1100 Hwy 78 E
Jasper, AL 35501
Phone: (205) 387-7710
Fax: (205) 387-7703
The former home of William Brockman Bankhead, a speaker at the United States House of Representatives, the Bankhead House and Heritage Center is a stunning example of Colonial Revival architecture. The three-story colonial house has since been restored by the Walker Area Community Foundation. Most of the artifacts in the house belonged to the Bankheads including a desk from the Alabama legislature. Take a walk back in time with a visit here. The house is open for tours from Tuesdays to Fridays between 10:00a and 4:00p, and every third Saturday between 10:00a and 2:00p. Admission is free.
One of the largest earth and rock-filled dams in the eastern United States, Lewis Dam is 2,200 feet in length and 300 feet high. With 500 miles of shoreline and a length of 35 miles, Smith Lake reservoir extends through three counties. Managed by Alabama Power Company, which uses it to generate hydroelectric power, the lake and dam draw over 40,000 visitors each year. Smith Lake is ranked number one in Alabama for spotted bass fishing and number three for crappie fishing. It has been the location for five world-record catches of spotted bass. The Smith Dam tailrace is the only location in Alabama where fishermen can catch rainbow trout, which like its cold water. In addition, Smith Lake offers waterskiing, tent and RV camping, picnic pavilions, a water slide and a swimming pool.
Famous for its "miracle mile", Rickwood Caverns State Park is an absolute delight for those with an interest in speleology. The underground caverns that make up the famed miracle mile comprise fascinating limestone formations and passages with beautiful lighting. As the cavern has been carved from the seabed, its walls and ceiling feature many fossils, shells and other signs of marine life. Aside from the natural wonders, the park boasts facilities like a swimming pool, hiking trails, campground, gem mining and more.