23 counties across the mid-section of Alabama are better known to locals as the Black Belt. This area between the Appalachian foothills and the Coastal Plain has become popular to tourists for many reasons, but there are a few standouts. Here’s what we’ve found when exploring Alabama’s beautiful Black Belt.
The great outdoors
Whether your outdoor passion lies in hunting and fishing, adventure sports or leisurely days around a fire, the Black Belt has it all.
Its fertile earth offers the best hunting in the entire Southeast region, “providing legendary deer hunts, exploding bobwhite coveys, plentiful gobblers on the roost, and snarly wild boars.” The fishing is exceptional as well whether you’re just beginning or are an expert sportsman, or sportswoman. Its fisheries include Lake Eufaula (known as the bass capital of the world), Miller’s Ferry Reservoir on the Alabama River and the Black Warrior River that boast world-class lunker bass, slab crappie, monster catfish, and few fly-fishing streams.
Outside (literally) of hunting and fishing the Black Belt is a paradise for all outdoor enthusiasts. Jump in the water by canoe or raft, feed your adrenaline while zip lining, bike, hike or RV. There are six Alabama State Parks within the region whether you’re looking for primitive campsites, full, or partial hookups for your camper.
So, whether you have an affinity for game, the sights and sounds of crackling fall leaves or just want to observe the scenery; your next adventure outdoors awaits in Alabama’s Black Belt.
Flavors of the region
“When life hands you dirt plant seeds.” Philosopher and Author, Matshona Dhliwayo
Quoted from a previous story from SoulGrown on the Flavors of the Black Belt trail, the fact remains true. Foodies with a passion for supporting local Alabama growers will find the Black Belt is heaven for this kind of manna. Participate in the full trail for an all-inclusive experience as you make stops to discover the regions culture and history while tasting its delicious homegrown treats. All of the goodies featured along the trail have been baked, brewed, butchered, canned, distilled, pickled, roasted, and smoked just for you by the people who call the Black Belt home.
Immersed in culture and creativity
You and yours are invited to stay a little bit longer during your visit to Alabama’s Black Belt. While you may have stopped by for the outdoors or the local flavor, the people who make up the region offer outlets of creativity that are worth your extra time!
If you are an art lover, Alabama Black Belt Adventure’s assures you that “from the beginnings of the civil rights movement to the country crooners, to literary giants, and our multi-talented artists (both visually and performing), you’ll soon know why we cherish our home and are eager to share it with you.”
It’s history and heritage cover National Historic Landmarks that pay homage to the civil rights movement and is home to the Moundville Archeological Park, Alabama’s most well-known Native American historical site.
Music and literature also find their home in Alabama’s Black Belt from the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, AL to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival down the road. Other famous authors with a presence in the Black Belt include Harper Lee, Truman Capote, and the Fitzgeralds.
You can enjoy a unique stay at the Historic Bama Bed & Breakfast or something more traditional like Hotel Capstone. Regardless, you’ll be met with hospitality from her people as you tour art gallery’s such as The Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery or eat at new up and coming restaurants like Ravello.
Explore more of what Alabama’s Black Belt has to offer and start planning your stay by visiting their newly designed website: https://alabamablackbeltadventures.org or by following Alabama Black Belt Adventures on Instagram and Facebook.
We will see you there!