Ave Maria Grotto
Named to the National Register of Historic Places, the Ave Maria Grotto was built by Brother Joseph Zoettle over a period of 40 years on the grounds of Alabama’s first and only Benedictine Abbey. The 3-acre site consists of more than 125 miniature reproductions of famous churches, shrines and buildings.
Open April-September, 9 AM – 6 PM
October – March 9 AM – 5 PM.
Admission, Group Rates Available.
Clarkson Covered Bridge
One of Alabama’s largest covered truss bridges and the site of the 1863 Battle of Hog Mountain. Named to the National Register of Historic Places, the bridge is the centerpiece of a public park spanning a shallow creek surrounded by hiking trails and picnic grounds. Open daily
FREE, groups welcome
Crooked Creek Civil War Museum Site
One of the battles between the troops of Confederate General Forrest and Union Colonel Streight, the Museum is part of the Forrest/ Streight Trail. Housed in an a old log cabin, the Museum features displays of numerous authentic Civil War memorabilia including uniforms, currency and other items.
Bed & Breakfast available.
Open 7 days a week from 9:00AM-5:00PM.
Cullman County Agricultural Center
The Ag Center is the focal point of many music events , sports competitions, far exhibitions and family activities for a four-county area. A sampling of events include rodeos; dog agility shows; bluegrass and gospel festivals; Racking, Walking and Quarter Horse shows; 4-H events; outdoor exhibitions and Boer goat shows.
This Pueblo style stucco building has been designated a historical landmark by the National Register of Historical Places, and serves as the offices for United Way of Cullman County. The lobby contains displays of vintage railroad related items. The Depot was restored from 1994-1997 by the Citizens of Cullman County and the City of Cullman with the help of the Alabama Historical Commission and Alabama Department of Transportation.
FREE, Groups available
Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center
Features an outdoor water park with 2 large water slides, lazy river, water play area, 8 lane outdoor competition pool, 6 lane indoor competition pool, full fitness center with state of the art equipment, indoor rubberized walking track, Whirlpool spa, saunas, indoor leisure pool, and much more!
Evelyn Burrow Museum of Wallace State College
The collection began 64 years ago and includes thousands of rare and unique items, some from the Smithsonian Institute. On display are 97 rare pieces of Dresden porcelain, fine antique glassware,antique furniture and a host of other collectibles. The owners honor their World Champion horse, a Tennessee Walker named Ebony’s Leading Lady, with one of the world’s largest horse statue collections. The $9 million collection was donated to Wallace State Community College in 2004.
FREE, groups welcome!
Garden City River Walk
Located along the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River, the park features a walking trail, pavilion, and canoe launch.
Open year round.
The cornerstone of Cullman’s city parks, the 70-acre complex offers five lighted championship softball fields with underground dugouts and phones, soccer fields, picnic shelters, multipurpose fields, outdoor basketball courts, pavilions, children’s playgrounds, 1.5 mile lighted paved fitness trail, water play area,
and recognition garden.
Cullman County has many historic sites for visitors to the area to enjoy. There are several sites registered on the National Trust for Historic Sites in Washington, D.C. — the Crane Hill Masonic Lodge, Shady Grove Methodist Church, The Green-Owens House and The Stiefelmeyer Building. Other nationally registered sites include Clarkson Covered Bridge, Ave Maria Grotto and the L&N Railroad Depot.
There are three historic districts in the City of Cullman — the downtown business district, the residential district of “Die Deutsche Kolonie Von Nord Alabama” (The German Colony of North Alabama) which consists of mostly Victorian type architecture and the Betz Addition Historic District which is composed of 72 residential structures dating from the 1800s.
For more information contact the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce.
Hurricane Creek Park
The scenic park is a registered Treasure Forest and features hiking & mountain biking trails with amazing natural beauty, a bridge over a crystal clear creek, seasonal waterfalls, hanging cliffs, rock climbing, shady picnic areas and Site: 32 on the North Alabama Birding Trail. The hike takes you from the top of the cliffs to the valley below.
Open Fri 12 PM-sunset; Sat 9 AM-sunset; Sun 1 PM-sunset
North Alabama Birding Trail
For millions of years, the Tennessee River has cut its way through the Cumberland Plateau carving the Tennessee Valley, one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the south. Dense woodlands and rich waters contribute to a natural diversity of birds and other wildlife.
This year the area became home to the North Alabama Birding Trail, one of America’s newest bird watching trails. The trail features 50 designated stations, many with a developed kiosk, that allows visitors to observe a rich diversity of feathered friends.
The trail is offered in three loops – the Central Loop, the Northeast Loop and the Northwest Loop – that encompasses stops from the Georgia to Mississippi borders.
Cullman area Birding Site, Central Loop:
Trail Site 32:
Hurricane Creek Park — Kiosk Site
GPS Coordinates: N 34.2860, W 86.8950
Contact: Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce/Hurricane Creek Park
Phone: (256) 734-0454 or (800) 313-5114/(256) 734-2125
Directions: From the intersection of Interstate-65 and US Hwy 31 near Lacon, Ala., take Exit 318 and drive south on Hwy 31 South for 2.2 miles to the park entrance on the left.
Description: Hurricane Creek Park is known for its scenic deep canyon, which is heavily wooded with mature hardwoods. The park offers a number of trails, leading birders through a landscape crisscrossed by streams and waterfalls. As you walk the trails, listen for Red-eyed Vireos and Great Crested Flycatchers among the numerous Northern Cardinals and Carolina Chickadees. Peer through the canopy for Red-tailed and Red-shouldered hawks soaring high overhead. During the winter, White-breasted Nuthatches and Yellow-rumped Warblers join the cardinals and chickadees, while almost anything could appear during migration.
For a trail map and brochure, contact the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau at (256) 734-0454 or (800) 313-5114 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of our Lady of the Angels Monastery
Built by Mother Angelica and located in the City of Hanceville, it is the home of the Poor Clare nuns of the Perpetual Adoration. It is modeled after European 13th century monasteries with both Spanish and Italian influences. The monastery features stained glass windows from Germany, building stone from Canada, marble pillars and inlaid marble designs from Italy, roofing tiles from Columbia, South America, carved stonework decorations from artisans in Spain, and the main altar area is made of carved cedar covered in gold leaf. The Monastery Chapel and grounds are open to the public from 6 AM until 6 PM, Masses are held daily at 7 AM with confessions heard directly following the mass.
Gift Shop is Open 8 AM – 5 PM Monday – Saturday.
FREE, Groups Welcome.
Smith Lake impounds approximately 21,000 acres with over 500 miles of shores, primarily in Cullman and Winston counties. It is a deep, clear lake with dozens of different feeder streams, winding bays and sloughs. Steep bluffs cradle much of the lake, with water depths dropping as deep as 60 or 70 feet just a few yards offshore. Access to the lake is easy from Cullman via Alabama Highway 69.
Smith Lake Park
Over 500 miles of shoreline for camping, and 21,000 acres of clear water for sport fishing, skiing, and boating are all accessible from Smith Lake Park. This back-to-nature park offers 200-plus tent and RV campsites, cabins, a swimming pool (in season), spiral waterslide and lake swimming, picnic area, pavillions and special events throughout the summer.
Sportsman Lake Park
Situated within the Cullman city limits, the park offers a small-scale train which goes along the shore of the lake, fishing, a mini-Ferris wheel and a carousel, mini-golf, pedal boats, picnic area and pavillions.
Stony Lonesome OHV Park
1,456+ acre park that features numerous trails of varying difficulty for ATV’s, rock crawlers, dirt bikes, mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, and more and is the only public motorized vehicle trail system in the state of Alabama.
Open year round 8am-dusk.
Cullman’s oldest home is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage and the National Registry of Historical Places.
Open by appointment – (256) 739-1258