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Moulton is a city in Lawrence County, Alabama, and is part of the Decatur Metropolitan Area. Whether you're here for business or family fun, you'll feel right at home with our many outdoor activities!

Parks

Getting the family outdoors has never been easier than visiting one of the eight public parks in the Decatur-Morgan County area. Sports enthusiasts will find plenty of places to play baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, tennis, and most of the parks offer lighted walking paths.

Parks in the Decatur-Morgan County

For more information, visit the Decatur and Hartselle Parks and Recreation websites.

Adventure Park

Adventure Park (Central Parkway/Beltline Road/Sandlin Road) offers a playground, lighted shelter, six tennis courts, six softball fields, soccer field, picnic areas and a one and a half-mile lighted walking trail.

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Delano Park

Delano Park (Prospect Drive/6th AVE/Somerville Road/Gordon Drive) is the oldest park in the city of Decatur. The park features the historic WPA Rose Garden that was reconstructed in recent years according to the original plan for the park. Other features include a Splash Pad, Trail of History, tennis courts, playground and picnic shelter.

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Hospitality Park

Hospitality Park is located on Highway 31 marking the north entrance into the city of Decatur. The park offers bird sighting opportunities and picnic areas. The park is a favorite local fishing area.

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Sparkman Park

Sparkman Park is located just south of Decatur in Hartselle. The park offers a public swimming pool, baseball and softball fields, picnic areas, playgrounds and a lighted walking trail.

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John Mark Stallings S.N.A.P. Playground

This playground was built specifically to be accessible by all children, including those with disabilities. The playground is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is free. The park's splash pad is open through October. The park is located at 406 Nanceford Road behind the Civic Center in Hartselle.

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Rhodes Ferry Park

Rhodes Ferry Park (Harborview/Market/Oak) is on the banks of the Tennesse River. Summertime Concerts by the River and other local events are held in the park. Rhodes Ferry Park features a playground, picnic shelters and lighted walks throughout the park.

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Frazier Park/Japanese Gardens

Frazier Park (309 Cherry St. NE), located at the corner of Line and Ferry Streets in the Old Decatur Historic District, features the Daikin Japanese garden. The authentic Japanese Tea Garden was given to the City of Decatur by the Daikin American Corporation. Plans are underway at Frazier Park to add a traditional English Garden.

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Founder's Park

Founder's Park is a two-acre green space fronting the historic 1833 Old State Bank. The park is being developed to honor the events and leaders that have shaped Decatur's history and provides an important link between the Old State Bank, the historic downtown and residential districts, the riverfront and other local attractions.

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William B. Bankhead National Forest

The William B. Bankhead National Forest is one of Alabama's four National Forests, covering 181,230 acres. It is home to Alabama's only National Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey Fork.

Walking Tours & Trails

Click the tabs to the left to scroll through the different walking tours and trails available in Decatur-Morgan County.

The Amen Trail is located in Decatur and throughout Morgan County. Many of the churches are at least 100 years old, on its original site, and still hold services today. This self-guided tour recognizes churches that define the heart of Decatur and Morgan County's rich and diverse cultural and spiritual heritage.

Houses of worship cause us to pause, to reflect, and to witness the most important events in our lives: birth, marriage, and death. Each of these churches has a story to tell. One can never know a church too well, for each time one visits, one discovers new things.

Two of the 19 churches listed on the Amen Trail are also a part of North Alabama's Hallelujah Trail, which was published in The National Geographic's Driving Tours of Appalachia.

The Amen Trail begins at St. John's Episcopal Church (202 Gordon Dr. SE) and ends at Lacey's Springs United Methodist Church (1036 Hwy. 36, Lacey Springs).


Wheeler Wildlife Refuge

The Wheeler Wildlife Refuge encompasses 34,500-acres of naturally preserved woodlands offering a unique opportunity to experience wildlife in its natural habitat. Established in 1938 as an experimental home for waterfowl, the Givens Wildlife Interpretive Center serves as the welcome center for the refuge. It is also one of the South's largest educational centers for waterfowl and wildlife study. The center features a large glass enclosed observatory and is open to self-guided tours with displays, pamphlets and wildlife films. The interpretive theme explains the importance of the area, the waterfowl and the wildlife resources.

Located at Highway 67, Decatur. The Givens Center is open free to the public daily October thru February from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and March thru September, Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 256-350-6639.

to learn more visit the website www.fws.gov/wheeler.

Hunting

Outdoor enthusiasts have long enjoyed the challenge of hunting in and around Morgan County. A variety of wildlife, including turkey and whitetail deer, and waterfowl can provide many hours of sporting pleasure.

The Alabama Department of Conservation, Game & Fish Division, regulates seasons, bag limits and license fees for deer, turkey and small game. Hunting licenses are available throughout Morgan County at many sporting good stores and from the License Commissioner (256-351-4770) at the Morgan County Courthouse in Decatur. Licenses, complete permit requirments and state hunting regulations are available from the License Unit, Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by calling 1-888- 848-6887 or online at www.dcnr.state.al.us.

Successfully completing an approved hunter education course is mandatory for all first time hunting license buyers born on or after August 1, 1977. Hunting licenses are required for residents 16 years or older and under 65 years of age and non residents 16 years of age and older.

Bankhead National Forest:
Bankhead National Forest, located just southwest of Morgan County, offers some 180,000 acres of natural wildlife habitat and recreation areas. The forest also includes Alabama's first National Wilderness Area (Sipsey Wilderness) that encompasses over 26,000 acres of untouched forest. Hunting, as well as, camping, fishing and hiking are permitted in the Sipsey but motorized vehicles of any kind, including all-terrain vehicles, are not allowed. Bankhead is a popular destination for turkey and white tail deer hunting. For complete information on hunting in Bankhead National Forest contact, USDA-Forest Service at (205) 489-5111.

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge:
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is Alabama's oldest and largest national refuge. Public hunting on Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is permitted on approximately 18,000 acres. Specific hunting dates are established each year for squirrel, raccoon, possum, rabbit, quail and deer. Hunting is allowed Monday- Saturday.

For complete hunting guidelines on the refuge, contact: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, 256-350-6639 or visit www.wheeler.fws.gov.

Fishing & Boating

The massive 67,100 acre Wheeler Lake and the Tennessee River embrace the entire northern border of Morgan County and we've taken strenuous efforts to maintain its' beauty and enhance the recreation opportunities it offers for our residents and visitors alike. Four quality marinas, lakeside parks, and premier launch facilities are easily accessible.

Ingalls Harbor

The new Ingalls Harbor features spacious launch ramps (up to 10 boats at a time!), 1,088-linear-foot dock, lighted parking and ramps, and 158 paved truck/trailer parking spaces. A new events pavilion seats up to 1,200.

Located at 701 Market Street, NW
Contact: 256-341-4930

Marinas

  • Riverwalk Marina located on the north bank of the Tennessee River includes private slips and boathouses, public launching ramps; vending area, and dock side gas/oil.
    256-340-9170
  • Brickyard Landing South bank of the Tennessee River. Includes 240 dry-docks, boat repair, waterfront marina store, dock side gas/oil. No public boat ramp.
    256-350-1449
  • Jay's Landing Marina South bank of the Tennessee River. Includes wet-slips, vending and public launching for a fee.
    256-350-4722


Birding

Decatur-Morgan County is home to hundreds of species of birds, making it a natural destination for the thousands of bird watchers that come to the area each year. Decatur-Morgan County is part of the Central Loop of the North Alabama Birding Trail and is host to the annual North Alabama Birding Festival. Bird watchers can find many species of waterfowl and other birds in the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.

North Alabama Birding Trail

Decatur-Morgan County is part of the Central Loop of the North Alabama Birding Trail. Opened in 2005, the North Alabama Birding Trail features over 50 designated stations that allow visitors to observe the birds in their native habitats. There are eighteen stations located along the Central loop, including eight within the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.

To learn more visit www.fws.gov/wheeler

Geocaching

Using the ever-increasingly popular technology of GPS mapping systems, Geocaching connects individuals from around the world in a modern day treasure hunt. The sport of Geocaching, much like a traditional scavenger hunt, allows players to create caches around the world and share their location coordinates for others to find using their GPS units. Caches, including numerous ones located in Decatur and Morgan County, are listed on websites such as Geocaching.com. Caches contain at least a logbook to track the cache's visitors, and may contain other objects such as maps, books, software, or even money. Not all caches contain treasures.

The rules of Geocaching are simple.
  1. If the cache contains a treasure, you may take it.
  2. If you take a treasure, you must replace it with something of equal or greater value.
  3. Be sure to write about it in the logbook.
  4. Return the cache to the EXACT location you found it.


Decatur Geocaching Passport

Decatur has joined the geocaching trend by hiding several caches throughout the city. The caches are located at some of the city's favorite attractions including the Civil War Walking Tour, the historic Princess Theatre for the Performing Arts, and the Carnegie Visual Arts Center.

To participate, download a copy of the Decatur Geocaching Passport, or pick one up at the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 719 6th Avenue SE. Next, visit Geocaching.com to get the coordinates for the seven geocaching sites included in the Passport.

Once you have found all of the caches and received a stamp for each location, bring your completed passport to the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau to receive a prize.

Click here to download the Decatur Convention and Visitor's Bureau Geocaching Passport.

Civil War Geocaching Passport

To participate, download a copy of the Appalachia Civil War Passport below or visit the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 719 6th Avenue SE in Decatur. Next, visit www.geocaching.com and create a free account to get the coordinates for the twenty geocaching sites included in the Passport. Coordinates may be obtained by clicking on Play and selecting Hide & Seek a Cache from the drop down menu from which participants may enter the Cache Name or the GC code as provided in the passport. After finding the caches and self-stamping your passport from the stamp located within the cache, bring the completed passport to the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau to receive a commemorative coin of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War.

Civil War, the Home Front in Alabama Geocaching Passport

For more information about geocaching, including location coordinates for caches from the Decatur Geocaching Passport, visit www.geocaching.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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