A March 2006 trip
to Cullman by NiteOwlTX
Quote: A trip to Cullman teaches one to forget stereotypes, and view the surroundings as they are; no matter how out of place they really are.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 15, 2006
Blount County Covered Bridges
The first thing that you'll notice is the view. Located atop Ebell Mountain, the park is 1,300 feet high. There is even a lookout cabin that takes you to the edge of the cliff without any fear of falling over. From here, you can see miles to all the surrounding hills and mountains. The view is absolutely beautiful.
Second, there are a couple of trails that run through the park. These trails are paved, so they will appeal to those seeking exercise. Hikers and wilderness seekers can find better trails at other sites in the area.
There are also a large selection of pavilions and park tables for groups and families to have an outing in the park. There is even a reception hall that is available for rent for large get-togethers.
In the center of the park is the children's area. There is a small selection of playground equipment, like swings, see-saws, etc. There is also a handful of historic buildings, including the Murphee family pioneer home built in 1820, a pioneer farm house and stable, and a one-room school house.
Overall, the variety of activities make this an interesting stop, but it doesn't adequately cover anything well enough to capture the imagination. The view is outstanding, but you can find an equally impressive view at other attractions in the area. The nature trails, historic park, and playground are just too little to make a lasting impression. Therefore, I recommend this attraction only for those passing through the area looking for a nice place to stop to stretch the legs, let the kids release some energy, or take a quick picnic. This is not a attraction you should drive out of your way to see.
One final note: I should also mention the monument to the Confederacy. Right next to one of the pavilions is a marble monument that reads, "This monument is dedicated to the memory of the brave and courageous men from Blount County Alabama who unselfishly fought for the Confederacy during the war between the states." I've seen a couple similar to this in Mississippi and other parts of Georgia, but I thought it was worth mentioning for those of us from outside the area.
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Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
3224 County Road 548
Cullman, Alabama 35077
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1600 Saint Bernard Avenue SE
Cullman, Alabama 35055
Cullman County Museum
211 2nd Avenue NE
Cullman, Alabama 35055
Natural Bridge of Alabama
Highway 278 West
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