Cabins near Huntsville

From mountains to lakes to outer space, explore it all in this Alabama city.

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Cabins near Huntsville guide


Home to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and known as "Rocket City," Huntsville in Northern Alabama is famous for space history. But the city is also an excellent spot for nature lovers thanks to its location in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and near national forests. It’s close to several beloved state parks and miles of hiking and biking trails that offer stunning views of the Tennessee River Valley. Camping options range from traditional tent camping sites with picnic tables and fire rings to RV camping and RV parks with full hookups. Fishing, boating, and swimming are popular on the Flint and Tennessee Rivers and nearby lakes.

Where to go

Huntsville Surrounds

It's easy to get outdoors in Huntsville without even leaving because there are camping sites within the city limits. Go hiking, biking, rock climbing, or explore the extensive cave system at Monte Sano State Park, and then take advantage of the picnic areas at lunchtime. Go paddling in the Flint River, or back-in to Ditto Landing to launch a boat into the Tennessee River. And although it's not necessarily a nature experience, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, with its virtual reality programs and simulators, is a must-visit attraction for any visitor to Huntsville.

Lake Guntersville State Park

About an hour southeast of Huntsville lies Alabama's largest lake, which is ideal for boating, fishing, and swimming. Hiking and biking trails meander through this state park's forests and along the lake's shoreline. At the same time, anglers can rent a boat and catch abundant bass, catfish, and crappie. Those seeking more adrenaline-fueled adventures can go zip-lining or explore an aerial course. The beach area, which is perfect for sunbathing, also has picnic tables for gathering with friends and family.

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Take a 30-minute trip southwest on I-565 to explore this wintering area for migratory birds. Covering 35,000 acres, it provides a great diversity of habitats for wildlife, such as waterfowl, cranes, deer, and amphibians. Hikers and bikers will enjoy exploring the miles of trails, while anglers can rent a boat or bring their own to catch bass, catfish, and crappie. Visitors can also enjoy the lake's serene waters by kayaking, paddleboarding, or swimming.

Little River Canyon National Preserve

In the rugged terrain of northeastern Alabama, the preserve is home to one of the deepest canyons east of the Mississippi River. Find hiking trails leading to breathtaking waterfalls and natural pools. The river also allows for kayaking and fishing. In addition to its natural beauty, the preserve has evidence of early human habitation dating back over 10,000 years. Picnic areas are also available if you need to take a rest.

When to go

Huntsville's mild climate makes it a year-round destination for nature lovers. The most pleasant weather occurs during spring and fall, from April to October. Summers can be hot and humid, but visitors can beat the heat with water sports like swimming, kayaking, and fishing. Winters can be cold, but instances of warm weather make hiking and biking possible at nearby state parks. The best time to visit Huntsville depends on personal preferences and your favorite activities.

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