Alabama beauty begins here at home

When al.com’s Tamika Moore recognized that “Alabama is filled with natural wonders, hidden gems, and charming towns, all packed with fascinating history,” she set out to find some of the state’s most beautiful places based on reader suggestions, and then she documented them on Instagram at This is Alabama.

And, of the 31 “beautiful places” that made her list, three are located right here at home in Childersburg and another in our neighborhood:

Tamika Moore | tmoore@al.com

Kymulga Grist Mill Park and Covered Bridge – The very first suggestion she received was the Kymulga Grist Mill Park and Covered Bridge near Childersburg, “It is a tranquil park off the beaten path. Both structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and date back to the to the Civil War. The park itself is home to some of the largest white oak trees east of the Mississippi River and has over two miles of nature trails. You can camp and canoe there as well.

Tamika Moore | tmoore@al.com

“If you go, make sure you stop by the Country Store for grits, souvenirs and snacks and check out some neat artifacts.
Website: http://www.kymulgagristmill.com/
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Wednesday through Sunday
Admission: $3 (Proceeds are used to maintain the structures park) “

Tamika Moore | tmoore@al.com

DeSoto Caverns – “Located nearby is Childersburg’s DeSoto Caverns, an amazing underground world with a rich history. The Cathedral Room, the main room of the cave, is as long as a football field and 12 stories high. The caverns have some of the most concentrated accumulations of onyx-marble stalagmites in the country and they are still growing. Fun fact: The temperature inside the cave is about 60°F year-round, making it a cool place to escape the summer heat.

Tamika Moore | tmoore@al.com

“There’s a laser light and water show on every tour. In addition to the cave, you’ll find plenty of “wacky” family-friendly attractions. The park campground has free wireless internet and full hookups.
Website: https://www.desotocavernspark.com
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m – 5:30 p.m; Sunday: 1:00 to 5:30 p.m
Admission: Prices for the cave tour are $22.99 for adults”

Tamika Moore | tmoore@al.com

Coosa River – “While in Childersburg, take a few minutes to stop by the Coosa River. Hernando de Soto explored the area in 1540.
Website: http://www.childersburg.org/”

Joe Songer | jsonger@al.com

Cheaha State Park – “Cheaha State Park is Alabama’s highest point.
More info here: http://www.al.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2016/09/cheaha_state_park_amazing_vist.html

Check out the rest of Alabama’s most beautiful spots at: http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2017/06/alabamas_most_beautiful_places.html

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