum

Located in Clarke County | What you’ll find: Archeological | Historical | Museum

At the intersection of U.S. Highways 84W and 43 in Grove Hill stands the Clarke County Museum. With its pristine exterior, white picket fence, and ample lawn shaded by oaks, magnolias, and pecan trees, this plantation plain-style home invites passers-b …

Clarke County Lodging

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Hotels – Jackson Best Western 3218 N College Ave – Jackson, AL 251-246-6030 Mike Shows – Owner Downtown Inn 3207 N College Ave – Jackson, AL 251-246-5741 Mike Shows – Owner Royal Inn 3682 N College Ave – Jackson, AL 251-246-4340 Harry Gandhi- Owner Ham …

Conecuh County Lodging

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Hotels and Motels Comfort Inn, Evergreen This Comfort Inn is located approximately five miles from Hank Williams Memorial Park and 80 miles from Dannelly Field Airport. It’s also five miles from Evergreen City Park, 12 miles from Burndt Corn, and 25 mi …

Dallas County Lodging

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Hunting Lodges Tatum Creek Alabama’s Finest Deer Hunting Located in the heart of the famous Black Belt Region in Central Alabama, Tatum Creek Hunting Camp offers a great Alabama Whitetail Deer Hunt on over 6,000 acres of intensively managed and family …

Dining Around Rural Southwest Alabama

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Note: These are travelers’ favorites. Tell us what you liked where and why you liked it. Leave a comment here or send us a message. Check back frequently, as we’ll be updating the dining section regularly in the coming weeks. Ezell’s (Lavaca) – Famous catfish for generations. Listed in 100 Places to Eat Before You Die for their hushpuppies. Fried dill pickles and blooming onions are good. Their coleslaw is the local standard for good slaw. Located on the river in a 200 year old log cabin as the central building. Walls are covered with stuffed game heads.

FOOD & FUN IN THE BLACK BELT

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Travel the back roads of Alabama for some Southern country cooking and unusual places, places with a history of ghosts and legends, of tall tales that might have occurred as well as happenings beyond belief that are, in fact, historic fact.

Fooling Folks into the Black Belt

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A group of tourists from Michigan recently visited: they traveled through Selma and walked across the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge that is the landmark of the Voting Rights Movement. From there, it was on to Gees Bend and then to Black Belt Treasures before dinner at Gaines Ridge.

Haints and Haunts for Halloween

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Ghost Stories in Alabama “Come away with me to a place where magic still happens and legends never die” has become the tagline for tourism in rural Southwest Alabama. Kathryn Tucker Windham, our Patron Saint of  Tourism in this area said it best. She g …

Kathryn Tucker Windham Museum Director Deborah Rankins on the Radio

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Folklife Specialist Anne Kimzey interviews Deborah Rankins, Assistant Director of Library Services at Alabama Southern Community College and the Kathryn Tucker Windham Museum in Thomasville.  Rankins furnishes information about the Windham Museum and d …

Marengo County Lodging

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Lodging, from hotels and campgrounds to hunting lodges and more, all in Marengo County.

Monroe County Lodging

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Hotels and Motels Holiday Inn Express, Monroeville Just minutes from Historic Monroeville, Monroe County is home to Kill a Mockingbird museum and well know for the Alabama Writers Conference….a historic courthouse….Alabama River….and all of the i …

Native American Trail

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Baldwin One of the most brutal massacres in American history took place at Fort Mims during the Creek Indian War. The Creeks, led by Red Eagle, took the fort killing all but about 36 of some 550 in the fort. The Creeks had been armed by the British at …

Nature in Southwest Alabama

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Our rural landscape boasts an impressive selection of birds and other wildlife. From the dozens of outstanding bird-watching along two of Alabama’s 8 Birding Trails to fishing  along miles and miles of riverfront and hunting throughout the region, Sout …

Old Cahawba

Located in Dallas County | What you’ll find: Archeological | Historical | Outdoor Recreation

Cahawba was once Alabama’s state capital (1820-1826) and a thriving antebellum river town. It became a ghost town shortly after the Civil War. Today it is an important archaeological site and a place of picturesque ruins As early as 4,000 years ago Ind …

Old Cahawba Prairie Preserve

Located in Dallas County | What you’ll find: Archeological | Birding | Historical | Outdoor Recreation

The Old Cahawba Prairie Preserve is a 3,000-acre tract of remnant blackland prairie, one of the remaining half dozen such areas in the entire Black Belt.  The western portion of the parcel is almost five square miles of predominately native grassland, …

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