Huntsville has really made a name for its self over the last few years. Being named the third best place to live in the country, along with a whirlwind of growth, the staycation vibes are getting stronger every day. Even so, we can all use a change of scenery, and road trips are one the best ways to escape and discover something new.
The next time you get the urge to hit the road, check out one of our favorite unexpected adventures from Huntsville.
Jackson County, Alabama
While we were somewhat familiar with Scottsboro before our trip, we had no idea there were so many hidden gems in the area. Jackson County packs a hefty punch from our first stop at Russell Cave National Monument, where the boys earned their first Jr. Ranger badge, to our Kayaking Cave Adventure!
Also in the area is the Scottsboro Boys Museum, which tells the story of their case and how it helped spark the Civil Rights Movement, Sauta Cave Wildlife Refuge, where you can watch bats emerge, and Paynes Historic Soda Fountain.
This road trip isn’t much of a drive and is great for those looking for a last-minute getaway.
Approximately 67 miles from Atlanta is the town of LaGrange, Georgia. It’s home to beautiful hiking trails, an animal safari, and Great Wolf Lodge. The resort is home to an indoor water park that features various water slides, thrill rides, a wave pool, an outdoor pool, and a large splash zone. We made plans to check out more of the area offerings, but GWL kept us busy for our entire weekend stay.
Included with your stay are complimentary wolf ears and themed dance parties throughout each evening. Both are great additions to an already fun experience. While LaGrange has plenty to do, the resort itself is somewhat secluded. I love that everything you need is available on site, so once you’re there, you can stay!
If you’re planning a more extended adventure, be sure to check out their dryland offerings. You can rock climb, play mini-golf, bowling, and magi quest for an additional fee. All activities would make for a nice break from the water when needed.
Kentucky Lakes / Prizer Point KOA Recreation
Not all campgrounds are equal, and that’s ok, but we prefer the ones with pretty views, excellent amenities, and lots of options for outdoor recreation. That’s precisely what Prizer Point KOA campground offers, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed in making a trip.
Camping options range from full RV hookups to cabin rentals and everything else in between. With so many options, we had a hard time choosing what to do during our visit. But the selling point for us was the cleanliness of the grounds and all of the included activities such as kayaks and paddleboards, pedal boats, an inflatable water park, multiple pools, and playgrounds.
Being surrounded by beautiful lake tops off the stay at Prizer lake, making for a truly, memorable camping experience.
Each of these road trips is less than 4 hours from Huntsville, so be sure to add them to your list of places to visit next time you need a quick getaway.
Zenovia is a two time graduate of Alabama A&M University where she earned a B.S. and M.S. in Biology. A former Regulatory Affairs Specialist in the Pharmaceutical Industry, She currently works from home as a Regional Project Coordinator and is the mom to 3 extraordinary boys.