Guntersville is blessed with an abundance of recreational opportunities. You can choose from an assortment of lake or land activities such as skiing, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, birding, or just taking a stroll on one of our beautiful walking trails.
Parks and Recreation Department
The Guntersville Parks and Recreation Department offer an Olympic-sized pool, lighted tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, a gymnasium, meeting rooms, parks, playgrounds, walking trails and bicycle trails. Guntersville offers numerous city parks totaling 175 acres along the lake. Lakeside park facilities include: a new boat docking area, a beach and designated swimming areas, a public fishing pier, boat launches, and picnic areas.
Fishing is big business in Guntersville. In February 2014 Guntersville served as host of the Bassmaster Classic (Super Bowl of Bass Fishing). Thousands of visitors flocked to the lake to catch a glimpse of professional anglers landing the “big one”. Numerous fishing tournaments are held on Lake Guntersville every year. Over the years, Guntersville has proudly hosted over 30 BASSMASTER events. In the last few years, Guntersville has received national publicity, as ESPN2 airs the footage from the Guntersville tournaments.
Lake Guntersville State Park, located seven miles from downtown Guntersville, the State Park offers camping, a charming hotel and conference center, lakeside cabins, or mountain chalets. The State Park also offers visitors a beautiful golf course, birding sites, and several hiking trails.
Cathedral Cavern & Buck’s Pocket are two other State Parks located less than 20 miles from Guntersville. Cathedral Caverns, a 14-acre underground world, is home to the world’s largest stalagmite, largest cavern entrance, largest stalagmite forest, and largest frozen waterfall. Buck’s Pocket State Park is a unique canyon covering 2,000 acres. Buck’s Pocket offers picnic areas and hiking trails.
Guntersville is home to 3 sites on the North Alabama Birding Trail. On the Guntersville sites you might see Red-breasted Mergansers, Lesser Scaup, Gadwalls, as well as Common Loons, Hooded Grebes, and Red-necked Grebes. Other species to look for during the year include Double crested Cormorant, Osprey, and the Bald Eagle, all of which nest nearby.