Friday, February 10, 2006

Today, I wanted to bring to your attention a well-known place to locals called Palisades Park near Oneonta, Alabama.

Located on top of Ebell mountain in Blount County, Palisades Park gives its visitors awe-inspiring birds-eye views of the Alabama countryside.
Its 60-foot craggy, sandstone cliff-face is popular year-round with rock climbers, but that isn't the only attraction to the park. Hiking trails wind their way on top and around the mountain, and tempt the adventurer in all of us to find new and exciting places hidden in the bluffs. It can be rough, but worth it as long as you are careful.

Shaded by southern pines, magnolias, dogwoods and other native trees, the park invites folks to stay awhile with its wooden swings and rock picnic tables. Sitting in a swing there with my grandfather last summer, I saw a hawk gliding in front of me at face level at the edge of the mountain. It startled me at first until I remembered that we were in his territory now, way up high on this mountain. He glided for while on a thermal current and then flew away. It was a beautiful sight.

The park also offers a pioneer village, including a log house from the 1820's, a schoolhouse, barn and playground for the kids to enjoy. Just a few steps away, on the face of the mountain, sits a quiet, log meditation chapel with a large window allowing the patrons to look out over the countryside below.

Picnic pavilions and two conference halls are also available for the various festivals and arts and craft shows that go on there.

Park hours are 9-5, January through March and 9-9 April through December.

Palisades Park (Blount County)
1225 Palisades Parkway
Oneonta, AL 35121
Phone 205 274-0017

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I'm just a mom of two, a crafter of jewelry, and to keep my sanity among the Yankees (kidding)I write southern-themed poetry, short stories and memoirs. I have been published on the web on sites such as USA Deep South, Southern Humorists, Muscadine Lines - A Southern Journal, Mosaic Minds and Long Story Short. I am also a contributor in Dew on the Kudzu and Weight-Loss where I write dieting humor.

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