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 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 Blount County, 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 of various sizes are available for small fees to accommodate meetings, family reunions, wedding receptions and more. Don't miss the restored fire tower which is open to the public and provides a panoramic view of Blount County.
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.
The park is located on Palisades/ Ebell Mountain (turn off U.S. 231 between Oneonta and Rosa), and 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.
Blountsville Historic Park
The Historical Park located in Blountsville, AL is home to the Blountsville Historical Society. This park has on display some of the finest log cabins in existence today. Most of the buildings have period furnishings and have been restored. The Historical Park 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, in early June, with craft and food vendors, antique car and truck shows, children’s activities, entertainment, and numerous downtown business sales.
Covered Bridge Festival
The county’sCovered Bridge Festival, held the fourth weekend in October, not only spotlights Blount’s three remaining Covered Bridges, but includes arts and crafts, a pancake breakfast, car show, entertainment, 5K run, quilt show, river walk and much more. There is also a children's activity area.
Blount’s Covered Bridges
The three remaining covered bridges include: Horton Mill, Swann and Easley.
Constructed in 1934, Horton Mill is the tallest historic covered bridge in the United States standing 70 feet above the water. The 220 foot long bridge crosses the Calvert Prong of the Little Warrior River about 5 miles north of Oneonta off Highway 75.
Easley Covered Bridge was constructed in 1927 and is the smallest of Blount’s remaining bridges. At just 95 feet long it crosses the Dub Branch, Calvert Prong of the Little Warrior River. It is located off of 231 North in Rosa.
Constructed in 1933, Swann Covered Bridge is the longest of Blount’s bridges. It spans 324 feet across the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River. Swann is located in Cleveland.
Blount County Memorial MuseumThe Blount County Memorial Museum, located near the courthouse 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 cave's 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” natural wonders.
The park also offers camping, picnicking and swimming with special tours of the cave available to groups.
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.
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 Fork Whitewater 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 and remarkably beautiful natural scenery. For easy access to the river, visit the King's Bend Scenic Overlook Park on 231 just North of Cleveland.
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)and mussels & snails (several endangered species).
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.
Covered Bridge Players
The mission of the Covered Bridge Players is to facilitate the development of cultural and artistic enlightenment for the citizens of Blount County and surrounding communities. The projects of the Covered Bridge Players seek to stimulate, educate, and entertain the audience by providing an opportunity to inspire, nurture, challenge, and enpower the artist to bridge the chasm between the consumer of the arts and the artist. The Covered Bridge Players accomplishes its mission by:
- Producing two or more theatrical productions of quality per year
- Creating opportunities for community participation in theatrical productions
- Celebrating the significance of the dramatic performing arts
- Providing hands-on learning experiences in theatre production
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.
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 as 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.
More Blount County Highlights:
Groups and events for all sorts of interests including the Blount County Quilter’s Guild (whose cottage is located at Palisades Park); whitewater rafting on the many rolling rivers; Western Shooting Sports; hunting preserves; soccer, swim teams, music clubs, and more for the youngsters; horse shows and rodeos at the Blount-Oneonta Agri-Business Center; the annual award-winning Blount County Fair held each September; and so much more. All combine to give everyone within the county a choice of fun, educational and unique experiences that only Blount County can provide.