Beyond the beautiful campus, Tuscaloosa also has great parks and outdoor activities to offer for those warm, sunny spring afternoons. You may be surprised at just how close some of these beautiful spots are to your residence hall or apartment. Whether you are looking to relax in your hammock by the Riverwalk or hike miles into the great outdoors, Tuscaloosa has so much to offer.

Festivals and Activities

Tuscaloosa is full of festivals and activities throughout the year! Check out the list below and visit a few to immerse yourself in T-Town culture.

Heritage Week

Held in late March or early April, the Tuscaloosa Preservation Society hosts tours of historic sites and antebellum homes around town. There are other activities including the Tuscaloosa Belles, children’s activities, and lectures from various speakers.

Kentuck Festival of the Arts

This festival attracts 30,000 visitors to the area to take in over 300 booths filled with modern art and is considered to be “the best of all things Southern.” This festival is held during the third week of October.

Cherry Blossom/Sakura Festival

The Sakura Festival celebrates Tuscaloosa’s friendship with our sister city of Narashino, Japan. These events hosted throughout March include exhibits focusing on Japanese culture. Special events include an art and Haiku contest and a tea ceremony.

Tuscaloosa Paddleboard

Located at Lake Nicol Park or at the Riverwalk Condominiums, Tuscaloosa Paddleboard offers paddleboard rentals if you’re looking for fun in the sun. You can call ahead to make a rental or visit them in person.

Places to Visit

In addition to festivals throughout the year, Tuscaloosa has many nature trails and parks to offer a visit into the great outdoors.

Tuscaloosa Riverwalk

The Riverwalk is a popular place amongst students and locals alike. The Riverwalk offers a great running trail with a scenic view of the Black Warrior River. The trail is approximately 4.5. miles long and filled with multiple places to rest and take in the beauty of the river. In the late fall and spring, the trails are brimming with students getting exercise by running or biking. The trail begins at Manderson Landing located right across Jack Warner from Presidential Village.

Lake Tuscaloosa

Another hot spot for students is Lake Tuscaloosa. Here, students enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming. Located just 5 miles north of Northport and Tuscaloosa, if you are looking for a quick lake day with friends, Lake Tuscaloosa is the place to go.

Hurricane Creek Park

Located on Old Birmingham Highway about 6 miles from campus, Hurricane Creek Park is a scenic area offering 5 miles of hiking trails and swimming access in the creek. In the fall, Hurricane Creek Park is painted with the many colors of fall leaves that have been untouched for years. Many students especially those who love hiking flock here in the spring and fall to experience the quiet beauty.

Lake Lurleen State Park

This beautiful park located less than 10 minutes from campus offers students 23 hiking trails and a beautiful 250-acre lake filled with fish, boating access, paddle boarding, and a small beach. With all of the different activities this park offers, Lake Lurleen has something for everyone!