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Alabama's Canebrake

Area Attraction PhotoLocated in west central Alabama, the Canebrake is an area with a well-defined sense of history. Antebellum and Victorian homes, Civil War and Civil Rights sites, and ancient Indian mounds dot the region. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Canebrake boasts access to not only the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and Black Warrior River, but to many lakes and smaller tributaries as well. These waterways form the foundation for the area's rich wildlife, paleontology and geology, and outdoor recreational experiences.

Moundville Archaeological Park

Area Attraction PhotoMoundville Archaeological Park overlooks the Black Warrior River. A National Historic Landmark, the 320-acre park preserves 26 pre-historic, Mississippian-era Indian mounds. Visitors can stoll along a boardwalk nature trail winding through the forest and along the river, scale the Temple Mound to view a life-sized diorama of ancient Indian rituals, eat lunch in the picnic area, or set up a tent in the wooded campground. The Jones Archaeological Museum contains exhibits on the culture of Native Americans along with artifacts unearthed during the 1930s excavations. Visitors can view videos on Native American lifeways in the museum theater. Each fall, the week-long Moundville Native American Festival, held during the first full week of October, draws thousands to celebrate our Southeastern Indian heritage. The campground has 31 spaces equipped with water, electrical hookup, RV pads and grills. The bathhouse provides modern showers and toilets. A dumping station is adjacent to the campsites.

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