Back to Our Roots

Back to Our Roots

Who says you can't travel back in time? It feels that way every time I go back to my small hometown in the rural mountains of northern Alabama. 

I graduated during the "MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice" days of old and a lot has changed since then. But even with the changes, I see memories around every corner... racing around in my (spray-painted) white '76 Camaro, gathering with friends at the local Tonka, camping out along the river, and enjoying many a cold, uh, Dr. Pepper.

We went home a few weeks ago to watch my nephews play in their homecoming football game at my high school alma mater. It was exciting to watch (especially those tackles made by my nephew!) and a treat to hug friends that I haven't seen in ages. Definitely a moment of present day time travel.

Beyond the faces and places of home, I connect to a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the landscape and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors every time I visit... hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems that I took for granted in my formative years. 

Here are a few of my Blount County, Alabama favorites to add to your adventure plans:

  • Kayak or raft the Black Warrior river. 
Blountsville, Alabama river
  • Catch the sunrise, enjoy a picnic, and take a hike at Palisades Park.
Palisades Park, Blountsville, Alabama
  • Rickwood Caverns are awe-inspiring. Descend 175 feet below the earth's surface for a one mile cave tour!
Rickwood Caverns in Alabama is a must see!
Covered bridges abound in Blount County, Alabama

So much to explore in Blount County, Alabama

There is so much more to explore in this beautiful place... this place that will always be home no matter how far I roam.

Tell us about the hidden gems in your hometown. Where should we visit?


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Yes, ell said Alex. I can agree with you since myself have also moved away from Blount County a few years ago. Going home is like going back to a time of less worries and many quite moments of just being young in our small country back roads!!!

Joanna Boyes

Hey Christine, yes Operation “Get in Free” was no a success but makes a great story all these years later!

Alex Putman

Enjoyed this Alex. Hate I missed you when you came in town. I may or may not have 1st hand knowledge of Operation Get In Free.

Christine Teal

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