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Attractions & events

Events

Daffodil Festival, Blountsville (1st Saturday of May)
The Daffodil Festival includes food, arts and crafts vendors, kids activities and more. Also, entertainment is provided all day by area musicians.

Harvest Festival, Blountsville (2nd Saturday of October)
Arts, crafts, food, bike show, car show, entertainment, display of old farm tractors and equipment. The event is held annually on the second Saturday of October.

Hayden Day (1st Saturday of October)
Hayden Day is a great family friendly festival that is held in front of Hayden Middle School. Free admission, free car show, free entertainment and a free kid’s area with karaoke, inflatables, and rides such as the mechanical bull, swings and much more.

Locust Fork Whitewater Invitational –  Cleveland (1st Weekend of February)
Race course is on the LOCUST FORK of the Black Warrior River.  The course consists of 25 gates, set on class II/III rapids that are approximately one hundred yards long. They are spectator friendly with walking trails right beside them.

Mulberry Fork Canoe & Kayak Race – Garden City (1st weekend of March)
Race course is on the MULBERRY FORK of the Black Warrior River.  The course consists of 25 gates, set on class II/III rapids that are approximately one hundred yards long. They are spectator friendly with walking trails right beside them.

PaddleFest (1st weekend of April)
PaddleFest is a celebration weekend that will feature clinics, demos, music and camping. There will be no race during the PaddleFest. This weekend is meant to be a celebration of the river and the people that love it. It will be held at King’s Bend on the Locust Fork.

Rally by the River (4 Weekends in 2017: April 6-9; June 8-11; September 7-10; October 12-15)
The “Rally by the River” is central Alabama’s hottest motorcycle rally. Each of the four Rally weekends are filled with bikes and music. Cabins (limited), Primitive camping and RV hookups are available throughout rally weekends.

BIKERS VENUES 

Boogie Bottoms  Website / Facebook
The “Rally by the River” is Blount County’s hottest motorcycle rally. Rally weekends are filled with bikes and music. Primitive camping and RV hookups are available throughout rally weekends.

CAMPING & RV HOOKUPS VENUES

Boogie Bottoms  Website / Facebook
3 Cabins available to rent.  Each contains 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom with Shower, Kitchenette and Living Room.  All Cabins furnished with Furniture and Linens.  Cabins are limited to 6 people – Must be 21 years or older to rent. Primitive camping and RV hookups are available throughout rally weekends.

Country View RV Park Website / Facebook
Restrooms, Showers, Water, Pool, Tent Sites, RV Hookups, Electricity, Playground, Pets Allowed, Service and Repair, Store, and Laundry Facilities.

Rickwood Caverns State Park Website / Facebook
Restrooms, Showers, Water, Pool, Tent Sites, RV Hookups, power, Playground, Pets Allowed.

FAMILY FRIENDLY VENUES 

Froggy’s Family Fun Center Website / Facebook
Froggy’s Family Fun Center is open for private parties but open play times as well.  Froggy’s also offers After School Care and Summer Camp.

Great Pumpkin PatcWebsite / Facebook
Nestled in beautiful Hayden, AL, The Great Pumpkin Patch, is one of Blount County’s favorite attractions. Open from mid-September through Halloween, visitors can enjoy a covered wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to select the perfect pumpkin, enjoy a train or pony ride, climb the hay mountain, and enjoy arts and crafts and live entertainment. Larger groups can even enjoy The Great Pumpkin Patch at night.

Hayden’s Family Complex Website / Facebook
24-hour access to gym, personal training, tanning, scheduled child care, gymnastics and cheer, birthday parties, team and church events, after school care!

Hill View Farms Website / Facebook
This is a working blackberry farm with rough hiking trails for the adventurous and rocking chairs on the front porch for those who think fresh-ground gourmet coffee is all the excitement they need.  Bed and Breakfast on site, also.

Mountain Groves Stables Website / Facebook
Mountain Grove Stables is a 70 acre haven for horses located in Blountsville, AL. The owner, a champion barrel racer, offers lessons to all ages and experience levels. With a full size arena and 2 round pens, Mountain Grove Stables is host to three riding shows a year and a wonderful boarding experience for owners and enthusiasts.

Rickwood Caverns State Park Website / Facebook
Experience the thrill of Rickwood’s miracle mile of underground caverns! The 260 million-year-old limestone formations, blind cave fish and underground pool are just a few of the natural wonders exhibited in the colorful cavern. The park features an Olympic-size swimming pool, picnic area, large and small picnic shelter, hiking trails, playground, campground and gift shop.

Shar-Itt Petting Farm Website / Facebook
Shar-Itt Petting Farm Foundation is a fun and safe animal educational experience for children and adults. We will be a non- profit organization focused on the rehabilitation and care of animals in need. We will also begin classes in therapeutic activities and riding for children and adults. We offer Animal Health Care, Safety and Riding Lessons now. We offer a variety of fun activities for everyone: Tours of the Farm, admission $5.00, Trail Rides $20.00, Summer Day Camp, Birthday Parties, Family Reunions, School Field trips, Nativity Scenes.

Spring Valley Beach Water Park  Website / Facebook
Spring Valley Beach is one of Alabama’s favorite summer destinations. With 10 waterslides, a kid’s area, and a 2-acre pool Spring Valley Beach has something for everyone. Rent a pavilion or gazebo for a party and take advantage of our group rates for your next event.

Genealogy and Heritage

Cemeteries in Blount County
Cemeteries can be an important resource for gathering genealogical information. Tombstone inscriptions and plot placement s can lead to new information about your ancestors. Tombstones sometimes tell more than just a name and date of death. They can also include valuable genealogical information, including a birth date and place, a maiden name (sometimes listed as a middle name), name of a spouse or parents, and military involvement. Also, Plot placement can also be important to note. When visiting an ancestor’s gravesite, be sure to look at nearby tombstones. You may discover the burial locations of other ancestors, or even ancestors you had not known about previously.

Churches in Blount County
The United States is a country of religious diversity. Unlike many other countries, there has been no “state church,” except for a few periods in some of the early colonies.  Church records in the United States began in the early 1600s. Unfortunately, the United States did not require a civil registration or recording of births, marriages, and deaths until into the 20th Century. Sometimes church records are the only records containing birth, marriage and death about individuals. Therefore, they are a valuable substitute when vital records do not exist.

Historic LANDMARKS

Alabama Historical Markers   website
The Alabama Historical Association, a private organization of people interested in Alabama’s past, has been helping individuals and local groups commemorate the state’s history by sponsoring the placing of historical markers for more than 60 years. The Association’s Marker Committee seeks to attest to a site’s historic importance and to ensure that marker texts are accurate.  

Blount Springs

Blountsville

Blountsville Court Square Timeline

Ebenezer Hearn 1794-1862

Federal Raid

Gabriel Hanby, 1786-1826

Locust Fork

George Powell – Nectar

National Register of Historic Places  Website
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.  There are three historical places on the National Register in west Blount County.  

Robert G. Griffith House

Nectar Covered Bridge (burned in 1993)

Swann Covered Bridge

MUSEUMS

Blount County Memorial Museum (Oneonta)  Website / Facebook
The Blount County Memorial Museum is a one stop shop for anyone looking for information on the rich history that lives in Blount County. From Civil War history to covered bridges, the history will be found here. The museum houses archives and records on Alabama families that make it a destination for genealogists and family historians.

Blountsville Historical Park Website / Facebook
This park has on display some of the finest log cabins in existence today.  Most of the buildings have period furnishings and have been restored.

Recreational Activities

Locust Fork River Website / Facebook – canoeing, kayaking, rafting 

A Simple Guide to Paddling the Locust Fork

Section 1. Float Trip. Beautiful Carolina Silver Bell Trees in Spring. Put in at Stracener Bridge on county road 14. Take out just below highway 26 bridge. Taylor Ford on Taylor Ford Road is also a possible takeout.

Section 2. Whitewater. Experienced only. Beautiful Scenery, bluffs, waterfall, class 2 and above rapids. Put in just below highway 26 bridge or Taylor Ford. Take out highway 231/79 bridge.

Section 3. Whitewater. Experienced only. Breathtaking scenery, narrow section with high bluff walls. Difficult rapids, up to class 4. Put in 231/79 bridge. Take out Swann covered bridge.

Section 4. Whitewater. Experienced only. Gorgeous scenery. 8-foot waterfall. Large canyon walls. Difficult rapids, class 2 and above. Put in Swann covered bridge. Take out 160 bridge (difficult) or Nectar bridge.

Section 5. Float trip. Relaxing. Small shoals. Put in Highway 160 bridge. Take out highway 13 bridge.

Section 6. Float trip. Pretty wildflowers. Small shoals. Put in highway 13 bridge. Take out Blaylock bridge.

Whitewater Rapids

 CLASS I – Float   CLASS II – NOVICE   CLASS III – IMMEDIATE   CLASS IV – ADVANCED    CLASS V – EXPERT    CLASS VI – EXTREME 

ClassName of RapidsLength

IV-III Chitwood Creek 3.2 miles

III Mill Creek 0.5 mile

III Graves Creek 1.5 mile

III-II Nectar Bridge 7.0 miles

III-II   Calvert Prong 2.2 miles

III- I   Mulberry 11.5 miles

III- I   Locust Fork 10.0 miles

III- I Blackburn Fork 4.2 miles

II- I   Mulberry Fork 10.8 miles

Fishing website

In total, there are 517 bodies of water in Blount County, including 7 Lakes, 382 Rivers & Streams, and 67 Reservoirs. The most common species of fish found in these bodies of water are Largemouth Bass, Bream, Bluegill, Smallmouth Bass, Pickerel, Rainbow Trout, Striped Bass, Warmouth, White Perch, and Perch.  Click the website above to the bodies of water in Blount County.

Where To Purchase Your Recreational Licenses

Golf

Limestone Springs website / Facebook
The 225-acre golf course flows through the Appalachian Mountains in Oneonta. The 18-hole championship course was designed by US Open winner, Jerry Pate and is one of the Top 5 golf courses in Alabama. The course also offers lodging, dining, and a pro shop, making it the perfect place to host your next tournament.

Heritage Golf website / Facebook
Heritage Golf, a residential course located in Oneonta, AL is a one-of-a-kind, 18-hole course. Heritage is host to five Junior golf teams from five Blount County schools and is a great course for golfers of all ages. Heritage Golf is the perfect place to host your next tournament or event or just enjoy a round of golf with friends.

Hunting

Trails

Wildlife Viewing

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