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5 Historic Ghost Towns To Explore In Alabama

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Ghost towns are relics of our past. Once towns booming with activity and commerce, now a piece of history fading from memory. These towns have long been deserted, some being reclaimed by nature, others brought back to life by nearby towns and cities as historic sites. 

Despite what some may think, ghost towns are not necessarily haunted. Now don’t get me wrong — some can be spooky and creepy, and yes, paranormal activity has been reported in a few. But for the most part, ghost towns are simply a fascinating look back at a period of time long ago. 

Let’s meander down the once vibrant but long-since silenced streets of five historic Alabama ghost towns and bring their history back to life. 

harbor of Blakeley

1. Blakeley

Spanish fort .

Mobile, Alabama, was founded in 1702 along the banks of the Mobile River and Mobile Bay. Throughout the early 1800s, the city was a successful seaport, but it had one problem: The ship channel from the Gulf of Mexico to the settlement was shallow. 

Enter Josiah Blakeley, who saw his chance to make a fortune. He found that the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, in what would later become Spanish Fort, had a much deeper channel. In 1814, the town of Blakeley was chartered. 

The town quickly grew in stature and prominence and actually challenged its cross-bay rival, Mobile, as a ship building and exporting town. 

But just as quickly, the town fell victim to its own design. It was built along a swampy area of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta , the second largest such delta in the country. As a result, mosquitoes brought a silent end to the town: yellow fever. The epidemic rampaged through the town. Hundreds of citizens died while hundreds more fled for their lives, and by 1830, the town was left abandoned to be reclaimed by nature. 

Thirty-five years later, the site of the old town saw the last major battle of the Civil War take place, but after that, the area was lost again until 1974, when the area was established as Historic Blakeley State Park . 

Today, visitors to the park can experience the battlefield, walk the long, deserted main street of the town, view the remains of the old town courthouse, and stroll the E.O. Wilson Boardwalk for incredible views of the birds and wildlife on the delta. 

Be sure to visit the park’s website for details about historical events at Blakeley as well as historic and nature cruises on the Delta Explorer . 

The park also has secluded and quiet RV and tent camping as well as fully furnished cabins for lodging. 

Pro Tip: Visit Blakeley the first weekend of April for the reenactment of the Battle of Blakeley, and check their website for special tours of the old town throughout the year. 

old Globe Hotel at Old St. Stephens

2. Old St. Stephens

St. stephens .

St. Stephens Historical Park is known as the place “where Alabama began.” The town was first settled by Spanish explorers in 1789 along the banks of the Tombigbee River. 

The first settlements were located atop a high limestone bluff at a sharp bend in the river. It was the perfect location. After the bend, the river turned into shallows, so ships sailing north from the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile would have to stop and unload their passengers and cargo to continue their journey over land. 

After a land treaty with the U.S. in 1799, the town exploded, growing from a population of 190 to over 7,000. By 1817 it was named the capital of the Alabama Territory, but that title was short lived, as the capital was moved to Cahawba in 1820 when Alabama became a state. Old St. Stephens was moved to the present-day location of St. Stephens, and the old town disappeared. 

Today, archaeologists have identified many of the original city’s streets and intersections — to the point where they have identified individual house numbers and have uncovered the history of some of the families that lived there. 

Walk down the town’s dusty streets, past old wells, artifacts, and the dig site and beginning of the reconstruction of the Globe Hotel, once the main stopping point and lodging option for travelers to the town. You will definitely get the feeling of what life was like in Old St. Stephens during its heyday. 

Old St. Stephens is more than just history. The park has come alive with plenty of activities , including disc golf, swimming and kayaking in the lake, fishing, and tent and RV camping. 

Pro Tip: Be sure to visit the St. Stephens Museum in the new town with exhibits from the pre-historic period through today. 

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columns of the Crocheron Mansion

3. Old Cahawba

Orrville .

After Old St. Stephens lost its title as the capital of the Alabama Territory, the newly found state capital was located in Old Cahawba . 

The capital was located at the confluence of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers in what is now the town of Orrville (just south of Selma). Once again, the founders of the town selected the perfect location. Both of those rivers were strong steamboat routes that were essential to the region’s cotton economy, shipping King Cotton to Mobile and the Gulf. 

While these rivers were the interstates of their time, they made the town prone to severe flooding and mosquitoes. Yet another yellow fever epidemic forced the state to move the capital to Tuscaloosa, and eventually Montgomery only 6 years later. 

The town held on for a few more years, but any further growth was stymied during the Civil War when the Union Navy blockaded Mobile Bay, causing all shipping to stop. A cotton warehouse here was converted into a POW camp to house captured Union soldiers. It was designed to hold 660 men, but by 1865 3,000 were imprisoned there in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions. 

A trip to Old Cahawba Archaeological Park is a fascinating trip back in time. You can either walk or drive the deserted clay streets. Each street of the town has been identified and named the way it was back in the mid-1800s. 

Be sure to pick up a brochure at the visitor center before heading out, and spend some time chatting with the friendly and informative staff that will help you on your journey. 

Your visit will take you to an old one-room schoolhouse, two cemeteries, the New Cemetery (where the wealthy white people were buried with ornate tombstones), and the Negro Burial Ground, which was established in 1819. The last burial held there was in 1959.  

Your visit will also take you to the place where the POW camp once stood and past the old Crocheron Columns — tall brick columns that are the only remnants of a mansion where Confederate General Forrest and Union General Wilson met for a few hours to discuss exchanging prisoners. The columns should have long since disappeared by scavengers looking for vintage bricks, but their unique design made them useless to collectors. 

stockade at Fort Mims in Tensaw, Alabama

4. Fort Mims

Stockton .

Fort Mims was an early site along the Tensaw River, north of Mobile, that saw the Creek Indian Wars of the early 1800s begin. These wars eventually led to the tragic removal of Native Americans from their land during the Trail of Tears. 

The fort consisted of a short wooden palisade (wall) with a gunnery stockade. Following a battle between a faction of U.S.-aligned Creeks and the Red Sticks, who wanted the Creeks to abandon ties with the Americans, the Red Sticks attacked the fort. 

It was a brutal attack, and the men, women, and children who had gathered in the small wooden fortress for protection were massacred. The ensuing battle lasted 5 hours, and when it was over, over 500 had died between both sides. It set off more battles between the tribes and the U.S. military.

Today, the fort is just a shell of its former self, but it’s worth a visit to learn about this tragic but historic site. Volunteers and archaeologists have constructed an exact replica of the stockade and a partial wall. Interpretive signs lead you around the grounds and tell you the tale of that fateful day in 1813. 

Pro Tip: The best time to visit the fort is the last weekend of August, when members of the Fort Mims Restoration Association hold the Battle of Fort Mims weekend . Volunteers reenact what life was like at the fort over 200 years ago. 

Millbrook 

Okay, this one really isn’t a real ghost town, but it sure looks like one. 

The “town” of Spectre is located on a small island in the Alabama River just north of Montgomery. It was never an actual town but was the site for the filming of the 2003 Tim Burton movie, Big Fish . 

The town in the movie was called Spectre, and all of the sets — buildings and all — were left abandoned in place and now make for an interesting day roaming the “streets.” The buildings really do look like those of a ghost town today. They are all beginning to decay and are being reclaimed by nature, but that makes a visit more special.

Not only can you roam the streets of Spectre, but you can get marvelous views of Gum Chute and Jackson Lake. There is also a kayak launch here, and a few campsites. A day-use fee is charged.

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12 Ghost Towns In Alabama [MAP]

Last Updated on August 26, 2022 by Urbex Underground

If you’re searching for ghost towns in Alabama, we’ve got you covered! Below are 10 different ghost towns you can explore across Alabama along with their status and exact GPS coordinates.

We rate ghost towns in Alabama based on their status. Here’s how our system works:

  • Abandoned: Is abandoned with ruins and structures in a decayed state. Great for urban explorers .
  • Historic: Preservation efforts have been made and sometimes plaques installed. Great for everyone .
  • Barren: Almost nothing remains of the town. Ideal for metal detectorists.
  • Commercial: Is commercially owned with amenities, restaurants, and stores. Great for families .
  • Semi-Abandoned : Abandoned areas with a small population in the area.
  • Privately Owned: Tours might be available but not open to the general public.

2. Riverton

3. claiborne, 4. gantts quarry, 5. pikeville, 6. bellfonte, 7. prairie bluff, 8. aigleville, 10. blakeley, the anarchist’s guide to exploration.

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32.310362, -87.103891 Status: Abandoned

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Once the state’s capital, Cahawba was a bustling antebellum river town that became a ghost town following the Civil War. Before the Civil War, it had a population of under 2,000 people. In 1900, most of the town’s residents had moved to Tuscaloosa. By that time, most of the town’s buildings had been destroyed.

What’s Left?

Today, only a few buildings and cemeteries remain in the town. The Alabama Historical Commission maintains the site. Ghost stories about the town abound from the 19th and 20th centuries. One such story involves a “ghostly orb” that flits over the garden maze designed by C.C. Pegues.

34.884980, -88.078820 Status: Abandoned

ghost town road trip alabama

The town was a strategic point on the Tennessee River during the Civil War and was devastated by the creation of the Pickwick Dam.

Although most of the town is underwater, the old cemetery is still visible. Riverton is one of many ghost towns in Alabama that have been submerged underwater over the years.

31.54016, -87.51554 Status: Abandoned

ghost town road trip alabama

This small town lies on a bluff above the Alabama River in Monroe County. It grew rapidly after the Creek War and was incorporated as a town in 1820. It was an important trading center and shipping port throughout the 1830s.

Native Americans lived in the area before the town was established. Excavations revealed a Native American burial mound near the town. The remains of four people were discovered, including a skull and other bones. Copper ornaments were also discovered in the mound.

Today only ruins and the local cemetery remains as the memory of Claiborne fades away. While there are certainly more exciting ghost towns in Alabama, you should definitely check out Caliborne if you’re nearby.

33.148333, -86.289444 Status: Abandoned

ghost town road trip alabama

Gantts Quarry is one of the oldest ghost towns in Alabama, dating back to 1830 when Dr. Edward Gantt discovered marble in the area. The town extracted and sold this marble across the country, with a block of it currently a part of the Washington Monument.

The town declined during the great depression. In 1973 the population was 456. By 1990 only seven residents remained.

Today no one lives in Gantts Quarry. There are numerous abandoned homes and is currently one of my ghost towns in Alabama.

34.038056, -87.951111 Status: Abandoned

ghost town road trip alabama

Pikeville was first settled in 1820 and served as the Marion County seat until 1882. In 1886 a fire wiped out the courthouse and trigger the downfall of the community.

Today, little remains of Pikeville. Explorers can still find a few abandoned buildings in the area, along with the original cemetery.

34.712783, -85.946971 Status: Barren

ghost town road trip alabama

Bellefonte was founded in 1860 and boasted the largest population in the area at 181 residents. However, the population declined rapidly in the 1880s and by 1920, the town was abandoned.

This ghost town rests in the shadow of the Bellefonte Nuclear Generation Station with almost nothing left behind. Vigilant explorers can find a single chimney from the local inn that once stood.

32.134311, -87.403607 Status: Barren

ghost town road trip alabama

The first maps of the area show Prairie Bluff in 1819. Its population grew quickly, largely because of river trade. By 1861, the town’s population had reached its peak. The introduction of new railroads in the area, however, had a detrimental effect on the town. It’s hard to imagine that the town still exists, despite being in ruins.

Today, only scattered ruins of Praire Bluff can be found along the riverbank.

32.51664, -87.82329 Status: Barren

ghost town road trip alabama

Aigleville, Alabama, otherwise known as Eagle Town, was an old settlement in Marengo County. The town was established in the late 1700s by French refugees and former Bonapartists who fled Saint-Domingue. It was part of the Vine and Olive Colony.

Today, Aigleville is a quaint little town in the heart of the state’s countryside, but nothing remains from the original town.

32.566389, -87.77 Status: Historic

ghost town road trip alabama

It was founded by French immigrants in the early 19th century. The town is named after the Battle of Arcola, which was won by the French. But the town never reached its planned size and plantation owners eventually abandoned it to move to Greensboro.

Today there are numerous historic buildings maintained by the township as well as a few abandoned buildings to explore in the area.

30.732772, -87.899508 Status: Historic

ghost town road trip alabama

The area surrounding Blakeley had a long and interesting history. It was first inhabited by Paleo-Indians about 4,000 years ago. Then, in the 1500s, Europeans began to settle here. In 1813, a man named Josiah Blakeley realized the potential of the region as a seaport and purchased 7,000 acres for a town. He laid out a grand plan for the town, and in 1814, the town was incorporated.

The Battle of Fort Blakeley was one of the largest Civil War battles in Alabama. Visitors can tour the fortifications and walk in the footsteps of the armies that fought for the town.

Due to the bloodshed and violent history of the area, many say Blakeley is among the most haunted ghost towns in Alabama.

Go out and explore!

That concludes our list of ghost towns in Alabama but that doesn’t mean that’s all there is to find. Take the back roads, follow train tracks, and find some places for yourself. There are plenty of places I kept off this list so get out there and explore.

If you’re having trouble finding ghost towns be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Finding Abandoned Places , or explore other ghost towns across the country.

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Ghost Towns In Alabama

Are you a history buff with a taste for adventure? If so, get ready to embark on a thrilling journey through the forgotten past of Alabama.

In this article, we will take you on a tour of 9+ ghost towns scattered across the state, each with its own unique story and eerie charm. From the remnants of Alabama’s first capital to the haunting remains of industrial giants, these lost communities are waiting to be explored.

As you delve into the history of these ghost towns, you will uncover tales of a bygone era and the lives of those who once called these places home. Imagine walking through the left abandoned streets of Cahaba, Alabama’s first capital, where the echoes of past political power still reverberate.

Or picture yourself wandering through the ruins of Old St. Stephens, a forgotten Alabama river port that once thrived with bustling trade.

These ghost towns offer a glimpse into a time long gone, where you can almost feel the pulse of the past beneath your feet.

But don’t worry, while the allure of these ghost towns lies in their haunting atmosphere, you can explore them in complete safety. So grab your sense of adventure, pack your curiosity, and get ready to discover the lost communities of Alabama.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply crave the thrill of exploration, these ghost towns are sure to satisfy your subconscious desire for both knowledge and security.

So let’s set off on this captivating journey together and uncover the hidden stories of Alabama’s past.

Exploring the History of Ghost Towns in Alabama

Discover the fascinating past of forgotten settlements in the heart of the Deep South, where history comes alive amidst the remnants of once-thriving, now-abandoned locales.

Imagine wandering through these ghost towns, where echoes of the past whisper in the wind and remnants of forgotten lives lie scattered.

Explore the history of these lost communities, where the buildings that once housed bustling businesses now stand as silent witnesses to a bygone era.

As you walk the deserted streets, you can’t help but wonder about the lives that were once lived here, the dreams that were shattered, and the stories that were left untold.

It’s a haunting experience, but one that offers a glimpse into the resilience of the human spirit and the power of time to transform even the most vibrant of places into ghostly echoes of their former selves.

So, step into the past and immerse yourself in the history of these ghost towns, but remember to tread lightly and respect the ghosts of the past.

1. Cahaba: Alabama’s First Capital

abandoned buildings

Welcome to Cahaba , Alabama’s first capital, where history comes alive in the remnants of its lost community. As you wander through the abandoned streets, you can’t help but feel a sense of awe and intrigue.

The crumbling buildings and overgrown vegetation tell a story of a once bustling town, now frozen in time. You can almost hear the whispers of the past as you explore the old courthouse, the jail, and the cemetery.

It’s a hauntingly beautiful experience, but don’t worry, you’re safe here. The spirits of Cahaba are friendly and eager to share their stories with curious visitors like yourself.

So go ahead, take a step back in time, and immerse yourself in the history of this forgotten ghost town.

2. Old St. Stephens: A Forgotten River Port

towns in alabama

As you stroll through the forgotten streets of Old St. Stephens , a once bustling river port, you can almost hear the whispers of its vibrant past echoing off the crumbling walls. The worn cobblestone paths beneath your feet tell tales of a time long gone when this ghost town thrived with life and activity.

Now, the silence hangs heavy in the air, broken only by the occasional creak of a weathered sign or the rustling of leaves in the wind. It’s a hauntingly beautiful sight, a alabama territory frozen in time, where the imagination can run wild with stories of the past.

As you wander through the abandoned buildings, you can’t help but feel a sense of awe and wonder, mixed with a subtle hint of caution. It’s as if the spirits of the past are still lingering, watching over their beloved ghost town.

But fear not, for this forgotten gem offers a unique opportunity to explore history in a safe and controlled environment. So go ahead, take a step back in time, and let the ghostly whispers guide you through the mysterious streets of Old St. Stephens.

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3. Arbacoochee: From Gold Rush to Ghost Town

towns in alabama

Although Arbacoochee was once a thriving gold rush town, some may argue that its current state as a ghost town makes it less appealing to visit.

However, imagine the thrill of exploring a place frozen in time, where remnants of a bustling community still stand. Walking through the abandoned buildings and streets, you can’t help but feel a sense of curiosity and wonder. It’s like stepping back in time and witnessing history firsthand.

Sure, there may be a sense of eeriness, but that only adds to the adventure. As you cautiously explore, you can almost hear the echoes of the past, imagining the hustle and bustle of the gold rush era. It’s a unique experience that allows you to connect with the past and appreciate the stories that these forgotten communities hold.

So, if you’re someone who craves a little excitement and loves to uncover hidden treasures, Arbacoochee may just be the perfect ghost town for you to explore.

4. Blakeley: Once a Thriving Civil War Port

Blakeley civil war ghost town

Blakeley , once a bustling port during the Civil War, is like a time capsule that transports visitors back to a vibrant era of trade and naval activity.

As you walk through the streets, you can almost hear the echoes of bustling activity and the sounds of ships docking at the port.

The historic buildings and ruins serve as a reminder of a thriving community that played a significant role in the region’s history.

But amid the beauty and charm, there is also a sense of tranquility and calmness, offering a safe haven for those seeking solace and a break from the chaos of the modern world.

It’s a alabama territory where you can explore the remnants of the past while feeling a sense of security, as if the ghosts of the past are watching over you, ensuring your safety as you delve into the rich history of Blakeley.

5. Boykin: A Quaint Ghost Town Frozen in Time

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Take a step back in time as you wander through Boykin , a once bustling town that seems to have been frozen in time.

As you stroll down the quiet streets, you can’t help but be captivated by the vintage architecture and picturesque scenery.

The houses stand proudly, their weathered exteriors telling stories of a bygone era.

The absence of modern amenities adds to the town’s allure, transporting you to a simpler time when life moved at a slower pace.

You can almost imagine the sound of horse-drawn carriages and the laughter of children playing in the streets.

There is a certain tranquility in Boykin as if time has stood still to protect this hidden gem from the chaos of the modern world.

It’s a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle, and immerse yourself in the beauty of a forgotten past.

6. Mooresville: Alabama’s Oldest Incorporated Town

alabama ghost towns

As you wander through the streets of Mooresville , you’ll be transported back in time to Alabama’s oldest incorporated town. Historic homes and charming shops stand as a testament to its rich history. You’ll feel a sense of awe as you explore the well-preserved buildings, imagining the lives of the people who once called this place home.

The peaceful atmosphere and friendly locals create a warm and welcoming environment, making you feel safe and at ease. As you stroll along the sidewalks, you’ll be captivated by the stories that echo through the air, whispering tales of a bygone era.

Mooresville is not just a ghost town; it’s a living museum that invites you to step into its embrace and take a journey back in time.

7. Tannehill Ironworks: From Boom to Bust

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Now that you’ve explored the fascinating history of Mooresville, let’s delve into another captivating ghost town in Alabama: Tannehill Ironworks . Brace yourself for a journey through time as we uncover the rise and fall of this once-thriving community.

Imagine yourself walking along the remnants of the ironworks, feeling the echoes of the past reverberate through your being. You can almost hear the rhythmic clang of the blacksmith’s hammer and the steady hum of the machinery.

As you explore this lost community, take comfort in the knowledge that you’re safe, for it’s the present that holds you firmly in its grasp.

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8. Brasfield: A Mysterious Abandoned Community

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Step into the enigmatic world of Brasfield , an abandoned community that holds secrets waiting to be discovered.

As you wander through the silent streets, you can’t help but feel a sense of intrigue and curiosity. The dilapidated houses and overgrown gardens whisper tales of a once-thriving community that mysteriously vanished.

Each step you take, the crunch of leaves beneath your feet, reminds you that you are walking in the footsteps of those who once called this place home. The abandoned school, with its broken windows and empty classrooms, holds echoes of laughter and learning.

The wind whispers through the trees, carrying fragments of forgotten stories that float through the air. It’s as if the spirits of Brasfield are still here, watching and waiting for someone to unlock their secrets.

As you explore, you can’t help but feel a strange combination of fascination and caution. There is an underlying sense of safety in knowing that the community is long gone, yet a subconscious desire to tread lightly, as if the ghosts of Brasfield are silently observing your every move.

9. Scranton: A Ghost Town Along the Coosa River

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Picture yourself strolling through Scranton , a desolate and forsaken relic nestled alongside the Coosa River. The remnants of past life mockingly remind you of the vibrant community that once thrived here.

As you wander through the empty streets, you can almost hear the faint whispers of the people who once called this place home. The abandoned houses and crumbling buildings stand as silent witnesses to the dreams and hopes that once filled this town.

The eerie atmosphere sends a chill down your spine, but there’s also a strange allure that draws you in, igniting your curiosity. You can’t help but wonder what stories these forgotten walls hold, what secrets they keep locked away.

Yet, as you explore, a subconscious desire for safety lingers in the back of your mind, reminding you to tread cautiously.

10. Mulberry: A Lost Village in the Bankhead National Forest

alabama ghost towns

As you venture further into the depths of the Bankhead National Forest, you stumble upon Mulberry , a forgotten village that time seems to have overlooked.

The eerie silence envelopes you as you step into this ghostly village, where empty houses and overgrown vegetation tell tales of a once vibrant community.

The decaying structures stand as a reminder of the lives that were once lived here, and as you explore the abandoned streets, a sense of curiosity mixed with caution washes over you.

The creaking of old wooden boards beneath your feet echoes through the air, creating an atmosphere that sends a shiver down your spine.

The whispers of the wind seem to carry the forgotten stories of Mulberry, and it’s hard not to feel a sense of reverence for the lives that were left behind.

As you make your way through this lost village, a subconscious desire for safety urges you to stay alert and cautious, as if the spirits of Mulberry are watching your every move.

11. Old Cahawba: Tracing the Footsteps of Alabama’s Former Capital

old cahawba

Little did you expect that the former capital of Alabama, Old Cahawba , would be a bustling city filled with life and activity. As you step into this lost town, you can’t help but feel a sense of awe and wonder.

The remnants of grand buildings and cobblestone streets transport you back in time, to an era when this place was at the heart of Alabama’s political and social scene. You can almost hear the echoes of lively conversations and the clatter of horses’ hooves.

But amidst the charm and history, there’s an underlying sense of safety. The peacefulness of the deserted streets and the tranquility of the surroundings create a haven where you can explore and satisfy your curiosity without any worries.

So go ahead, wander through the abandoned houses, walk along the banks of the old Cahawba River, and let the whispers of the past guide you through this fascinating ghost town.

12. Pickensville: A Ghostly Remnant of River Trade

alabama ghost towns

Now that you’ve wandered through the historic ruins of Old Cahawba, it’s time to venture further into the forgotten past of Alabama.

Imagine yourself standing on the banks of the Tombigbee River, where a once thriving community called Pickensville thrived. This ghostly remnant of alabama and cahaba rivers trade is waiting to be explored, offering a glimpse into a time long gone.

As you walk through the abandoned streets, you can almost hear the echoes of bustling activity that once filled this place. It’s a hauntingly beautiful sight, a reminder of the importance of the river in shaping the history of Alabama.

So, come along and discover the stories that lie hidden within the walls of Pickensville, a place that will transport you back in time and satisfy that subconscious desire for safety through the exploration of a lost community.

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13. Sloss: The Haunting Remains of an Industrial Giant

alabama ghost towns

Located in Birmingham, Sloss Furnaces stands as a haunting reminder of the once-thriving industrial giant that shaped the landscape of Alabama.

As you explore this ghostly site, you can’t help but feel a sense of intrigue mixed with a subtle unease.

The rusted machinery and towering smokestacks make you wonder about the workers who toiled here, their lives intertwined with the relentless clanging and hissing of the furnace.

While the ghosts of the past may linger in the shadows, you can take comfort in knowing that you’re safe, surrounded by the echoes of history.

So go ahead, venture into Sloss, immerse yourself in its eerie atmosphere, and let the stories of the past unfold before your eyes.

But remember, you’re just a visitor, and the spirits that may reside here can’t harm you.

14. Brierfield Ironworks: A Relic of Alabama’s Industrial Past

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Step back in time and immerse yourself in the remnants of Alabama’s industrial past at Brierfield Ironworks .

As you explore this ghost town, you will be transported to a time when iron production was the backbone of Alabama’s economy.

The Brierfield Ironworks was once a bustling community, filled with workers and their families, all dedicated to the production of iron.

Today, you can wander through the ruins of the ironworks, marveling at the massive furnaces and imagining the heat and noise that once filled the air.

Take a moment to reflect on the hard work and dedication of the men and women who toiled in these very buildings, forging a path for Alabama’s industrial future.

As you explore, you will also have the opportunity to learn about the safety precautions that were taken during the iron production process, highlighting the importance of safety in the workplace.

So, step into the past and experience the history and safety measures of Brierfield Ironworks, a true relic of Alabama’s industrial past.

So there you have it, the fascinating world of ghost towns awaits you.

From the remnants of Cahaba, the state’s first capital, to the haunting remains of Sloss, an industrial giant, there is so much history to explore and uncover.

As you wander through these lost communities, you can’t help but feel a sense of awe and wonder at the stories they hold.

One particularly interesting statistic that may evoke emotion in you is that Alabama is home to over 9 ghost towns.

These once thriving communities, bustling with life and activity, are now mere echoes of the past.

Imagine walking through the empty streets, imagining the lives of the people who once called these places home.

It’s a poignant reminder of the transient nature of life and the power of time to shape and transform our surroundings.

So, whether you’re a history buff, an adventurous explorer, or simply curious about the forgotten corners of Alabama, these ghost towns offer a unique glimpse into the state’s past.

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the stories and remnants of these lost communities.

The ghosts of Alabama’s history are waiting to be discovered.

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Take a ghost town road trip through Northeast Alabama with this guide

  • Published: Aug. 07, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

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After making a map for a Ghost Town Road Trip through South Alabama, several readers requested a guide to ghost towns in north Alabama so I went on a trip and visited six of them. Kelly Kazek | [email protected]

Click here to see the map for the South Alabama Ghost Town Road Trip.

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I wrote about the towns I visited in northeast Alabama individually – their histories are linked below – then created this map. Note: Many of the buildings that remain in ghost towns are on private property where trespassing is illegal.

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1. Bellefonte, Jackson County

Today, only three things remain of the town of Bellefonte: A cemetery filled with its early residents, the vine-covered chimney of an old inn and its name. In 1828, it was a bustling town in Jackson County built about a mile from the Tennessee River for easy access for transporting goods to market. The chimney to one of the town's inns is shown here.  Click here for a story and more photos, as well as a map.

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A courthouse and jail were built to serve Jackson County in Bellefonte, located off U.S. Highway 72 where the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant now stands. The Tennessee Valley Authority began building the plant in 1976 but it was never operational. It was recently purchased.  Click here for details about the project.

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Bellefonte was incorporated in 1821 and a post office was built sometime after 1822. It was located on the stage line from Knoxville to Huntsville. The courthouse was burned during the Civil War and, after the Memphis to Charleston Railroad was built in Scottsboro, people gradually left the town of Bellefonte.

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The historic Bellefonte Cemetery is located on a hill near the surviving chimney.

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2. Battelle, DeKalb County

Battelle was a busy mining town nestled in a valley of the Lookout Mountains in DeKalb County. The ruins of two buildings and several coke ovens, barely visible beneath drapes of vines and trees, are all that remain today. The site is remote and difficult to reach.  Click here for a story and more photos, as well as a map.  The historic marker for the town is in Valley Head, Ala., 5 miles from the site due to Battelle's remote location.

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(Landmarks of DeKalb)

Lookout Mountain Iron Co. built a blast furnace with an 85-foot stack and four stoves, a boiler plant and a power house at Battelle. The town grew around it and grew to include 200 tenement houses "of two, three and four rooms," "two hotels for whites and one for Negroes," a two-story school, a church, a large store, stables, a supply house, company office and more, according to a description in a 1906 issue of Iron Age magazine. This photo shows the furnace of the Lookout Mountain Iron Company in 1904.

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The buildings were so dilapidated it was difficult to determine their original purpose. Between them were the remains of beehive coke ovens, which were used to heat charcoal into a cleaner-burning coal coke used to fuel the furnace.

Click here for photos of preserved beehive coke ovens in West Blocton, AL.

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Frame of the second building at Battelle.

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The town that investors thought would rival Birmingham would be abandoned after the ore played out. The furnace itself was dismantled and moved to Calcutta, India, where it operated until 15 years ago, according to  DiscoverLookoutMountain.com . This photo shows ruins of coke ovens at the site.

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(Source: Down Home in Cherokee County)

3. Bluffton, Cherokee County

Bluffton, a mining community in Cherokee County, was perhaps best known for its spectacular Signal Hotel set high on a bluff. Reportedly, Rudyard Kipling once stayed at the inn, which was built in 1889 so guests could take advantage of the natural lithium springs that fed Hurricane Creek. Today, nothing remains at Bluffton but a church and cemetery. Following Reconstruction, geologists from Woodard Iron Co. of Birmingham and Tecumseh Iron Co. "discovered rich, iron, zinc and other mineral deposits," according to a story in  The Anniston Star.

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Bluffton was founded in 1888 and by 1890 was the largest town in Cherokee County, with 8,000 residents. The Bluffton Land, Ore and Furnace Co. operated an iron mine and built the luxurious bluff-top hotel. At its height, Bluffton had a school, numerous businesses and Cherokee County's first electrical generating plant. Its post office operated there from 1888 to 1934.

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This photo shows the view from atop the bluff today.

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Salem Baptist Church at Bluffton has been rebuilt since it was organized in 1854 but the cemetery had grave markers dating to those early days. A newer church is located on the original site, across the road from the former site of the Signal Hotel. The mines did not produce a quality grade of ore and eventually closed, causing residents to leave the town.

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4. Rock Run, Cherokee County

Rock Run is a residential community in Cherokee County where a pocket of residents live in well-kept homes. But in the 1800s, it was a town that grew around the Rock Run Mine and Furnace. According to a 2004 history in  The Calhoun Times , "An iron foundry was destroyed by the Union army during the Civil War but was rebuilt around 1879. The post office established in 1883, first was called Bass, probably after the operator of the foundry." The ca. 1890s commissary, shown above, still stands.  Click here for a story and more photos, as well as a map.

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Rock Run Mine and Furnace “flourished until the 1920s,” the article said. Today, the ca. 1890s commissary sits vacant across the street from the Rock Run Baptist Church. Next to the commissary is the home that once belonged to mine superintendent, J.M. Garvin, shown here.

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Rock Run Baptist Church.

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(Source: Jimmy Emerson DVM)

Ruins of the furnace at Rock Run.

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Sign at Rock Run.

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5. Pleasant Gap, Cherokee County

The small community of Pleasant Gap in Cherokee County gets its name from its location in a "gap" of Frog Mountain. This photo shows the grist mill that remains at the site.  Click here for a story and more photos, as well as a map.

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Pleasant Gap was once a town surrounding a grist mill, shown here from a side view, just a few miles from the mining town of Rock Run. A post office was established in 1847, according to a 2004 article in The Calhoun Times. The post office operated until 1932.

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Pleasant Gap Cemetery.

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A kudzu-covered structure at Pleasant Gap.

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(Source: Josh Box/Underground Birmingham)

6. Praco, West Jefferson County

Praco was once bustling with miners who pulled coal from the earth for the Pratt Consolidated Coal Co., from which the town's name was derived. The mines were later owned by Alabama By-Products. The mine entrance remains at the Praco site with the 1929 stone sign, according to Josh Box of Underground Birmingham Facebook page.

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(Source: Jeff Newman/UndergroundBirmingham)

Today, an empty hulking coal silo and numerous roadbeds remain in the West Jefferson community, now owned by Walter Energy. Although the mine closed in the late 1950s, the town survived until 1981.

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(Source: Jeff Newman/Underground Birmingham)

The abandoned coal silo is one of the few structures left at the site of Praco. This photo shows the interior.

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(Source: Patricia Dickey Whitlock)

Company houses at Praco, ca. 1970s. They were built in the 1930s and torn down in the 1980s.

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Someone Mapped Out the Ultimate Haunted Road Trip Through the South

This route stops at the scariest spots in Alabama—and it only takes a weekend.

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The whole route is 725 miles, an estimated 13.5-hour drive, which means you can do it in a weekend (Halloween plans, anyone?). Of course, the pit stops are the best part of any road trip, and the ones marked on this map are certain to haunt your memories long after you get home.

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First up is historic Selma's St. James Hotel , which is said to be haunted by 1800s American outlaw Jesse James (who supposedly stayed there when Benjamin Sterling Turner owned the building), his girlfriend Lucinda, and his dog, among other spirits.

Along the way, perhaps you'll see the Dancing Ghost of Grancer Harrison at the Harrison Cemetery in Kinston, or the spirits of soldiers and prisoners at Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores .

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En route to the haunted Gaineswood Plantation in Demopolis, stop for a bite to eat at Gaines Ridge Dinner Club in Camden, where visitors have also reported paranormal sightings. The restaurant's website lists some of these spirits as: "the woman who screams and calls out, and has been seen floating past windows, the incessant crying of a baby, the aroma of pipe smoke in one room, when nobody in the house is smoking, and the reflected image of a tall, gaunt man, dressed in black, with a long beard."

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Before ending the frightening adventure right back where you started, visit the National Historic Landmark Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, where many workers fell to fiery deaths during the 19th century. According to the Travel Channel , people continue to report the sounds of screaming and sightings of apparitions.

Not eerie enough for you? We amended the map to include the following supposedly haunted destinations: Bear Creek Swamp and the W.C. Rice's Cross Garden in Autauga County (they're both within 37 miles of the St. James Hotel), The Drish House (at 2300 17th St, Tuscaloosa, on the way to Birmingham from Demopolis), and The University of Montevallo (between Birmingham and Selma). If you don't circle back around to Selma, the trip time stays the same—and you get to see 10 spooky spots instead of six.

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Taysha Murtaugh was the Lifestyle Editor at CountryLiving.com.

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L et’s dive into these spooky ghost towns in Alabama, shall we?  For Halloween fans, when the leaves turn and there’s a cool breeze in the air, we can’t help but get excited. However, there’s more to the fun than just costume parties and carving pumpkins, right? There’s an enchanting allure in venturing into a ghost town – a realm suspended in time, brimming with untold stories waiting to resurface!

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Ghost Towns in Alabama

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This Halloween, I’m exploring our sweet home Alabama…a state steeped in history. Hopefully, you’re as stoked as I am about finding hidden gems in my home state. So, I’ve put together a list of the best ghost towns in Alabama for your spooky pleasure!

Ghost Town Scare Ratings 👻 Eerie-It’s all good. 👻👻 Thrilling-Ummm… 👻👻👻 Chilling-I’m outta here!

Old Cahawba (👻👻👻)

old rundown house in Cahaba Alabama with frayed boards and broken bricks against greenery and a blue sky

When you ask folks about famous ghost towns in Alabama, Cahaba, or Old Cahawba , often pops up first. It’s nestled in Dallas County, right in the heart of Alabama, and it has quite a story to tell.

From 1820-1826, Cahaba wore the crown as Alabama’s capital, making it a bustling place. With around 3,000 folks calling it home, they were all about cotton…and it was booming!

Unfortunately, things took a turn after the Civil War. Floods kept coming and railroads disappeared. Slowly but surely, people started leaving. This is how Cahaba became an Alabama ghost town .

During the Civil War, Cahaba Federal Prison held about 3,000 enslaved individuals. Even now, there’s a resting place for them though many of the graves don’t have markers.

old rundown school house in Cahaba Alabama with green trees surrounding it

You can still see old slave quarters, cemeteries, abandoned buildings, and crumbling houses that hold echoes of Cahaba’s tough past.

Whether you’re hiking along beautiful nature trails, picnicking with a stunning view of the Alabama River, casting a line for some fishing, or just birdwatching, Cahaba’s got a bit of everything. It’s actually prettiest in the fall season too!

So, while there’s a ghostly side to Cahaba, it’s also a place that wants you to enjoy its natural beauty and heritage. Since the fall is its prettiest season, it’s definitely worth a road trip !

double nuclear reactors against trees and a hazy sky

Bellefonte , tucked away in Jackson County, came to life in 1821 with just 200 friendly faces calling it home. Nestled in the northeast of Alabama, this charming town had big dreams, especially with the Bellefonte Nuclear Power Station nearby, promising a bright future.

But as time rolled on, the county seat moved, and Bellefonte felt the pinch. Like many towns hit by the Civil War’s aftermath, it lost businesses and residents.

Still, in its heyday, Bellefonte was a place where some of Alabama’s top lawyers, doctors, and politicians hung their hats. Though, in less than four decades, it went from bustling to a quiet echo of its past.

Hey, it’s not all sad news! Today, Bellefonte’s story lives on thanks to the Jackson County Historical Association. They’re doing a stellar job preserving the historic Bellefonte Cemetery , a beautiful tribute to the town’s founders, perched atop this charming village.

When you step into Bellefonte, it’s like taking a stroll back in time. As you climb those forested stairs, you’ll discover the cherished cemetery where clusters of graves share whispers of days gone by.

Arcola (👻👻)

Next on my list of ghost towns in Alabama is Arcola , a town perched on the banks of the Black Warrior River, in what’s now Hale County. It had its beginnings in 1820, when French immigrants sought refuge in this remote Western corner.

At the time, this town was a bustling hub, all thanks to its strategic spot along the river—a vital route for trade and cotton commerce. However, with the arrival of American settlers and the crisscrossing railroads, the cotton trade dwindled, and Arcola’s once-thriving population slowly faded away.

What’s left of this town today feels like a scene from a chilling horror movie. Amongst those gnarled branches, one ominous presence stands out—the infamous Alfred Hatch Place , known locally as the ‘Half-House.’

This plantation was constructed in 1855 and once belonged to Alfred Hatch, a figure with a shadowy history. Hatch was notorious for enslaving over 200 people, leaving behind a sinister legacy that will send shivers down your spine.

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Down in Baldwin County, Southwest Alabama is a must-see for all you true enthusiasts of the eerie out there. Blakely , founded back in 1814, was once a thriving community surrounded by the beauty of nature. It’s not just one of Alabama’s oldest towns, it’s also where one of the last Civil War battles in the state played out.

Today, Blakely’s ghostly remains are kept alive in Blakely State Park. While exploring this place, you’ll stumble upon Baldwin County’s very first courthouse, a piece of history that’ll make your imagination run wild.

And just nearby, there’s the famous “hanging tree,” where folks met a pretty grim fate after hearings at the courthouse.

Venture further, and you’ll come across the “Hiding Tree,” a place where Confederate soldiers sought refuge during the brutal battle. The air here feels slightly unnerving, since it’s a stark reminder that people have perished on the very soil you’re standing on.

On a positive note, guess what? It’s a steal to get in with a mere $4 fee for adults, $2 for veterans, and $3 for the kiddos.

Battelle , up in North Alabama, was once a bustling mining town community nestled in DeKalb County. But let me tell you, this place has a spine-tingling story to share, so brace yourself if you plan to visit.

First and foremost, I want to stress that visiting Battelle isn’t for the faint-hearted, and securing permission is an absolute must. The only road leading to the town is privately owned.

Even if you receive permission, the conditions of the roads and the hike aren’t conducive to safety and therefore not advisable.

However, for those intrepid souls who dare to explore further…there could be hidden treasures such as the remnants of coke ovens from a bygone era.

Now, Battelle isn’t just any old Alabama ghost town. Nope, it comes with a hair-raising ghost tale. 

Legend has it that a man working near the fiery furnaces met a truly terrifying end as he plunged into a vat of molten iron. They say you can still hear his screams echoing through the silence of Battelle to this very day…

If the last ghost town gave you the creeps, don’t worry… Spectre is here to bring some fun and fantasy into the mix. Unlike the other ghost towns in Alabama, this one is a made-up town that’s just a stone’s throw away from Montgomery.

You’ll find it on Jackson Lake Island, snuggled in Elmore County in Central Alabama . And, it’s not just any island, it’s private and it packs a unique experience.

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Remember the movie Big Fish ? Well, Spectre is the whimsical town they created just for that film. As soon as you step in, you’ll spot the famous sight of shoes hanging between two poles, giving it a quirky vibe.

Here’s the best part. It only costs $3 to soak in all the enchantment and even try activities like fishing, kayaking, or camping. Spectre has six five (one lost in a fire in July 2023) adorable houses and a charming little church. Undeniably, the real stars here are the lovable goats that will melt your heart!

closeup of a brown goat munching on green grass on Jackson Lake in Alabama

Sure, the houses are just fronts; however, the moss-covered trees around them make for some seriously Instagram-worthy photos. More than just a cute and quirky spot, Spectre is a perfect blend of family-friendly fun with a delightful touch of spookiness!

aerial view of Fort Morgan in Alabama surrounded by sand and green and aqua waters

Fort Morgan isn’t your typical town. It’s more like a community down in Mobile County, in South Alabama . Originally built by the U.S. Army to fend off British attacks, it saw some action during the War of 1812.

old arches and doorways in red and orange brick with worn parts and green stuff growing on it

Now, most abandoned places keep their secrets hidden until the cover of night, but not Fort Morgan . Here, they say there’s an otherworldly presence that sticks around all day long and you can still hear echoes of burning fires and cannon blasts in the air.

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The kicker? It’s rumored to be one of Alabama’s eeriest battle sites. So, if you’re up for a hair-raising adventure, this might be just the place for you!

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There’s A Horrifying Legend Behind This Haunted Alabama Road

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Ghost Town Road Alabama

Every town has a haunted location everyone tends to stay away from. Alabama’s Ghost Town Road is one of those areas, and it’s surrounded in myth, legend, and lore. Those who have gone on a paranormal adventure on the haunted road have had mixed reviews. On one side of the spectrum you have those who have witnessed creepy things, then you have the other side which haven’t. The one thing about this place is unlike other roads, actual murders happened here during the 60s.

The bodies were found along the roadway, the area is also a hotspot for cults of all kinds. It’s not the kind of place you would want to take a paranormal adventure at. There were a rash a church fires that were also to been have started by satanic cult members. Many say a lot of the paranormal activity that is happening in the area is because of all the negative activity.

Paranormal Adventure Or Dangerous Location?

The thing about haunted locations like Ghost Town Road is the fact that they possibly could be dangerous. There were murders that happened on that road, along with cult activity. This is not the kind of place you would want to go alone on a paranormal adventure. As far as ghosts and entities in the area. There are numerous stories of spectral entitles moving around the road. One is that a headless man that slowly moves from one side of the road to the other. There are also reports of hooded figures moving around the woods, could those be the cult members?

Check out the video and let us know your thoughts.

Source – Faith Serafin 

Before Going On Your Paranormal Adventure

The area is heavily patrolled and if you’re caught being destructive you will get fined or arrested. You always have to practice caution before going on any paranormal adventure. Make sure you check into the location first and see what you’re walking into. You may also want to check with the local authorities to see if it’s ok to explore.

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This Haunting Road Trip Through America's Ghost Towns Is One You Won't Forget

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There’s something morbidly fascinating about ghost towns. From dusty boom-and-bust towns in the west, to overgrown woodland settlements in the east and even abandoned communities at sea, this country is littered with towns that fell silent due to economic or social strain. We’ve put together a road trip that will take you to the most interesting, historical, and hauntingly beautiful ghost towns in the nation. The route is the most direct possible, so you can pack as many towns into your trip as possible.

The journey will take you through 40 states; we left out Hawaii, Alaska and contiguous states without accessible ghost towns. If you decide to hit the road and check out some of these awesome spots, feel free to jump in at any point in the route. We weren’t able to include ALL destinations on one map, so here you can find the trip in sections, including the East , South , Mid-America , and West portions.

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Glastenbury, Vermont

This 19th-century ghost town is surrounded by legends of strange disappearances and disasters. Between 1945 and 1950, at least four people went missing while walking in the nearby woods. The community’s farming efforts also repeatedly failed, leading some to speculate that the area is cursed.

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Actually located in the village of Newcomb, this failed mining town was abandoned twice: once in 1857, and again in 1962. Visitors can actually walk around inside the town’s old blast furnace.

Livermore, New Hampshire

Livermore was founded in the mid-1880s as a logging community. The town was abandoned in 1946, after a smallpox epidemic swept through the community.

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This stop on your road trip will take you to scenic Lake Flagstaff, but there’s more to this lake than meets the eye. Flagstaff Village sits at the bottom of the lake, drowned by the construction of Long Falls Dam in 1950.

Dogtown, Massachusetts

This town is steeped in legends of witchcraft and the supernatural. Originally settled in 1693, the town was constantly under attack by pirates and hostile native peoples. After the main population moved away, vagrants and wild dogs moved in. The town includes a series of boulders carved with mysterious inspirational messages such as “HELP MOTHER” and “BE CLEAN.”

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This town was founded in 1766 as a mining town. The state of New Jersey now owns the town. Batso’s 32-room mansion is a popular place for historical reenactments and exploration.

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This is one of the country’s most famous ghost towns. Centralia was a normal community until an underground coal vein opened and began burning uncontrollably in 1962. A colorful “graffiti highway” leads into the abandoned town.

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This may not be a proper town, but St. Mary’s college is definitely an abandoned community with a fascinating past. Opened in 1862, this religious school and seminary was closed down in 1972 and quickly became a magnet for vandals and troublemakers. The main buildings burned down on Halloween night in 1997, but the “Hell House Altar” and beautiful winding steps remain.

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Open for just three years between 1996 and 1999, this fair closed due to poor weather conditions and its unfortunate location on a swamp. Though the area is technically designated as no-trespassing, you can access this spot if you have a hunting license.

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Thurmond currently has five residents and one tiny hotel called the Dun Glen, which was once the site of the world’s longest-lasting poker game. The game continued without interruption for 14 years.

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Henry River Mill Village was the shooting location for District 12 in “The Hunger Games.” This 19th-century mill town was abandoned in 1977, and is a beautifully scenic area dotted with wooden-frame houses.

Elkmont, Tennessee

This is a former cottage community that once was a popular vacation destination in eastern Tennessee. Abandoned cabins filled with personal effects, such as clothing and even a piano, can still be explored.

Old Cahawba, Alabama

Between 1820 and 1825, Cahawba was the capital of Alabama. Today, the ghost town is an archaeological park filled with towering masonry columns, shuttered antebellum buildings and overgrown foundations. Visiting the remains of the Chrocheron House is a must.

Scull Shoals, Georgia

This was once a flourishing mill town, but flooding eventually forced most residents out by the early 1900s. Today, visitors can wander through the town’s decaying brick structures.

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Located on the edge of Biscayne Bay, these bizarre houses were built in the 50s and 60s to avoid onshore gambling laws. They were a playground for the wealthy, but the houses were abandoned after a series of hurricanes brought their number down to seven. Today, the buildings are preserved by the National Park Service.

Braithwaite, Louisiana

Braithwaite is a mere 20-minute drive from downtown New Orleans. What makes this ghost town remarkable is that it is slowly sinking into the marshland upon which it was built. After Hurricane Isaac in 2012, the town experienced intense flooding that forced most residents to relocate. Today, the historic Mary Plantation is one of the only active structures in the area.

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Located 30 miles northeast of Natchez and founded in 1763, this small town was ravaged by a yellow fever epidemic in the 1840s. Subsequent disasters such as large fires and the shifting of the Mississippi River spelled Rodney’s doom. Today, a single road lined with abandoned buildings leads into town.

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In the 1920s and 1930s, Cairo was a bustling community in Illinois’s “Little Egypt” region. Racial tensions and major flooding led to its near-total abandonment in the 1950s, though a few residents still remain.

Paradise, Kentucky

This town is located along the banks of the Green River, and was abandoned in the 20th century due to corrosive rains of ash and coal dust from the town’s coal factory. Today, the area is free of dangerous rains and a lush place to stop for a bit of exploration.

Elizabethtown, Indiana

This should be a quick stop on your trip, as the only remnant of Elizabethtown is a beautiful 19th-century cemetery. The town was born in the 1830s and named after its founder’s daughter, Elizabeth.

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The residents of Boston Mills were mysteriously evacuated by the U.S. government in the 1970s. Theories behind the forced abandonment include biological disasters and mutated citizens.

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This coastal settlement is now part of Fayette Historic State Park. The site includes a massive charcoal kiln, the masonry shells of former buildings, and a number of preserved old wooden-frame buildings.

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Located midway up Minnesota’s North Shore, Taconite Harbor was once a small company town that sheltered thousands of mining employees and their families in the 1970s and 1980s. The town was eventually abandoned in 1990. Today, you can explore the steel structures located right on the water.

Elkport, Iowa

This ghost town has a much more recent history of abandonment. In 2004, devastating flooding damaged most of the town. Residents were relocated in 2006, and Elkport has been silently decaying ever since.

Rush Historic District, Arkansas

The town of Rush was once a prosperous zinc mining locale during the early 1900s, but now stands as a collection of empty houses and overgrown equipment. Most structures are original, whole and have remained virtually untouched since the town’s abandonment in the 1940s. There’s even a hidden vintage canon!

Avilla, Missouri

This “living ghost town” actually has a population of 100 residents. Founded in 1856, the town was severely impacted by population shifts to larger cities and the I-44 bypass. By 1971, most of the town was deserted. Today, crumbling ruins and shabby clapboard houses line the town’s main road.

Ralston, Oklahoma

Located on State Highway 18 in Pawnee County, Ralston was founded in 1894. The town is filled with shuttered saloons, banks, and shops.

Le Hunt, Kansas

This ghost town has a deadly past. A former United Kansas Portland Cement employee fell into a vat of concrete in Le Hunt and disappeared into the mixture. Today, the ghost town is said to be haunted by his spirit. The town includes a field of jagged boulders and a series of concrete tunnels.

Antioch, Nebraska

This town was once the potash (a fertilizer component) capital of Nebraska. Today, all that remains is an eerie collection of towering concrete pillars and arches.

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Tucked into the mountains of Chaffee County, St. Elmo was once a lively mining town and enjoyed plenty of growth from 1870 to 1925. However, when the gold dried up, so did this ghost town. Today, the town is open to tourists and even allows visitors to wander through the town’s well-preserved structures and shop at St. Elmo’s little gift shop.

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When the mercury market crashed in the early 1900s, this mining town was abandoned. After spending a few decades in total ruin, Terlingua has bloomed again into a bizarre roadside attraction. Visitors can wander the abandoned mine shafts, check out the strange artwork that has appeared amongst the buildings, and even spend a night in the Perry Mansion (pictured above).

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This old mining town was mostly abandoned in the 1970s, though a few residents remain. Hike up to Graveyard Gulch to visit some of the town’s original settlers.

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Two Guns was once a 1920s tourist destination along the Canyon Diablo, but the town fell into ruin after multiple fires and a rash of murders. Today, the skeletal remains of Two Guns look more like ancient ruins than a 20th-century town.

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Located in Washington County, Grafton was abandoned after a series of rock avalanches devastated the community in 1927. The landscape is full of hand-hewn lumber cabins and tall grass.

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Founded by a group of prospectors in 1859, this is definitely California’s most famous ghost town. The town of Bodie is so well-preserved that photographers flock from around the globe to capture the town’s untouched buildings, including interiors that are still fully furnished.

Nevada, Metropolis

Metropolis is located north of Wells in Elko County. Founded in 1910 as the center of a huge farming district, but relentless droughts and an invasion of Mormon crickets kept Metropolis from flourishing. Today, old buildings and stone memorials are all that remain.

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One of the treasures of Idaho’s “Wild West,” Silver City was once a busy mining settlement. When the price of silver crashed in the early 1900s, this town went bust. Today, you can visit Silver City’s beautiful and historic Our Lady of Tears church, and stay in the restored Idaho Hotel.

Kent, Oregon

Kent is located in Sherman County, and features an abandoned cafe, gas station, and old grain silo. Some residents do still live in Kent, but the town is mostly deserted.

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This town was founded as a ranching community in the late 1800s, but t he brutal murders of local Judge J.A. Lewis and his wife Penelope in 1902 caused many residents to leave town. Today, Govan’s schoolhouse and a few old homes stand in an empty swath of land.

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This town was founded in 1892 on the heels of a gold discovery. The last residents left in the 1970s, and Bannack has since been turned into a state park. The buildings are remarkably well-preserved. Photographers and ghost-hunters love this spot.

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10 Fascinating Ghost Towns in Alabama [Update 2023]

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Because of the silence, the ruins of a long-gone way of life, and a general sense of desolation, an abandoned town can be extremely creepy. Certainly, Alabama is home to a number of communities that were once prosperous but have since lost their luster…as well as their inhabitants.

If you’re looking for a good scare or two, this is the place to go. In Alabama, there are numerous small towns with no residents that have been abandoned for a long time. There are numerous ghost towns that are both eerie and intriguing to visit, and they are all well worth your time.

Here is a list of the most fascinating ghost towns in Alabama, arranged in a particular order.

Cahaba, Dallas is one of the most Fascinating Ghost Towns in Alabama

Cahaba served as the state capital of Alabama for a period of time between 1819 and 1826. It was also a thriving town at the time. Cahaba was a ghost town for a short period of time following the American Civil War. Unfortunately, much of Old Cahaba has been reclaimed by nature.

Arcola

There is a ghost town called Arcola in Alabama’s Hale County, which was formerly Marengo County, and was founded in the early 1820s on the Black Warrior River. Arcola’s first settler, Frederic Ravesies, made his home on what would later be dubbed the Hatch Plantation.

Settlers continued to move into the area in the 1830s in order to take advantage of Arcola’s river landing. An adjacent plantation took its place as a settlement in the 1850s.

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It stood atop a limestone bluff overlooking the Tombigbee River when the original St. Stephens was founded, and it remained there until it was abandoned. St. Stephens is located around 70 miles north of Mobile and served as the state capital of Alabama between 1817 and 1819, when Cahaba became the official state capital in 1819.

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4. Chandler Springs

Blakeley, Alabama, is a ghost town in Baldwin County that was the site of a major fort during the American Civil War. Blakeley was founded in 1813 and is now a ghost town. In 1974, the National Register of Historic Places recognized the significance of this popular ghost town.

5. Fort Gaines

Fort Gaines

Located on Dauphin Island, Fort Gaines is a historic fort that was constructed in 1821 and is best known for its participation in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the American Civil War. This historic fort is one of the best-preserved masonry fortifications from the Civil War era in the United States.

Fort Gaines has grown into a popular tourist destination, and the grounds include original cannons, a blacksmith shop, kitchens, a museum, gift shop, and a few tunnels, among other things.

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At present the old community is owned privately. This old town is situated in northeastern Chambers County, about 3 to 4 miles to the southeast of Roanoke. Known as “jug towns” this small town used to produce valuable potteries. Also, a famous potter Joseph Rushton and his wife used to live near Cedric.

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7. St. Stephens

8. riverton.

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Pickwick Landing Dam was constructed in the 1930s and completely destroyed the town of Riverton in Colbert County, Alabama. Riverton was an old trading center that was completely destroyed. It is now completely submerged, and the only thing that remains of the town is a cemetery.

9. Bellfonte

Located near the site of the Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station in Jackson County, Alabama, Bellefonte is a ghost town that has been abandoned for many years. From 1821 to 1859, it served as the county seat of Jackson County.

The town suffered a great deal during the American Civil War, and by the 1920s, it had been completely abandoned by the Union Army. There are only a few things left standing in Bellefonte today, including the cemetery, the chimney of the local inn, and a few piles of bricks.

10. Prairie Bluff

A ghost town in Wilcox County, Alabama, Prairie Bluff first appeared on maps in 1819 and has remained a ghost town ever since. In the same year that Alabama was admitted to the Union as a state, this event occurred. When Prairie Bluff was no longer visible on maps, it was around 1900.

As the river trade continued to grow, the town’s population continued to increase. Prairie Bluff was at its zenith in the year 1861. Unfortunately, the introduction of new railroads following the American Civil War caused significant damage to the town.

It was also extremely difficult to complete the construction of the Millers Ferry Lock and Dam in 1963. In today’s world, the Prairie Bluff Cemetery is all that is left of the once-thriving community.

To conclude, if you enjoy exploring abandoned and forgotten, yet beautiful places that ghost town embodies, you should definitely check out these ghost towns in Alabama.

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15+ Amazing Stops To Make For An Awesome Alabama Road Trip

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Ready to road trip Alabama? Alabama is a fantastically diverse state with mountain, beaches, cities and a fascinating history. Did I mention the great food and friendly people? You should consider these 15 amazing stops  for your road trip in Alabama whether you are just passing through Alabama on a longer visit to the  Southern USA or are spending the entire time on an Alabama road trip. In Northern Alabama, you must visit Rocket City Huntsville as well as some of the other small cities. As you go through Central Alabama, you will visit Birmingham Alabama and Montgomery Alabama. Finally there is coastal Alabama with its international flair and beautiful white sand beaches. There’s no doubt that the beautiful state of Alabama has something for everyone.

Alabama Road Trip

There’s no two ways about it – getting around Alabama is easiest by car. Hence, you can create your own standalone Alabama road trip or include it as part of a larger southern USA road trip. The conditions are great for road trips in Alabama – the roads are in great condition and there are plenty of roadside service stops if you need fuel or food.

Along with my suggestions for an Alabama road trip, I have included some fellow travel writers ideas and suggestions for what to do in Alabama, too. 

Alabama Road Trip Ideas

Are you thinking about an Alabama road trip as part of a larger Southern USA road trip ? Plenty of people I know have created a southern USA road trip that included the state of Alabama so I have broken this Alabama road trip guide into sections for Northern Alabama, Central Alabama and Coastal Alabama. You can work the section of Alabama that you will be near into your own personalised road trip adventure.

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Here are some examples of nearby big cities and their distance from places in Alabama:

  • New Orleans to Mobile is a 3 hour drive.
  • Both Chattanooga and Nashville in Tennessee is a 2 hour drive to Huntsville.
  • Both Memphis Tennessee and Atlanta Georgia are a 3 1/2 hour drive to Huntsville.
  • Atlanta Georgia is also a 2 or 3 hour drive to Birmingham or Montgomery, respectively.

Continuing an Alabama Road Trip to New Orleans

In Mobile I met visitors from Lithuania who were combining a visit to the   theme parks in Orlando Florida with a Louisiana Mississippi Alabama road trip.

After Mobile, they were heading to the casinos in Biloxi Mississippi and then party central, New Orleans. How is that for a fun road trip for adults? 

One of the most memorable places to visit on a road trip in the US south is Coastal Mississippi. Calling itself  the “ Secret Coast, ” Coastal Mississippi is located between New Orleans and Mobile Alabama and below the I-10 interstate highway along the luscious US Gulf Coast, and is well worth discovering its secrets —whether for an detour scenic drive off I-10 or a one week vacation getaway. Some strongly suggested things to do in Coastal Mississippi include seeking sun and sport on USA’s largest man made beach, sampling scrumptious seafood and coastal cuisine, and savoring scintillating sunsets (and sunrises).   The Coastal Mississippi beach between Henderson Point and Biloxi is 26 miles long and 200 feet wide and most of it is undeveloped with unobstructed water views and free parking right along the sand. Take advantage of it!   Anywhere along the water in Coastal Mississippi is the perfect place to witness phenomenal sunsets. Coastal Mississippi restaurants with James Beard honored chefs include Vestige in Ocean Springs , White Pillars in Biloxi , and Doe’s Eat Place at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi. Countless other coastal Mississippi adventures await you. Make sure to spend time in the sweet small beach towns of Ocean Springs and Bay St Louis , visit amazing attractions like the brand new Mississippi Aquarium and fantastic museums—including Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art , INFINITY Science Center , Walter Anderson Museum of Art , and Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum —and paddle and explore an abundance of nature areas—including Gulf Islands National Seashore barrier islands , several bayous, and Biloxi Bay.   – by Charles McCool at McCool Travel

sea and sand of Coastal Mississippi on a cloudless day

Blue sky and sea, and white sand in coastal Mississippi very similar to coastal Alabama (Image credit: Charles McCool)

Road Trip Alabama

I decided to road trip Alabama in its entirely from the Northern Alabama to Coastal Alabama. Although I had people question whether there would be enough interesting sites to road trip Alabama for two weeks, I found  myself wishing I had even more time! 

When you road trip Alabama you realize how much there is to see in the state sandwiched between the mountains of Northern Alabama and the white sand beaches of Coastal Alabama.

Road trips in Alabama take you through quirky small towns, big cities and farmland.  You will sample plenty of delicious food, meet friendly people and learn some fascinating history. 

A sign showing where the Civil War prison in Montgomery Alabama was located.

A sign showing where the Civil War prison in Montgomery Alabama was located.

Why did I decide to road trip Alabama? After all, the news was full off the religious right’s assault on women’s rights in Alabama (to the horror of more liberal Alabamians ) . Yes, there are liberals in Alabama!

On the other hand, an Alabama road trip promised history, great food and quirky attractions – definitely my interests. So I dropped my son off in Rocket City Huntsville for his two weeks at the camps run at the NASA Space Center before I ventured off on my Alabama road trips.

I spent 8 days driving from Huntsville to Mobile in coastal Alabama and then looped back up to Northern Alabama. It took me 2 days to visit Birmingham Alabama, 3 days to visit Montgomery Alabama and 3 days in coastal Alabama.

I would suggest a minimum of 3 days in Huntsville and Northern Alabama too.  Although this itinerary covers the four biggest cities in the state of Alabama, I would encourage you to branch out and visit some of the smaller cities and towns nearby.

Alabama Road Signs

And, of particular note are the amusing Alabama road signs. You really get a flavor for the state by the unique Alabama road signs. Sorry for the picture quality – my trusty navigator/assistant photographer/son is still honing his craft.

Various Alabama road signs you come across as your road trip Alabama

Various Alabama road signs you come across as your road trip Alabama

Just a small selection of the Alabama road signs that caught my attention. Technically the giant cross is not a road sign but I have never seen such a huge church on the side of an interstate. 

Apparently, the “Go To Church or the Devil Will Get You” sign is famous in Alabama. The owner took it down, but there was an outcry, and he replaced it. As one person said to me, you see that sign and you know you are in Central Alabama.

The signs for personal injury lawyer Alexander Shunnarah signs are everywhere in Alabama and it’s become a meme in its own right. 

The Shunnarah Alabama Road Signs have elevated him to meme-status.

The ubiquitous Shunnarah Alabama road signs have elevated him to meme-status.

Yeah, there really was a drug dealer feeding a squirrel meth in Alabama to make it more vicious. The police released it into the wild when the drug dealer got arrested. So there is some poor Meth Squirrel out there in Alabama detoxing in the wild. 

What To Do in Northern Alabama

I have to say Northern Alabama surprised me. I had no idea it was so mountainous! Coming in from Atlanta into Huntsville, we had a brief period where my SatNav refused to work because we had no WiFi. My son learned how to read a paper map which I assured him was a useful life skill. 

Momentary panic when the  SatNav refuses to work in the mountains of Northern Alabama.

Momentary panic when the SatNav refuses to work in the mountains of Northern Alabama.

Rocket City Huntsville

Our first destination in Alabama was Huntsville – nicknamed Rocket City because of the NASA headquarters.

Two of the biggest attraction in Alabama are in the Rocket City Huntsville. Huntsville is a quirky cool city in Northern Alabama with all of the attractions of a major American city but with a better quality of life.

At the number one spot there is the U.S. Space and Rocket Center . Not only is it a museum, but the NASA space center runs weekly programs for school children during the summer.

My son signed up for Space Camp and Aviation Challenge and loved his two weeks there. So  much so that he is now going to his third Space Camp.

The NASA US space center has a great museum as well as well-run summer camps for kids.

The NASA US space center has a great museum as well as well-run summer camps for kids.

Even if you are not a science person, there’s plenty to do in Rocket City Huntsville. The Number 3 most visited attraction in Alabama is the Huntsville Botanical Center .

The Huntsville Botanical Center is a great place to visit with kids.

The Huntsville Botanical Center is a great place to visit with kids.

There are also plenty of other museum, historical sites and shopping areas to keep you occupied. The city also has a burgeoning craft brewery scene as well as many great restaurants. After all, those well-paid scientists need somewhere to spend their money!

What Else is There in Northern Alabama?

Northern Alabama has several small towns to visit as well as a lot of outdoors activities.. As you know, I’m a city girl. Besides, I was being bitten alive by mosquitos everywhere in Alabama.

I skipped a lot of the nature stuff because I feared venturing further into a mosquito lair. I know the rest of my family would have loved  activities like hiking along the Natchez Trace , checking out the bioluminescent glowworms at Dismals Canyon and a cave tour of the gigantic   Cathedral Caverns .

The small towns I visited were all easy day trips from Huntsville and make great road trips in Alabama.

In Florence Alabama , I went to see where musical legends like Cher and the Rolling Stones created history at Muscle Shoals Recording Studio , the birthplace of Helen Keller at Ivy Green  and the Rosenbaum House , the only Frank Lloyd house in Alabama. 

The charming town of Florence Alabama is host to many interesting tourist sites.

The charming town of Florence Alabama is host to many interesting tourist sites.

My son loved Decatur Alabama  for the fantastic Cook Museum of Natural Science and the Point Mallard Park . Decatur has a long history from the very beginning of Alabama history through the Civil War. 

Scottsboro is home to a shopper’s paradise at the Unclaimed Baggage Center which has warehouses full of stuff that unlucky airline passengers have lost.

Scottsboro also has a sad historical connection as the place where the so-called Scottsboro Boys (9 African American teenagers) were falsely accused of raping two white women. This story and that of the subsequent trials is told a the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center .

Nearby Lake Guntersville is the largest lake in Alabama and great for all types of water sports. If you want to experience more of Lake Guntersville, head to Guntersville and Lake Guntersville State Park .

The Unclaimed Baggage Centre is one of the road trips in Alabama you can take.

The Unclaimed Baggage Centre is one of the road trips in Alabama you can take.

Practicalities for Northern Alabama  

With so many visitors to the NASA space center, Huntsville has both an airport as well as a wide choice of hotels. I stayed at several hotels in Huntsville Alabama during the 8 days I spent in the city because I wanted to see what the different options were.

Like many cities in the USA, Huntsville is pretty spread out. You have hotels in the historic downtown area, near the NASA Space Center as well as newer areas of the city.

I did regret that I did not stay at the super cool GunRunner Hotel in Florence Alabama . It’s a car warehouse conversion which would be totally in keeping with any stylish hotel in any major international city like London or New York. 

Huntsville to Birmingham

How far is Huntsville from Birmingham? A little over 100 miles. 

Getting from Huntsville AL to Birmingham AL is a super easy drive of a little over 2 hours. Once you get to Decatur Alabama, you can go straight along Interstate 65-S to Birmingham for most of the 100 miles.

Pitstop:  Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman Alabama

If you are into quirky roadside attractions on your way from Huntsville to Birmingham, check out the Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman Alabama. About an hour from Huntsville, take exit 308 from I-65S for a short distance to reach the Ave Maria Grotto.

At the Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, a German Benedictine monk has created stone miniature replicas of world-famous Catholic religious places of worship on a 4 acre park.

We are talking everything from Jerusalem to the Shrine at Lourdes . This grotto is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.

For good measure, he threw in some secular places like the leaning Tower of Pisa. By the way, the monk only visit about 6 of the 125+ places he created in stone so it’s not necessarily that accurate. On the other hand, the dedication needed to achieve something like the Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman is pretty extraordinary.

The Ave Maria Grotto is an easy stop to take a break and stretch your legs on your way from Huntsville AL to Birmingham AL. The address for the Ave Maria Grotto is 1600 St Bernard Drive SE, Cullman AL 25055. It is open daily except for Christmas and New Year’s days.

What To Do in Central Alabama

Central Alabama covers a wide swathe of the state. The city of Birmingham is considered north central in the state and the city of Montgomery is south central. You find Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama, in west central Alabama.

Visit Birmingham Alabama

Birmingham Alabama is the largest city in Alabama. If you visit Birmingham Alabama with kids, the Birmingham Zoo is the second most visited attraction in Alabama.

Visit the historical highlights of Birmingham and also the district that was a key player in the Civil Rights Movement . I took a civil rights tour of Birmingham which included the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute , the 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park .

When you visit Birmingham Alabama, you must visit the Civil Rights Institute.

When you visit Birmingham Alabama, you must visit the Civil Rights Institute.

I stayed at a fabulous boutique hotel in downtown, Elyton Hotel, which has got a great location near many restaurants and the Alabama Theatre, an iconic showplace since 1927. Birmingham even has a craft beer scene that you can tour .

If you are looking to visit Birmingham Alabama directly, the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport is only a few miles from the city.

Here’s another perspective on Birmingham, Alabama:

The Deep South is unlike any other part of the U.S. – and that’s exactly why we loved our Deep South road trip through it. One of our favorite stops along the way was Birmingham, Alabama, a surprisingly hip and hipster town that was the site of many important (and tragic) events in America’s past. There’s so much to learn about in Birmingham, and the Vulcan Museum and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) a re both absolute must-sees. The Vulcan Museum is home to the world’s largest cast-iron statue, and the exhibits next door illustrate the city’s founding and its rise as a major geopolitical center of the South. The BCRI is the most comprehensive museum on the Civil Rights Movement, covering everything from desegregation to the Civil Rights Act, as well as present-day immigration and human rights issues around the world. Birmingham is also underrated as a foodie destination, and every meal we had there was delicious. Head to Crestline Bagels in the suburb of Mountain Brook for the perfect bagel, downtown’s Brick and Tin for gourmet sandwiches, and Delta Blues Hot Tamales in Five Points South for a local twist on Mexican cuisine (with great vegetarian options).

– by Jen Ambrose and Ryan Victor of Passions and Places

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Street art in Birmingham Alabama seen on a Southern USA road trip (photo credit: Jen Ambrose and Ryan Victor)

Detour: Birmingham to Tuscaloosa

Birmingham to Tuscaloosa is an easy 1 hour drive over a 58 mile route on interstate driving. Dominated by the University of Alabama campus and its football sporting prowess, Tuscaloosa is a pilgrimage stop for college football fans.

Best known for its college football team, the University of Alabama’s (UA) Crimson Tide, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, offers a lot to do on an open weekend or off-season. From exploring downtown to checking out the museums and more, it’s easy to experience all T-town offers. Go on a self-guided walking tour of the UA campus to learn more about its history. While there, check out the Alabama Museum of Natural History and view the Hodges Meteorite , the only one to hit a person, among other exhibits. Don’t overlook The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art that’s focused on contemporary art. Relax and recharge at Hotel Capstone , located nearby. The Riverwalk is a serene journey along the southern bank of the Black Warrior River. The 4.5-mile paved path is well lit and both pet- and family-friendly, providing plenty of places for rest, play and picnicking. Also along The Riverwalk is the Tuscaloosa River Market that hosts a farmers’ market every Saturday. Hotel Indigo is also on the Riverwalk. Not only is downtown filled with eateries and shops and Embassy Suites but also sites along Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail that highlights 1964 “Bloody Tuesday.” On the edge of downtown is Capitol Park , a reminder when Tuscaloosa served as the state capitol from 1826 to 1846. Some remains of the structure still stand after a fire in the 1920s. Tuscaloosa’s next-door neighbor, Northport, is home to Kentuck Art Center and the annual Kentuck Arts Festival . The center is open year-round and has exhibits, working artists’ studios, classes and more. It’s worth the drive to Moundville Archaeological Park , about 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa. On the 326-acre site, it preserves 29 earthen mounds created over 800 years ago by Mississippian people. – by Apryl Chapman Thomas of Southern Hospitality Magazine

ruins of the old Alabama capitol can be found in Capitol Park Tuscaloosa

The ruins of the old Alabama capitol can be found in Capitol Park Tuscaloosa (Image credit: April Chapman Thomas)

Birmingham to Montgomery

How far is Birmingham from Montgomery? A relatively short 92 miles.

Getting from Birmingham to Montgomery is likewise very easy on the interstate. The drive from Birmingham AL to Montgomery will take close to two hours.

Pitstop: Peach Park, Clanton Alabama

On the drive from Birmingham AL to Montgomery AL, you simply have to stop in Clanton Alabama on Interstate 65-S (exit 212). You know Clanton from a distance because of the water tower shaped like a peach. 

The peach water tower at Clanton in central Alabama.

The peach water tower at Clanton in central Alabama.

Stop by Peach Park which has a barbecue restaurant, bakery and ice cream store. This is definitely the place to try peach cobbler and peach ice cream.

Once again you are about an hour on the road from Birmingham to Alabama, so Clanton makes a great pit stop.

Visit Montgomery Alabama

When you visit Montgomery Alabama, you realise that the city has been witness to so much that is uniquely American – Westward expansion, slavery, the Civil War, the Jim Crow Era, Civil Rights Movement, country music and literary greatness.

Check out Old Alabama Town , a living history  museum, if you want to see how hard and scrappy life in the Mississippi Territory was. 

Among the civil rights venues to visit are the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr was a pastor and the Rosa Parks Museum dedicated to the woman whose refusal to give up her bus seat made history.

Alabama was one of the first states to secede from the Union. Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederacy in front of the Alabama State House . The First White House of the Confederacy was also located in Montgomery Alabama.

When you visit Montgomery Alabama, the Alabama state house is an imposing structure in downtown.

When you visit Montgomery Alabama, the Alabama state house is an imposing structure in downtown.

The aftermath of the Civil War and the Jim Crow Era are graphically illustrated at The Legacy Museum which looks at the mistreatment of African Americans in the USA from lynching to chain gangs to mass incarceration.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is dedicated to the 4000+ African Americans who were lynched between 1877 and 1950.

A moving sculpture at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

A moving sculpture at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

In terms of the arts, you have the Hank Williams Museum , a pioneer of country music. In addition, the former home of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald is now the Fitzgerald Museum.

Although the couple were only in residence for one year, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of his greatest works, Tender is the Night, at this location.

Montgomery isn’t all government and historical attractions though. There’s a great food scene and nascent craft beer scene. 

In Montgomery I stayed at a couple of different places. I could not pass up staying at the Fitzgerald Museum which has rooms through AirBnB but I also chose to stay in a Marriott for the simple convenience of being downtown.

If you are looking to visit Montgomery Alabama directly, the Montgomery Regional Airport is 10 miles from the city.

More insight on what to do in Montgomery Alabama from a fellow travel blogger:

Montgomery, Alabama is an important stop in the South for anyone looking to connect to the history of the Civil Rights Movement. This is the city where Rosa Parks, the African American woman, refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, sparking the subsequent Montogomery Bus Boycott . Important sites in Montgomery to see include the Dexter Parsonage Museum , the house where the Reverend Martine Luther King Jr. lived during his time in Montgomery. You will also want to stop by the Civil Rights Memorial, the Freedom Rides Museum , and the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church . Lovers of American literature should make sure to plan a visit to the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum , while American country and folk music lovers should head to the Hank Williams Museum and the Hank Williams Memorial and Gravesite. While in Montgomery, make sure to go to Cahawba House , where you can load up on an authentic Southern breakfast, including some of the best biscuits and gravy in all of the South! For dinner, head to Central , where you can enjoy a modern twist on Southern food. Don’t skip the roasted Brussel sprouts with bacon while you’re here! Both restaurants are locally owned, and you’ll never forget your time at either. If you plan on staying overnight, check into the comfy-yet-elegant Rennaisance Montgomery Hotel & Spa. When you’re done with Montgomery, there are tons of things to do nearby. You can head to Selma, Tuskeegee, or Birmingham to see more of what Alabama has to offer! – by Stephanie Craig at History Fan Girl

Alabama Road Trips From Montgomery Alabama

If you would like to learn more about Civil Rights issues in the USA, you need to check out these two shorter Alabama road trip ides from Montgomery.

Alabama Road Trip Ideas:  Selma Alabama

Selma is only 50 miles (about an hour drive) from Montgomery but is an important part of American civil rights history.

The Selma to Montgomery march by Martin Luther King Jr and other civili rights leader helped with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. They chose Selma because the town had 57% African Americans of which only 3% had voting rights. 

At Selma, you can see the Edmund Pettus Bridge where Alabama state troopers stopped the marchers on their first attempt. The vicious beating of African Americans by the state troopers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge (named after a Confederate Army General and KKK Grand Dragon) brought the Civil Rights issues to the forefront of the national consciousness. Near the bridge is the National Voting Rights Museum . 

An exhibit of Klu Klux Klan items that terrorised African American communities after the Civil War.

An exhibit of Klu Klux Klan items that terrorised African American communities after the Civil War.

Alabama Road Trip Ideas: Tuskegee Alabama

I did not have time to visit Tuskegee Alabama which is only a 45 minute drive from Montgomery Alabama (in the opposite direction to Selma).

I met a nice couple at Dexter Avenue Church who were doing the Civil Rights trail in Montgomery and then going to Tuskegee and finally Selma in one day. I was super impressed with their hustle because all of the museums close at 5pm so they would be packing a lot into that day.

Tuskegee is home to several interesting museums.

  • There is the  George Washington Carver Museum  dedicated to George Washington Carver who was an African American scientist who encouraged the planting of alternative crops like peanuts and legumes to avoid the soil depletion caused by the growing cotton.
  • There is also the home of Booker T. Washington, the Oaks which is operated by the National Park Service. Washington was an African-American educator who advocated education as a response to the Jim Crow Laws of his time.  Sort of like the Michele Obama ‘When they go low, we go high” response of his time.
  • Another great museum is the Tuskegee History Center,  a history museum which tells the story of all the local peoples including Native Americans, African Americans and European Americans.

Montgomery to Mobile

Driving the 170 miles from Montgomery to Mobile takes about 3 hours. Once again most of the time and miles from Montgomery AL to Mobile AL  are spent on Interstate 65-S.

Detour: Monroeville, Alabama

If you feel like doing a short detour on the way from Montgomery to Mobile, get of I-65S at Exit 93 for the half-hour drive to Monroeville . Famous as the hometown of Harper Lee who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, Monroeville has a small museum dedicated to the book/movie at its Courthouse. 

What to do in Coastal Alabama

I had a tour guide describe Mobile Alabama as the ‘red-headed stepchild of Alabama’ – a description that made me laugh. I can see why the rest of Alabama thinks Mobile is a little different but to be fair, so is Huntsville.

Huntsville and Mobile were also my two favorite places in Alabama but I have always been a fan of quirky. I found Central Alabama way too religious and finding decent coffee was a challenge. 

Settled by the French and the first capitol of French Louisiana, Mobile reminds me of New Orleans with its architecture and laid-back style.

Mobile Alabama would also like you to know that they were the first city to celebrate Mardi Gras in the USA . There’s a Mardi Gras Museum  to tour and  Mardi Gras is still celebrated in family -friendly style in the city. 

Mobile has lots of historic neighborhoods and a vibrant restaurant and bar scene. Take a food tour of Mobile if you are a foodie – you won’t be disappointed.

Kids will love visiting the USS Alabama , a former Navy battleship at Battleship park. 

When you visit Mobile Alabama, you discover there are lots of parks like this one, Battlefield Park.

When you visit Mobile Alabama, you discover there are lots of parks like this one, Battlefield Park.

Near Mobile, there is Bayou Le Batre made famous as the place Forrest Gump had his shrimp boat. There is also Dauphin Island , a barrier island with glorious beaches and an Audubon Bird Sanctuary . How can you not love a place that bills itself as the sunset capitol of Alabama?

Bayou Le Batre is famous for building ships and its fishing trade.

Bayou Le Batre is famous for building ships and its fishing trade.

Take the Mobile Bay Ferry from Dauphin Island back onto the mainland at Fort Morgan, Alabama for one of the best Alabama scenic drives you will come across. I looped back up to Mobile on scenic route 98 but you can go further along for more coastal Alabama.

Detour:  Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Keep going along Coastal Alabama and you get Gulf Shores and Orange Beach which will fill anyone’s idea of fun in the sun and sand.

You simply have to get out onto the water in the Gulf of Mexico For example, you can take a Bay cruise , a dolphin and eco-tour , or a sunset sailing cruise .

Here’s insight specifically into Orange Beach from a colleague:

With white powder sands and clear, calm waters, Orange Beach holds obvious appeal. But the Gulf of Mexico is just the beginning: this community is one of the south’s most well-rounded beach destinations. In-between swimming and sunbathing, you’ll also find expansive parks, hands-on art workshops and restaurants fit for foodies. When you can tear yourself away from the beach, Gulf State Park should be one of your first stops. The park holds miles of boardwalks and other trails for walking and biking, plus a lake perfect for fishing or paddling. Head just outside the park, and you’ll find several spots perfect for dolphin-watching. Join a guided cruise or day trip to Fort Morgan and look for dolphins just off-shore. When you’ve had enough nature and worked up an appetite, head to one of the area’s many restaurants. As you’d expect, fresh seafood is prominent on menus (and absolutely delicious) but you’ll also find classic southern favorites like biscuits, gumbo and bread pudding. The best part about this area is that it’s perfect no matter who you’re traveling with. It’s popular with families but can also make a romantic getaway or plan a fabulous girls trip to Orange Beach . This is one spot you won’t want to miss if you’re planning a southern roadtrip! – by Becky Pokora of SightDOING Gulf State Park at Orange Beach, coastal Alabama (Image credit: Becky Pokora)

In Mobile I stayed at the historic Battle House Renaissance Hotel and Spa. It’s got a great location walkable to most of Mobile’s sites. In addition to the spa, there is also a rooftop pool and tennis courts.

If you are looking to visit coastal Alabama directly, the Mobile Regional Airport is located on the Gulf Coast and 13 miles from Mobile, itself.

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10 Abandoned Places To See On A Road Trip In The U.S.

Posted: June 6, 2023 | Last updated: August 7, 2023

Road trips are a perfect way to see what a destination has to offer and can take travelers to some of the most beautiful places and scenic drives. Whether one is looking for historical sights, cultural attractions, or natural treasures, there are plenty of amazing road trips in the US that offer unforgettable adventures.

Thinking of hitting the road to see some of the abandoned places in the US? Well, exploring a bunch of ghost towns and ruins is definitely fulfilling for many people. The US has numerous neglected spots that tourists can experience on a road trip. Here are some of the best abandoned sites in the US to visit on a road trip.

For safety or legal reasons, some of the abandoned places have time limits to spend on them, while others are inaccessible but can be seen from a distance. It is important to abide by the rules of each spot to have a smooth and safe trip. In any case, please do not trespass, as some spots may be private property. Also, please do not enter these sites unless on an official guided tour; many of these abandoned places may be structurally unsafe.

Related: 10 Abandoned Sites That You Can Find (& Visit) In U.S. National Parks

Bannerman Castle, New York

Located on Pollel Island, in the heart of the Hudson River, home to many road trip routes and must-see attractions , Bannerman Castle is just north of the iconic New York City, making it a perfect spot to visit on a road trip. The castle was constructed in 1901 by a Scottish immigrant, Francis Bannerman, who was trying to build a Scottish castle.

Francis used the castle as his summer home. However, the castle remained empty until 1967, when Francis Bannerman's grandson handed it over to the Taconic Park Commission. Tourists can visit the island, but access to the buildings isn’t allowed for safety reasons. But one can take a guided walking tour to learn about the castle and enjoy the gorgeous views (still, please do not enter; it's not permitted and may be unsafe).

  • How to get there : Kayak from Beacon or Cornwall

Old Cahawba, Alabama

Alabama is home to several abandoned places, including the fictional town of Spectre, a ghost town that’s actually a forgotten movie set . Between 1819 and 1826, Cahawba was an incredible antebellum river town and the state capital of Alabama. After the end of the Civil War, what was once a successful town became a ghost town, thanks to the 1865 flooding that destroyed Cahawba .

It has become a significant archeological site, and tourists can visit it to see its beautiful ruins. There are efforts made right now by the Cahawba Advisory Committee to restore the 150-year-old St. Luke's Episcopal Church Building. Old Cahawba is one of the most beautiful yet creepiest abandoned places to visit on a road trip in the US.

Garnet Ghost Town, Granite, Montana

Over a century ago, Garnet was a thriving town thanks to the successful gold mining work. Nestled in the middle of the Garnet Mountains, about 1,000 people, mostly gold miners and their families, called this place their home. But since these people were more concerned with extracting gold, their houses never had strong foundations.

It is so surprising that over a century has passed since Garnet was founded, and yet the ruins of its small buildings are still intact. If looking for an abandoned place to visit in the US, Garnet Ghost Town is a perfect road trip retreat.

Summerwind Mansion, Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin

Summerwind Mansion is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the US. Initially referred to as Lamont Mansion, this abandoned building is located on the Shores of West Bay Lake in Villas County, on private land. The Lamont were the owners of this mansion, and for fifteen years of their occupancy, they experienced strange things.

In the mid-1930s, as the family was busy dining, the door to the basement surprisingly opened with a man appearing out of thin air. Lamont shot at the spirit twice to chase him back into the cellar. The family later moved out, leaving their mansion empty until the 1970s when Arnold and Ginger Hinshaw purchased the building to turn it into a dream home. However, the paranormal activity chased the crew away.

The Hinshaws then took the renovation work into their own hands. Even then, the strange happenings did not stop. One night Mary, Arnold’s daughter, found a human skull and a handful of black hair in a hidden crawlspace, which mysteriously disappeared when the police decided to investigate the house years later.

The Hinshaws started behaving abnormally, including Hammond Organ late at night, which Arnold explained to help keep the evil at bay. Strange things still happen at the mansion, even after its destruction by lightning that occurred in 1988, leaving much of it completely destroyed.

Travelers are not allowed to go inside the mansion unless they are willing to volunteer to help restore it.

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Michigan Central Station, Detroit, Michigan

Michigan Central Station is very significant to the history of Detroit, as it symbolizes how much the automobile gave and took away from the city. This former depot used to move the residents to different places, including wars and vacations. However, for the past thirty years, the train station has been abandoned and mostly filled with the homeless and thrill-seekers.

It comprises a three-story train depot and an office tower with 18 stories. It was once the tallest railroad station in the world when it opened. Unfortunately, it suffered a fire in 1913, which made it doomed. Vacationers can only drive up to the entrance of the old station. But one can join an underground tour to get inside to see the once gorgeous building.

East Calico Rock Historic District Ghost Town, Arkansas

East Calico Rock Historic District Ghost Town is the only ghost town within the city limits and is among the best abandoned places in the US to visit on a road trip. Vacationers will find more than 20 buildings and other old structures that still exist in different forms. There are stone buildings that date back to the early 20th century.

Vacationers can enjoy the two historic district exhibits at the Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center on Main Street. At the museum, tourists can see impressive works of art by talented local artists.

The Great Saltair, Utah

The trip to Salt Lake City is one of the best road trips in the US . The city is famous for being home to the Great Salt Lake, dubbed 'America's Dead Sea.' During a visit to the lake, tourists will see numerous bodies of seagulls and plenty of flies and experience a stinky odor. Vacationers who are brave enough to visit the place shouldn't miss the Great Saltair, one of the many US abandoned places worth visiting today. It is a historic building that boasts perfect 20th-century Moorish Revival architecture.

It was originally built in 1893 as a recreation spot for families and offered different fun activities and events until 1925, when it was destroyed by fire. It was later rebuilt for the second time but didn't become as popular as the first time. It was again destroyed by an arson fire in 1970. The third building dates back to 1981 and was constructed about a mile away from the site of the original building. It suffered flooding soon after being opened. The flood receded after the building was restored. It became an abandoned place that road-trippers can enjoy.

The building hosts concerts from time to time. During a visit to the place, visitors can attend one of the events.

Old Idaho Penitentiary, Idaho

Dating back to 1970, Old Idaho Penitentiary is among the spookiest abandoned buildings in the US to visit. This is one of the few four territorial prisons that are accessible to the public.

The prison operated for more than 100 years, and during that period, the site saw the city of Boise going through a series of transformations. The prison takes tourists back in time when prisoners were confined.

The best way to explore the Old Idaho Penitentiary is by joining a guided tour, which will cost an additional $2 .

Coco Palms Resort, Wailua, Kauai, Hawaii

Dating back to 1953, Coco Palms Resort was a 24-room that became a major Hollywood destination and is famous for featuring in the 1961 movie Blue Hawaii . Presley and Joan Blackman got married right here. Unfortunately, the resort suffered destruction after Hurricane Iniki struck the island of Kauai in 1992. Multiple efforts have been made to restore the resort, but they failed each time.

The hotel is significant for its incredible role as a Polynesian-style resort and among the only ones of its kind still surviving. The resort is set to be demolished soon for the construction of a 350-room hotel, which is planned to take three years to complete. If looking for a perfect road trip in the US, visit this abandoned spot in Wailua.

Related: Abandoned Thurmond: Why It's Practically A Ghost Town

Jungle Habitat, West Milford, New Jersey

Jungle Habitat in West Milford, one of the most beautiful towns in New Jersey , was an African safari theme park managed by Warner Brothers, one of the largest film and entertainment companies in the United States, between 1972 and 1976. It used to be an hour from New York City, one of the best US cities for a day trip . It was home to incredible wildlife, such as lions, baboons, and giraffes.

Unfortunately, the rate of insecurity in the park in the park increased. The park was later abandoned and remained unused for decades until 1998, when the state of New Jersey preserved it. Many of the then buildings are gone, while others are in ruins. The single-track trails are still intact and are now a popular spot for hikers and mountain bikers. Jungle Habitat is one of the good reasons to visit Kauai for a vacation for travelers seeking something a little bit different from the usual Hawaii tourist trail.

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The Birmingham Historic Touring Company

The Birmingham Historic Touring Company

Step into Birmingham's storied past with the Birmingham Historic Touring Company, a locally owned and operated company. We offer an array of engaging experiences, from guided tours that provide a unique window into the city's vibrant history, showcasing its architectural marvels, cultural gems, and intriguing stories, to exclusive ghost tours that uncover the city's spine-tingling mysteries and ghostly tales.

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At the Birmingham Historic Touring Company, we take pride in being a locally owned and community-focused business, not a faceless national chain. We are dedicated to delivering immersive, educational, and entertaining experiences for history enthusiasts, foodies, and thrill-seekers alike. Join us as we bring Birmingham's rich history and delectable cuisine to life.

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    A Haunting Road Trip Through Alabama Ghost Towns To Take If You Dare By Jennifer Young | Published October 04, 2021 Several towns help make up the great state of Alabama. Sadly, over the years, many of them have fallen in despair and have become ghost towns. Listed below, we've mapped a road trip that'll take you to six of these ghost towns.

  2. 8 Creepy Ghost Towns In Alabama That You Must Visit

    1. Arcola, Alabama Arcola, AL 36744, USA Altairisfar, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Arcola, established in the early 1820s, is a ghost town on the Black Warrior River in Hale County, Alabama - formerly Marengo County. Frederic Ravesies, Arcola's first settler, established himself at what later became known as the Hatch Plantation.

  3. Take a south Alabama Ghost Town Road Trip with this guide

    1. Cahaba in Dallas County Cahaba, a town settled where the Cahaba and Alabama rivers meet, served as Alabama's first capital from 1820-1825 and remained the seat of Dallas County through the...

  4. 5 Historic Ghost Towns To Explore In Alabama

    1. Blakeley Spanish Fort Mobile, Alabama, was founded in 1702 along the banks of the Mobile River and Mobile Bay. Throughout the early 1800s, the city was a successful seaport, but it had one problem: The ship channel from the Gulf of Mexico to the settlement was shallow. Enter Josiah Blakeley, who saw his chance to make a fortune.

  5. Take This Haunted Road Trip To The Most Haunted Places In Alabama

    1. St. James Hotel - Selma flickr/damian entwistle Advertisement 1200 Water Ave, Selma, AL 36703, USA Harperfa4764/TripAdvisor Our first stop is the St. James Hotel, in Selma. According to several reports, the ghosts of famous outlaw Jesse James and his girlfriend Lucinda hang out here.

  6. 12 Ghost Towns In Alabama [MAP]

    1. Cahaba 2. Riverton 3. Claiborne 4. Gantts Quarry 5. Pikeville 6. Bellfonte 7. Prairie Bluff 8. Aigleville 9. Arcola 10. Blakeley

  7. 11+ Ghost Towns In Alabama

    In this article, we will take you on a tour of 9+ ghost towns scattered across the state, each with its own unique story and eerie charm. From the remnants of Alabama's first capital to the haunting remains of industrial giants, these lost communities are waiting to be explored. ... Exploring the History of Ghost Towns in Alabama.

  8. This Road Trip Will Take You To Some Of Alabama's Most Haunted Places

    Advertisement Alabama Haunted | Road Trips The Ultimate Terrifying Alabama Road Trip Is Right Here And You'll Want To Do It By Jennifer Young | Published May 06, 2021 Alabama is filled with such a variety of haunted places. One of the best ways to experience them is to take a road trip.

  9. A guide to a Northeast Alabama Ghost Town Road Trip

    Take a ghost town road trip through Northeast Alabama with this guide Published: Aug. 07, 2017, 11:30 a.m. By Kelly Kazek | [email protected] After making a map for a Ghost Town Road Trip...

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    Only In Your State just mapped out the ultimate haunted road trip through Alabama for those seeking a seriously spooky getaway this fall. The whole route is 725 miles, an estimated 13.5-hour drive, which means you can do it in a weekend (Halloween plans, anyone?).

  11. Creepy Alabama Day Trip That Leads To 7 Haunted Places

    1. Sloss Furnaces - Birmingham google/Traci Burke Your first stop is Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham. While exploring Sloss Furnaces, one of Alabama's most haunted places, you might hear screams and/or see ghostly apparitions. Over the years, several visitors and paranormal investigators have reported occurrences such as these.

  12. Alabama's Official Travel Guide

    From North Alabama to South Alabama, the state has its fair share of bone-chilling haunts, and we're bringing you five that you can explore for a hauntingly-good time. Read on, if you dare…. Some of the sites listed below may be on private property; others may be located in dangerous locations.

  13. Ghost Towns in Alabama to Get Your Spook On

    3.5 (2) Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. Old Cahawba () When you ask folks about famous ghost towns in Alabama, Cahaba, or Old Cahawba, often pops up first. It's nestled in Dallas County, right in the heart of Alabama, and it has quite a story to tell. From 1820-1826, Cahaba wore the crown as Alabama's capital, making it a bustling place.

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    Jerry can help you find a policy that protects you from the hazards of the road—except ghosts. Old Cahawba Archeological Park What is the story of Old Cahawba? Just south of Selma is Old Cahawba, an archeological site near two rivers. The city served as the first capital of Alabama in 1820.

  15. Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

    Alabama's first permanent capital and most famous ghost town. The Archaeological Interpretive Park includes a visitor center, picnic area, hiking and bicycle trails, interpretive signs, historic cemeteries and ruins, and an accessible nature trail. Old Cahawba is a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission.

  16. There's A Horrifying Legend Behind This Haunted Alabama Road

    The Paranormal Ghost Town Road Alabama Every town has a haunted location everyone tends to stay away from. Alabama's Ghost Town Road is one of those areas, and it's surrounded in myth, legend, and lore. Those who have gone on a paranormal adventure on the haunted road have had mixed reviews.

  17. Ultimate USA Ghost Town Road Trip

    Ultimate USA Ghost Town Road Trip Advertisement USA This Haunting Road Trip Through America's Ghost Towns Is One You Won't Forget By Sophia | Published July 11, 2016 There's something morbidly fascinating about ghost towns.

  18. 10 Fascinating Ghost Towns in Alabama [Update 2023]

    4. Chandler Springs. Blakeley, Alabama, is a ghost town in Baldwin County that was the site of a major fort during the American Civil War. Blakeley was founded in 1813 and is now a ghost town. In 1974, the National Register of Historic Places recognized the significance of this popular ghost town.

  19. THE 5 BEST Alabama Ghost Tours (Updated 2024)

    7 places sorted by featured. 1. The Birmingham Ghost Walk - Hotels Churches and Riots Tour. Experience the supernatural like never before with our original Ghost Walk. Our knowledgeable and passionate guides will…. 2. Huntsville Rocket City Smart Phone Self Guided Audio (GPS/APP) Walking Tour.

  20. 16 Best Ghost Towns to Visit on Your Road Trip

    Updated on Jun 27, 2022 Table of Contents No matter which part of the country you're traveling through, there's probably a ghost town nearby. From the mining communities of the Wild West to abandoned Civil War towns in the South, get ready to get down with the paranormal.

  21. 15 Amazing Stops To Make For An Awesome Alabama Road Trip

    One of the most memorable places to visit on a road trip in the US south is Coastal Mississippi. Calling itself the " Secret Coast, " Coastal Mississippi is located between New Orleans and Mobile Alabama and below the I-10 interstate highway along the luscious US Gulf Coast, and is well worth discovering its secrets —whether for an detour scenic drive off I-10 or a one week vacation getaway.

  22. 10 Abandoned Places To See On A Road Trip In The U.S.

    Between 1819 and 1826, Cahawba was an incredible antebellum river town and the state capital of Alabama. ... Garnet Ghost Town is a perfect road trip retreat. Summerwind Mansion, Land O' Lakes ...

  23. The Birmingham Historic Touring Company

    Step into Birmingham's storied past with the Birmingham Historic Touring Company, a locally owned and operated company. We offer an array of engaging experiences, from guided tours that provide a unique window into the city's vibrant history, showcasing its architectural marvels, cultural gems, and intriguing stories, to exclusive ghost tours that uncover the city's spine-tingling mysteries ...