There's all kinds of things to do here in Blount County. We have nature, festivals, farms, fishing, kayaking, food, shopping...whew! And that's just the beginning. Plan a visit and we'll make sure you aren't disappointed.
Here are a few suggestions. We could go on for days.
Palisades Park: Nestled in the foothills of the Southern Appalachians, the 100 acre Palisades Park is a rare gem. Blount county's “best kept secret” offers residents and visitors plenty of activity to make a full day excursion. Picnicking is made easy with access to pavilions, rock tables, and grills. The playground is great for young ones while those that want to try out their rock climbing skills can enjoy the 1,300 foot elevation and a quarter mile of bluff side climbing. Palisades Park offers lodges, cabins, a rock amphitheater, and a meditation chapel making it the perfect destination for families and events. Check out or visit the park on Facebook for more information.
Our Covered Bridges: Blount county is home to three historical covered bridges, Horton Mill, Swann, and Easley located within a 7.5 mile radius. All three bridges were built between 1920 and 1930 by Blount county resident and employee, Zelmer Tidwell. The Horton Mill bridge was restored in the 1970s and earned a coveted spot on the National Register of Historical Places. Check out their Facebook page for more information or contact the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce.
Blountsville Historical Park & Society: The Blountsville Historical Park is home to beautiful and freshly restored log cabins and was awarded the 2016 Small Town Preservation Award. Come check out the Facebook page or visit their website for photos and information about upcoming events.
Spring Valley Beach: 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. Visit Facebook and the website for more information.
River Beach Outfitters: Located in Snead, AL, River Beach Outfitters sits on the Locust Fork River and is the premiere rental company for river fun. Rent canoes or kayaks for a full day of fun on the river and have the staff shuttle you to the drop in point. Primitive camping and fishing are also available through River Beach. Check out their Facebook page or their website for pricing and more information.
Friends of the Locust Fork River: The Friends of the Locust Fork River exists to preserve and promote one of the largest tributaries to the Black Warrior River and is located in Blount County. The website will keep you up to date on river conditions and events associated with or on the Locust Fork River. Check out the website or the Facebook page for photos, events, and more information.
Mountain Grove Stables: 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. For rates, photos, and more information, check out the website or visit Facebook.
Blount County-Oneonta Agribusiness Center: The Blount County-Oneonta Agribusiness Center is the largest, multi-purpose venue in the Blount County area and plays host to several events throughout the year. Residents and visitors can enjoy the county fair, beauty pageants, the rodeo, farmer's markets and so much more. The facility can be rented for weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, and other private events. For more information on events or to book the facility, visit their website or check them out on Facebook.
Boogie Bottoms: 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. Visit their website for more information.
L & N Railroad Depot: Until 1951, the L & N Railroad Depot served as Oneonta's primary train depot and in 1977, the building was moved to the Oneonta Recreational Park from its' original location in downtown Oneonta. The 118 year old structure was renovated in 2000 and now serves as an event space available for rent. Please visit their website for more information.
June Fling: The first Saturday in June is welcomed by the June Fling hosted by the Oneonta Business Association. Downtown businesses feature sales, food and craft vendors converge, activities for kids are offered, and patrons can enjoy and antique car show. Visit their website for more information.
Covered Bridge Arts & Music Fest: For more than 30 years, the Covered Bridge Festival has been one of Blount Counties most beloved events. The October festival brings residents and visitors together for a 5k, a pancake breakfast, river walks, arts, crafts, music, and more. For more information and vendor applications, visit their website or Facebook page.
Community Arts Council: Established in 1986, the Community Arts Council was formed to represent performing, literary, and visual arts in Blount County. The council brings a full variety of events to the area that include opera, summer camps, stage plays, and a Halloween experience. All of the Community Arts Council's efforts are made possible through community volunteers and donors. Visit the website or Facebook page.
Neely Arts Center: The Neely Arts Center, located in Oneonta, was opened as the “Neely Theater” in 1946 and is now home to a music store and recording studio. The Neely Arts Center is the premiere location for visual art and music lessons. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
The Great Pumpkin Patch: 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. Visit the website or check out Facebook for more information.
Blount County Memorial Museum: 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 geneologists and family historians. For membership information and more visit their website or Facebook page.
Limestone Springs: 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. Visit their website or Facebook page for more information and tee times.
Heritage Golf: 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. Visit their website or Facebook for more information.
Rickwood Caverns: If you’re looking for a fun and exciting destination to cool down this summer, pack up the family and take off to Rickwood Caverns State Park in Warrior, Ala., just north of Birmingham. The main attraction is the guided cave tour. Rickwood Caverns State Park also offers a gift shop, picnicking, gemstone mining, camping, playground, and hiking the Fossil Mountain Hiking Trail, which got its name from the leaf and seashell imprints visible in some of the rocks. The park features an Olympic-size swimming pool, fed by chilly waters from the cave. There’s also a kiddie pool. For more information visit their website.