Wish you could spend a relaxing day hanging around in the shade in a nice hammock? Residents in and around Tuscaloosa and Northport, Alabama are surrounded by amazing parks that offer serene escapes to “hammock around” in for a lazy afternoon. Check out these locations and grab your hammock for a relaxing day out!
Lake Nicol, located in Tuscaloosa, is known for their clear water and beautiful wooded park. The park doesn’t only attract townsfolk and students who want to relax in a hammock. It also brings in rare birds, such as Bald Eagles, that are often seen flying overhead! Plus, there are amazing cliffs at Lake Nicole that offer gorgeous views!
The Riverwalk is located near downtown Tuscaloosa, giving you incredible seclusion in nature without having to venture too far from the city. There are plenty of “hammock-friendly” trees at the Riverwalk along with benches, gazebos, and a splash pad for anyone wanting to cool off a bit!
The University of Alabama Arboretum
If part of your lazy, hammock-filled day includes bird watching, the University of Alabama Arboretum is the place to go! The University Arboretum lays on 60 acres of land that is home to many woodland songbirds. Even if you aren’t up for bird watching, you can lay back in your hammock and just let them sing you a nature lullaby as you let everything else fall away. If you want to get up and explore a bit, there are two-mile trials and two greenhouses to explore!
Lake Lurleen State Park
Lake Lurleen State Park, located just a few miles northwest of Tuscaloosa and Northport, covers over 1,600 acres of land and 250 acres of lake. This park truly has something for everyone to enjoy. It offers trails for hikers and bikers, as well as a nature center, fishing, swimming, and a beach. If you want to stay a while, Lake Lurleen State Park has 91 modern campsites conveniently located to modern and well-kept bath houses. You can spend the whole weekend in your hammock if you want at Lake Lurleen!
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
Tannehill Historical State Park is a little farther away from Tuscaloosa and Northport than the other parks mentioned. However, it is rich with history and well worth a visit. It has more than 1,500 acres and spans across three counties in Alabama. This park is ideal for camping, hiking, and many other outdoor events. Plus, many historical buildings and machines date back to Alabama’s 19th-century iron industry in the park. The entire park and all the events held there throughout the year pay tribute to the industry that helped the greater Birmingham area grow into what it is today. You can find this Historical State Park less than an hour drive from Tuscaloosa. So, pack up your vehicle and head out for some fun!
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