The plunging ridges, winding rivers and forested hilltops of the lower Appalachians create a fantastic natural landscape for all to enjoy, the Mountain Region has many excellent parks that allow the public to take in the great beauty that surrounds us.
The focal point of Joe Wheeler State Park is the wood and stone lodge set against the deep waters of First Creek. The lodge contains 75 guest rooms, an outdoor pool and a full-service restaurant. Visitors to the park will also find an 18-hloel golf course, boating on the Tennessee River (with a marina on First Creek), hiking trails, cabins and a campground. Located near Rogersville, the park is perfect for a serene getaway.
The gaping entrance to Cathedral Caverns stretches 126 feet wide and 25 feet high. The inside of the caverns are even more impressive, with towering columns of stalagmites and incredible rock formations throughout the underground canyon. The cavern is open for tours year round, and maintains a 60-degree temperature that makes visits comfortable no matter how cold the weather outside is.
A 2,000-acre nature lover's dream! Hidden away in a natural pocket of the Appalachian Mountain, the unique location offers picnickers a grand view of a canyon rim. Located on an upstream tributary of Lake Guntersville, there is an updated campground with the comfort of grills, shelters, comfort stations and a playground.
The campground has 78 woodland campsites with a variety of utility hook-up options. Other accommodations include rustic cabins, A-frame chalet and even a small motel. The lodge's dining room serves up American favorites. For those who love water, Desoto has a seasonal Olympic size swimming pool. The park also contains nearly 12 miles of hiking trails. Events at the park include Wildflower Saturday, the Fall Color Peak and the highly popular 400-mile Yard Sale.
The "Mountain of Health" rises more than 1600 feet above sea level just east of Huntsville. Visitors have been coming to the park since the mid 1820's. In the 1930's, 11 stone cabins were developed, all of which are still in use today. A stone lodge built at the time was destroyed by fire in 1947, but reconstruction of the building completed in 2004. Along with the new lodge, visitors will find new cabins, a pavilion and a campground consisting of 89 improved camping sites. This park also includes over 20 miles of hiking trails through the woods and an 8-mile mountain bike trail.