Events and areas available for recreation and leisure are what many think make Blount County a truly wonderful and unique place to live! But Blount County’s best resource isn’t it’s covered bridges, it’s scenic rolling mountains, it’s closely manicured golf courses, or even it’s covered bridges — Blount’s best resources are it’s people!
And those neighbors, whether right next door or two miles down the road, are what makes the Qualify of Life in BlountCounty, second to none!
Palisades Park was selected as one of 30 north Alabama sites to appear on the National Geographic Tourism map, just one of the many awards the park has received in recent years.
Admission is free to the walking and hiking trails, rappelling, playground, pioneer village, picnic areas, amphitheater, and more. Several buildings or various sizes are available for small fees to accommodate meetings, family reunions, wedding receptions and more.
The historic Daniel Murphree cabin was moved there in the early 1970’s and was the home of one of Blount’s earliest settlers. It is fully furnished and restored and sits amongst an old school house, corn crib, barn, and other outbuildings.
Located on Palisades/ Ebell Mountain (turn off U.S. 231between Oneonta and Rosa) an afternoon sitting in a swing overlooking the valley below is ample illustration of why five families are moving to Blount County each day!
Limestone Springs and Heritage Golf Courses (both located in Oneonta) are both listed in the top 16 golf courses in the area by the Birmingham Business Journal. Heritage is an 18 hole, 71 par golf course. Limestone Springs was designed by U.S. Open winner Jerry Pate and sits amongst the limestone outcroppings from which it garnered its name.
Plantation Golf, between Cleveland and Hayden, provides neatly manicured tees along a soothing riverbank while Whispering Pines atop Straight Mountain and Whippoorwill Golf in the Susan Moore area provide challenges for all levels of golfing talents.
Spring Valley Beach
Blountsville’s Spring Valley Beach was Alabama’s First Aquatic Theme Park and continues to upgrade and provide new features each year, such as the two newest — and thrilling — water slides.
Locally owned, it is fed by a crystal-clear underground aquifer that supplies quality water to large swimming areas and other water features. There’s also shaded picnic areas, snack bars, and much more.
Freeman Historical Park
The Civil War Reenactments, held the first weekend of May each year in Blountsville, centers activities around the Freeman Historical Park, which is open during many other weekends throughout the year. The Historical Park there features an early“calaboose” as well as the historic Brooksville Post Office which was built in the 1890’s and closed in 1966.
Blountsville Harvest Festival
Blountsville’s annual Harvest Festival in October brings in vendors from around the southeast and includes children’s activities and a huge parade that is a “don’t miss” event.
The Oneonta Business Association sponsors its Spring Fling, usually the first Saturday in June, with close to 150 craft and food vendors, antique car and truck shows, children’s activities, entertainment, and numerous downtown business sales.
Covered Bridge Festival
The county’s Covered Bridge Festival, held the fourth weekend in October, not only spotlights Blount’s three remaining Covered Bridges, but includes arts and crafts, a golf tournament, pancake breakfast, talent reviews, and too many other activities to mention.
Blount’s Covered Bridges
The three remaining covered bridges include: the Horton Mill, Swann and Easley. Click here for more information about the bridges.
Blount County Memorial Museum
The Blount County Memorial Museum, located on the courthouse square in Oneonta, was established in 1970. Some museum displays are changed quarterly but numerous remain full time detailing Blount’s unique history. Its archives contain more than 1,000 research volumes and 500 files on Blount families past and present.
Rickwood Caverns State Park is located in West Blount, four miles off I-65 at exit 284. Best known for its “miracle mile” of underground caverns, the 260-million-year-old limestone formations are breath taking along with the blind cave fish and underground pools which make it one of the nation’s “coolest” most natural wonders.
That park also offers camping, picnicking and swimming, with special tours of the cave available to groups.
Locust Fork River
Whitewater enthusiasts come from all over the southeast and the rest of the country to enjoy the beauty and thrill of the Locust Fork River. With scenic beauty unsurpassed in Alabama - jagged cliffs, waterfalls, whitewater, smooth flowing sections, and sandy beaches - this mountain stream flows freely through Etowah, Marshall, and Blount Counties to form the Black Warrior River in northwest Jefferson County.
The annual Locust ForkWhitewater Classic, the final race for the Alabama Cup, is held on this river. It is also cherished for its excellent fishing and recreational opportunities. In fact, the Locust Fork boasts: class III and IV rapids of whitewater, historic covered bridges, abundant fishing availability, easy access for swimming and picnicking, remarkably beautiful natural scenery.
The Locust Fork River is also home to the following: a multitude of aquatic life, including 74 species of fish, abundant migratory and stationary birds and wildlife, unique flora indigenous to the area, the flattened musk turtle (endangered species), mussels & snails (several endangered species), a possible home to the Red-cockaded woodpecker and a possible home to the Indiana grey bat.
For more information on the Locust Fork, visit the Friends of the Locust Fork River.
State-sanctioned Farmer’s Markets are located at the Blount-Oneonta Agri-business Center in Oneonta and on Park Drive in Blountsville allowing folks to “buy fresh, buy local” and support the area’s thriving agriculture community while enjoying “visiting” with the actual growers of the foods they consume.
Community Arts Council
The arts can bring educational opportunities and endless entertainment to a community. Blount County is no different. The Community Arts Council of Blount County strives each year to bring quality artists to the community as well to nurture and promote the county’s own artists.
Over the years, the council has brought high-quality artists into Blount County such as the world-renowned Shanghai Quartet, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Boys Choir, storyteller Dolores Hydock, the Birmingham Piano Quartet, and the rich gospel tradition of the Birmingham Sunlights.
But, the council also showcases the vast talent of Blount County’s own youth and adults.
One of the favorite events has been the Missoula Children’s Theatre, and one of the council’s most successful events has been the musical Always… Patsy Cline, starring local artists.
More Blount County Highlights
The Blount County Historical Society quarterly sponsors speakers and tours concerning the past times that were the foundation for the county’s current lifestyle.
Groups and events for all sorts of interests, from the Blount County Quilter’s Guild (whose cottage is located at Palisades Park); to whitewater rafting on the many rolling rivers; to Western Shooting Sports; to hunting preserves; to soccer, swim teams, music clubs, and more for the youngsters; to horse shows and rodeos at the Blount-Oneonta Agri-Business Center; to the annual award-winning Blount County Fair held each September; all combine to give everyone within the county a choice of fun, educational and unique experiences that only Blount County can provide.