Love lakes, mountain views, and cathedrals? Get away to Guntersville!

Escape to the outdoors in the city of Guntersville, which acts as a gateway to the lake of the same name and the surrounding nature area. The city’s lakeside setting provides opportunities for sports, hiking trails and outdoor relaxation. Experience its slower pace of life and the quiet of its serene waters.

For insight into the history of the town, stop at the Guntersville Museum. Discover how the town was founded in 1785 by John Gunter and how the economy here boomed during the era of the railroad. The free museum displays hundreds of objects relating to the area and documents natural history, local art and archeological finds.

Bring your binoculars to spot a bald eagle on the lakeshore. After ecological efforts to boost its population, the national bird of America has returned to the area in strength. In Lake Guntersville State Park, choose from several hiking trails which vary in difficulty and length. Cyclists and walkers can also follow the paths running around the edge of the peninsula.

Enjoy laid-back pursuits within the park area. Play a round at the 18-hole Eagle’s Nest Golf Course, which has a scenic mountainside location. The park also offers horseback riding, boat rentals and places to fish. Annual fishing competitions attract keen anglers to the city, but the lake is also popular among amateurs.

Spend an evening watching a show at the Whole Backstage Theater, which hosts performances by a local troupe of the same name.

From Guntersville, it’s easy to reach other attractions in the nearby countryside by car. Hike through breathtaking terrain at Buck’s Pocket State Park. Nearby High Falls Park features waterfalls. Go underground at Cathedral Caverns State Park, a series of caves north of Guntersville city.

The best way to reach Guntersville is via Huntsville International Airport, which is just an hour’s drive away. Combine nature with urban comforts on a trip to this Southern city.

Known for

Fishing, Family-Friendly and Lakes

Top Hotels in Guntersville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Wyndham Garden Lake Guntersville
3 out of 5
2140 Gunter Avenue, Guntersville, AL
$100
per night
Sep 30 - Oct 1
3.9/5Very Good! (353 reviews)

"Peaceful. Pub and Restaurant kind of were disappointing with what seemed to be frozen food reheated at a high price, but presented in a nice surrounding. The location was nice, on lake near everything. The room was dated, lamp did not function. Staff was SUPERB AND VERY ACCOMMODATING ANETTE IS FIVE ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Wyndham Garden Lake Guntersville
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Hampton Inn Guntersville
2.5 out of 5
14451 Us Highway 431, Guntersville, AL
$134
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.6/5Wonderful! (158 reviews)

"Boat slips available on property. Restaurants on property"…"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

Hampton Inn Guntersville
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Lakeside Inn
2 out of 5
14040 US Highway 431, Guntersville, AL
$57
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
3.3/5 (192 reviews)

"This hotel is set up well for fishermen. Plenty of boat parking with electrical hookups. Rooms have also been recently upgraded and the staff is friendly."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Lakeside Inn

Popular things to do in Guntersville

Wheeler Lake
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Wheeler Lake

Find out about the history of Huntsville when you take a trip to Wheeler Lake. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this family-friendly area.

Guntersville Lake
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Guntersville Lake

You can find out about the history of Scottsboro with a visit to Guntersville Lake. Discover the shops in this family-friendly area, or seek out its fishing spots.

Top activities in Guntersville

US Space and Rocket Center Admission
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US Space and Rocket Center Admission

$25

Visit: U.S. Space and Rocket Center, 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805-3371 Located in Huntsville, Alabama, the U.S Space & Rocket Center is recognized as one of the most comprehensive U.S. manned space flight hardware museums and is also the largest spaceflight museum in the world.