My Outdoorsy Southeast USA Bucketlist

This winter (last winter, now) instead of making a yearly state to-do list, I decided to just make a bigger state bucket list.  Then I decided to turn this into a little series.  I wanted to do specific states that I spend a lot of time in, want to spend a lot of time in, or am close to a lot.

I also wanted to do more general regional bucket lists for all the other things I want to do, which is a lot.  They are all pretty outdoor focused with a few non-outdoorsy things, too.

Next up in this little series is the southeast!  This is a region I would love to see a lot more of, so I’m very excited to work on this southeast bucket list!  I already have a post for Florida and North Carolina, so they won’t be included here.

As I do things and write posts for them, I’ll update this to link back to those.  If I do something and don’t have a post, I’ll just cross it out.

I would like to do one a month with 12 total.  These bucket lists are partially to help me keep track of things, but also to inspire you to get out there, too.   You can find my other bucket list posts here.


Alabama bucket list

  • Explore Little River Canyon National Preserve
  • Visit the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville
  • Visit Noccalula Falls Park
  • Visit Unclaimed Baggage, the only lost luggage store in the world
  • Visit the Gulf Shore
  • Explore Dismals Canyon
  • Hike in Oak Mountain State Park
  • Visit DeSoto State Park
  • Climb Cheaha Mountain
  • Visit the Moundville Archeological Park
  • Explore Cathedral Caverns
  • Relax on Dauphin Island
  • Admire the fall colors
  • Kayak to see eagles at the Coastal Bird Fest
  • Do a ghost tour in Birmingham
  • See the Jordan-Hare-Sized meteor crater
  • Defy gravity on Gravity Hill Road (here’s an explanation of these gravity spots)
  • Explore Wind Creek State Park
Hot springs national park arkansas in the fall

Arkansas bucket list

  • Visit Hot Springs National Park
  • Paddle down the Buffalo National River when the dogwoods are blooming
  • Look for the mysterious Gurdon Light
  • Dig for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park
  • Attend the Johnson County Peach Festival
  • Kayak on the Mulberry River
  • Do the Talimena Scenic Drive
  • Go to The Blytheville Book Company (formerly That Bookstore)
  • Climb Pinnacle Mountain
  • Hike on Petit Jean Mountain
  • See Six Finger Falls
  • Visit Bayou Bartholomew, the longest Bayou in the world
  • Explore the Arkansas Grand Canyon
  • Visit Devil’s Den State Park
  • Stay in a haunted hotel in Eureka Springs (Crescent and Basin Park Hotels)
  • Drive the Boston Mountains Scenic Loop
  • See Hemmed-in-Hollow Falls
  • Explore Blanchard Springs Caverns
  • Drive the Scenic 7 Byway
  • Drive the Greers Ferry Loop to Pinnacle Mountain
  • Drive the Arkansas section of the Great River Road
  • Drive the Pig Trail
  • Hike to the Hawksbill Crag
  • Hike White Rock Mountain
  • Watch the sunrise (or set) at Mount Nebo
  • See Eden Falls
  • See Cedar Falls
  • Visit Mount Magazine
  • Explore the Richland Wildnerness area

Georgia bucket list

  • Hike up Brasstown Bald
  • Bike the Silver Comet Trail
  • Walk the 270-foot swinging bridge over to Toccoa River
  • See Jacks Creek Falls
  • Explore Savannah
  • Visit Cumberland Island
  • See Tallulah Gorge State Park
  • Paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp
  • See the tiny doors in Atlanta
  • Explore Cloudland Canyon State Park
  • Visit Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island
  • Explore Providence Canyon to feel like you’re in Utah
  • Visit Helen to feel like you’re in Europe
  • Go to the Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race
  • Explore Fort Mountain State Park
  • Paddle around George L. Smith State Park
  • Explore Indian Springs State Park
  • Do a ghost tour in Savannah
  • Visit Stephen C. Foster State Park
  • See the Etowah Indian Mounds
  • See the world’s largest peanut
  • Go to the Georgia Peach Festival
  • Hike part of the Appalachian Trail
  • Explore Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area
  • Drive the Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway
  • Drive the Meriweather-Pike Scenic Byway
  • Drive the Colonial Coast Birding Trail
  • Visit the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
  • Drive the Ridge Valley Scenic Tour
  • Visit Amicalola Falls State Park
  • Explore Chattahoochee Bend State Park
  • See Helton Creek Falls
  • See Raven Cliff Falls
  • See Anna Ruby Falls
  • See Minnehaha Falls (not to be confused with the one in Minnesota)

Louisiana bucket list

Planning a trip to just New Orleans? Check out my New Orleans bucket list!

  • See Oak Alley Plantation
  • Go for an airboat ride in the Atchafalaya Basin
  • Visit Lake Martin
  • Eat beignets at Cafe du Monde
  • Explore the Kisatchie Bayou
  • Visit Jean Lafitte National Historic Park
  • Visit during Mardi Gras
  • Paddle on Caddo Lake
  • Visit Grand Isle
  • Explore Sabine National Wildlife Refuge
  • Eat some gumbo
  • Drive across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
  • Ride a streetcar in New Orleans
  • Visit the French Quarter of New Orleans
  • Drive the Creole Nature Trail
  • Hike the Wild Azalea Trail
  • Visit the Barataria Preserve
  • Explore Lake Claiborne State Park
  • Drive the San Bernardo Scenic Byway
  • Drive the Toledo Bend Forest Scenic Byway
  • Explore Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Visit Chemin-A-Haut State Park
  • Drive the Louisiana section of the Great River Road
  • Drive the Bayou Teche Scenic Byway
Photo by Margaret River

Kentucky bucket list

  • Visit Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Do a haunted tour at the Waverly Hills Sanitorium
  • Go to the Kentucky Derby
  • Drink mint juleps
  • Drive the Bourbon Trail
  • Look for a moonbow at Cumberland Falls
  • Hike up Black Mountain
  • Stay in a castle at Castlepost in Versailles
  • Explore the Red River Gorge
  • Visit Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
  • Explore Breaks Interstate Park
  • See Broke Leg Falls
    See Eagle Falls
  • Explore Carr Creek State Park
  • Visit Carter Caves State Resort Park
  • Explore the Columbus Belmont State Park
  • Drive Kentucky Highway 68 from Maysville to Paducah
  • Visit Wickliffe
  • Drive the Duncan Hines Scenic Byway
  • Explore Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
  • Drive the Kentucky section of the Great River Road
  • Visit Cumberland Gap
  • See Cumberland Falls
  • See Princess Falls
  • See Torrent Falls
  • See Flat Lick Falls

Mississippi bucket list

  • Drive the Natchez Trace
  • Take the ferry to Ship Island
  • Explore Clark Creek Nature Area
  • Visit the Petrified Forest
  • Follow the Tamale Trail
  • Visit Mississippi’s Little Grand Canyon
  • Explore Tishomingo State Park
  • Climb Woodall Mountain
  • Drive the Mississippi section of the Great River Road
  • See wildflowers bloom on the Wildflower Trail on US 51
  • Drive the Blues Highway
  • Drive the Secret Pearl River Run
  • Drive Highway 605
  • Drive the Grenada Lake Loop
  • Drive Beach Boulevard (Old Highway 1)
  • Drive Scenic Highway 18
  • Visit Gulf Islands National Seashore
hiking in congaree national park

South Carolina bucket list

  • Explore Charleston
  • Visit Myrtle Beach
  • Visit Congaree National Park
  • Explore Table Rock State Park
  • Visit Caesars Head State Park
  • Drive the Falling Waters Scenic Byway
  • Drive the Edisto Island National Scenic Byway
  • Explore Hunting Island State Park
  • Explore Huntington Island State Park
  • Visit Jones Gap State Park
  • Drive the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway
  • Drive the Savannah River National Scenic Byway
  • Visit Poinsett State Park
  • Do a ghost tour in Charleston
  • Paddle on Lake Jocassee
  • Visit Boneyard Beach
  • Relax on Hilton Head
  • Visit Burkes Beach on Hilton Head
  • Visit Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve by Folly Beach
  • Relax on Crescent Beach
  • See synchronized fireflies at Congaree National Park
  • See Venus Flytraps at the Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve
  • Visit Botany Bay
  • See the Angel Oak in Charleston
Rocky fork state park tennessee

Tennessee bucket list

  • Visit Rocky Fork State Park
  • Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Visit Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
  • Enjoy country music in Nashville
  • Admire the view from Lookout Mountain
  • Visit Ruby Falls
  • Check out the murals in Nashville
  • Explore Burgess Falls State Park
  • Explore Fall Creek Falls State Park
  • Drive “The Dragon” road on US-129
  • Visit Frozen Head State Park
  • Drive the Jack Trail
  • Drive the Promised Land Trail
  • Visit Cummins Falls State Park
  • Drive the Antebellum Trail
  • Drive the Upper Cumberland Wine Trail
  • Hike the Mountain Goat Trail
  • Visit South Cumberland State Park
  • Visit Dunbar Cave State Park
  • Visit Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
  • Drive the Middle Tennessee Waterfall Trail
  • Explore Short Springs State Natural Area
  • See Rutledge Falls
  • Visit South Cumberland State Park
  • See Greeter Falls
  • Explore Rock Island State Park
  • Explore Cumberland Caverns
  • Explore the Bone Cave State Natural Area
  • Drive the Little River Road
  • Drive the Sequatchie Valley Scenic Byway
  • See Altamont Falls
  • See Twin Falls
  • Drive the Cherohala Skyway
  • Explore Grundy State Forest
  • Drive to the top of Roan Mountain
  • Drive the Tennessee section of the Great River Road
  • Drive the Ocoee Scenic Byway
  • See Ozone Falls
  • Hike the Twin Arches Trail at Big South Fork
  • See Carmac Falls
  • See Machine Falls
  • See Sink Creek Falls

Virginia bucket list

  • Visit First Landing State Park
  • Explore Sky Meadows State Park
  • Explore Grayson Highlands State Park
  • Make a wish at the Luray Caverns Wishing Pool
  • See Cascade Falls
  • See Crabtree Falls
  • Go for a hot air balloon ride over Woodstock
  • Explore Occoneechee State Park
  • Visit Natural Tunnel State Park
  • Relax at Westmoreland State Park
  • Go stargazing at Staunton River State Park
  • Visit the Grand Canyon of the South at Breaks Interstate Park
  • Visit Pocahontas State Park
  • See the Natural Bridge
  • Visit Shenandoah National Park
  • Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Do a ghost tour in Lexington
  • Climb Mount Rogers
  • See Great Falls
  • Hike the Strickler Knob Trail
  • Hike White Oak Canyon Falls
  • Explore George Washington National Forest
  • Drive Route 5 out of Richmond
  • Visit Grayson Highlands State Park
  • Drive Skyline Drive

West Virginia bucket list

  • See Harpers Ferry
  • See the New River Gorge Bridge
  • Explore the Seneca Caverns
  • Relax at the Salt Cave and Spa
  • Paddle the Cheat River Water Trail
  • Ride the Cass Scenic Railroad
  • Hike the Endless Wall Trail
  • See the worlds largest teapot in Chester
  • Drivee the Rout 60 Midland Trail
  • Drive Route 32 through Canaan Valley
  • Explore Blackwater Falls State Park
  • Explore Hawks Nest State Park
  • Climb the Via Ferrata
  • Do a ghost tour at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
  • Do a ghost tour at the West Virginia Penitentiary
  • Go stargazing at Spruce Knob
  • Drive the Highland Scenic Highway
  • Hike to Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory
  • See the Mothman in Point Pleasant
  • Relax at the Berkeley Springs
  • Go rock climbing at Seneca Rocks
  • Visit Beech Fork State Park
  • Go to the Morgantown Hot Air Balloon Festival
  • Hike part of the Appalachian Trail
  • Explore Lost World Caverns

Have you done any of these?  Which ones?  Anything I should add to my Southeast bucket list?

4 thoughts on “My Outdoorsy Southeast USA Bucketlist

  1. Oh my goodness this must have taken aaaages to put together! I am so impressed with your planning. I have a list like this in my head of places I’d like to see in BC, but the more I visit, the more I discover, so the list keeps getting longer and longer!!

    I can’t wait to see the posts as you start ticking these off.

    1. Haha, thank you! It took a good portion of a day but I’ve been in a writing mood so I was chugging along pretty good.

      I feel you on that list! I have a massive one for Utah that’s constantly getting longer haha.

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