Alabama Mountains County List

Alabama State Map – shaded relief put out by the USGS.

  • Alabama Mountains Region
    • Madison County

      The topography in the southern and eastern portions of the county is dominated by the dissected remnants of the Cumberland Plateau, such as Keel Mountain, Monte Sano Mountain and Green Mountain. The northern and western portions of the county are flatter. via Madison County, Alabama – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    • Jackson County

      According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,918 km² (1,127 square miles). Nearly 1,079 square miles (2,794 km²) of it is land, and 48 square miles (124 km²) of it (4.26%) is water. Much of it is located in the Appalachians.

      Of special interest is Russell Cave National Monument, which is located in Doran Cove, approximately 5 miles west of the town of Bridgeport. Russell Cave is an important archaeological site that was excavated in 1956 by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society. via Jackson County, Alabama – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    • Franklin County

      Franklin County has award winning bass fishing lakes, with largemouth bass over 15 pounds. Boating, water skiing and camping? We have that too. Nature lovers, come explore one of the many beautiful canyons we have to offer, or take a hike on a Sierra Club trail. via Franklin County Chamber of Commerce .

    • Lawrence County

      The Bankhead National Forest & Sipsey Wilderness Area spans 180,000 acres and nearly a third of Lawrence County. Outdoor enthusiasts from across the nation come to explore deep canyons, towering cliffs and hidden waterfalls that have inspired nature photographers for years. via Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce : Festivals, Field Trips & Fun.

    • Morgan County

      Comprising approximately 575 square miles, Morgan County is located in the north-central part of the state. The northern half of the county lies in the Highland Rim physiographic section, and the southern half lies in the Cumberland Plateau section. via Encyclopedia of Alabama: Morgan County.

    • Marshall County

      Marshall County has a varied terrain that lends itself to many trails. There are 33.5 miles of hiking trails in Lake Guntersville State Park alone. via Marshall County, AL Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    • DeKalb County

      The mountains of NE Alabama are full of many delightful surprises that entertain the mind, body and senses. Enjoy nature hikes through state and national parks and preserves, view scenic waterfalls and majestic overlooks, ride your bike through forested paths that lead to hidden waterfalls and pristine brooks and fly fish from the Little River. Feeling a little more adventurous? Go horseback riding at a Dude Ranch, rappel from sheer rock cliffs, Snow Ski at Cloudmont Ski Resort, kayak the raging Little River and go underground to the “Looking Glass Lakes” at Sequoyah Caverns. via Mountains of Fun!.

    • Winston County

      Comprising 614 square miles, Winston County is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in northwest Alabama. It is part of the Cumberland Plateau physiographic section, and its terrain varies from low, rolling hills covered with evergreens to spectacular gorges, rock bluffs, and hardwood forests. Much of Winston County sits on the Warrior Coal Field, and the county's soils are a mixture of plateau and coastal soils. via Encyclopedia of Alabama: Winston County.

    • Cullman County

      Comprising approximately 738 square miles, Cullman County lies wholly within the Cumberland Plateau physiographic section. via Encyclopedia of Alabama: Cullman County.

    • Blount County

      Located in northeastern Alabama, within the Birmingham metro area, Blount County is known for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor attractions, including rock climbing and kayaking on the rapids on tributaries of the Black Warrior River. Blount County's proximity to Birmingham makes it one of the fastest growing counties in Alabama. via Encyclopedia of Alabama: Blount County.

    • Cherokee County

      Comprising approximately 553 square miles, Cherokee County lies in the northeastern area of the state. The majority of the county lies within the Valley and Ridge physiographic section, but the northeastern and northwestern corners lie within the Cumberland Plateau physiographic section. via Encyclopedia of Alabama: Cherokee County.

  • Alabama Metropolitan Region (metro region .pdf map from Travel Alabama)
    • Etowan County

      Comprising approximately 542 square miles, Etowah County lies in the northeastern area of the state, wholly within the Cumberland Plateau physiographic section. via Encyclopedia of Alabama: Etowah County.

    • Jefferson County

      Located in the north-central part of the state on the southern extension of the Appalachian Mountains, Jefferson County lies within the Cumberland Plateau and Tennessee Valley and Ridge physiographic sections. The county encompasses 1,119 square miles that run through the center of the iron, coal, and limestone belt of the South. Shades Mountain in southeastern Jefferson County is the county's highest elevation, at 1,150 feet. via Encyclopedia of Alabama: Jefferson County.

    • St. Clair County

      Encompassing 646 square miles, St. Clair County lies at the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountain Range and is divided by Backbone Mountain. The county is part of the Valley and Ridge physiographic section. The valleys consist of fertile, limestone soils, whereas the ridges consist of acidic, sandstone soils that support wooded areas made up of oak and shortleaf pine trees. via Encyclopedia of Alabama: St. Clair County.

    • Calhoun County

      Comprising approximately 611 square miles, Calhoun County lies in the northeastern area of the state, wholly within the Appalachian Valley and Ridge physiographic section. via Encyclopedia of Alabama: Calhoun County.

    • Cleburne County

      Comprising approximately 561 square miles, Cleburne County lies in the northeastern area of the state, wholly within the Piedmont physiographic section. via Encyclopedia of Alabama: Cleburne County.

    • Shelby County

      Comprising approximately 800 square miles, Shelby County lies at the southern end of the Appalachian mountain range. Double Oak Mountain divides the county into the Coosa Valley to the east and the Cahaba Valley to the west. via Encyclopedia of Alabama: Shelby County.

    • Talladega County

      Consisting of more than 750 square miles, Talladega County lies in the Coosa River Valley at the southern end of the Appalachian mountain range. A line running from the southwest to the northeast divides the county between the Valley and Ridge physiographic section to the north and the Piedmont physiographic section to the south. Although the limestone valleys have been cleared for farming, the uplands and the Talladega National Forest at the eastern edge of the county remain heavily wooded with oak and pine trees. via Encyclopedia of Alabama: Talladega County.

    • Clay County

      Comprising approximately 605 square miles, Clay County lies in the east-central part of the state, wholly within the Piedmont Upland physiographic region. via Encyclopedia of Alabama: Clay County.

Tennessee Mountain County List

Cades Cove

The counties and their divisions are:

  • East Tennessee

    East Tennessee, a region abounding in urban areas, natural beauty, attractions and athletics. Traverse the Smoky Mountains or hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Cruise into one (or all) of the diverse urban areas in East Tennessee including Knoxville, Chattanooga, Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City. via Tennessee Vacation → East Tennessee Region.

    • Northeast Region

      It only takes one visit to understand why the Northeast Region is so rich in culture, history and outdoor fun. Whether you find your adventure in the sounds of NASCAR, the sights of the great outdoors, the heritage of a historical landmark or the plot of a compelling story, the Northeast region has something for you. viaTennessee Vacation → Northeast Subregion.

          • Hancock County
          • Hawkins County
          • Sullivan County
          • Johnson County
          • Greene County
          • Washington County
          • Carter County
          • Unico County


    • Knoxville and the Middle-east Region

      Stop in downtown Knoxville for riverfront dining, historic buildings and walking tours, shopping and nightlife in the Old City and historic Market Square. See a concert, play or symphony performance at one the city’s fine theaters. Learn about regional history at the East Tennessee History Center. Indulge in great tastes and family festivals. via Tennessee Vacation → Knoxville & Middle East Subregion.

        • Scott County
        • Campbell County
        • Claiborne County
        • Union County
        • Grainger County
        • Hamblin County
        • Morgan County
        • Anderson County
        • Knox County
        • Jefferson County
        • Roan County
        • Loudon County
        • Monroe County


    • Smokey Mountain Region

      Visit the Smoky Mountain Region and find yourself enveloped in a panorama of splendid juxtapositions. Here, adventure, heritage and natural diversity co-exist in charming harmony, and family fun is found around every corner. It is a region of sprawling superlatives, and how to enjoy them awaits your choosing.

      Immerse yourself in natural beauty in the surrounds of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Treat yourself to the spectacular views that reward a strenuous hike to the Chimney Tops or take the family for a morning cruise through the history rich Cades Cove Loop. If you would rather explore below the surface, a trip to Forbidden Caverns or Tuckaleechee Caverns is not to be missed, or climb high above it all with a walk to the top of Clingman’s Dome and see 100 miles of the state at once.

      via Tennessee Vacation → Smoky Mountains Subregion.

        • Blount County
        • Sevier County
        • Cooke County


    • Chattanooga and the Southeast Region

      Chattanooga is a city with something for everyone, from the world-famous attractions like Ruby Falls and Rock City to the bustling fun of the downtown riverfront and its aquarium and IMAX. Boat rides, historic tours and Civil War heritage, shopping, art museums, restaurants and nightlife await in the downtown and Bluff View areas. And for those who want a slower pace, the Overhill Heritage Association offers scenic byways, lakes and rivers, crafts and antiques, gardens and farms. via Tennessee Vacation → Chattanooga & Southeast Subregion.

        • Marion County
        • Grundy County
        • Sequatchie County
        • Bledsoe County
        • Rhea County
        • Hamilton County
        • Meigs County
        • McMinn County
        • Bradley County
        • Polk County
        • Franklin County (actually in Middle Tennessee, but not the Upper Cumberland area)


  • Middle Tennessee – Upper Cumberland

    The Upper Cumberland area of middle Tennessee has an exciting mix of things to do. With beautiful lakes, parks and refuges and resorts, you can spend all of your time outdoors. You can go underground in Cumberland Caverns or travel back in time at Civil War sites. Take in some of the South’s best professional theater at the Cumberland County Playhouse. Shop for one-of-a-kind fine art pieces and jewelry at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville. Whatever you choose, you won’t be bored on the Cumberland Plateau. via Tennessee Vacation → Upper Cumberland Subregion.

      • Cumberland County
      • White County
      • Putnam County
      • Overton County
      • Fentress County
      • Van Buren


Welcome to Appalachian Mountain Dreams


Appalachian Mountain Dreams is:

  • A place to allow me to share the/my dream of living and traveling in the Appalachian Mountains.
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