Deerlick Creek Park: Located fourteen miles northeast of Tuscaloosa on Holt Lake, Deerlick Creek Park offers nature lovers an oasis in West Alabama. With biking and hiking trails, a ball court, an amphitheatre, a swimming beach, and a playground far from the noisy highway, Deerlick Creek is the perfect destination for a day trip. However, for those looking for longer getaways, the park also offers forty-six water and electric sites, complete with showers and laundry facilities, for the ultimate camping experience.

The Park at Manderson Landing: Strolling down the banks of the Black Warrior River can provide an escape from the tedious chores of studying or grading for the members of the University of Alabama community. The Park at Manderson Landing offers Tuscaloosa residents eight acres of waterfront walking trails and leisure areas on the north side of campus. Located across the street from the student residence hall, Rose Towers, and within walking distance from the university’s student center, the Park at Manderson Landing is the perfect midday getaway from the hustle and bustle of college life.

Tannehill State Park: This park offers a historical ironworks as well as 1,500 acres preserved for hiking, camping and other recreation.

Cycling: As not only one of the best modes of transportation around campus, bicycling is also a fun recreational activity and an excellent form of exercise. The University of Alabama Cycling Club offers membership to all current students and faculty, and it’s easy to join! Simply fill out a sports club form and pay the annual club dues of $25 to be entitled to all the perks of membership, such as the opportunity to train and compete in regional and national competitions. The Student Recreation Center on campus also rents both mountain and road bicycles, so purchasing or storing personal bikes is not an issue.

Rowing: The Black Warrior Rowing Club (BWRC) is a non-profit social sporting club founded in 2008 for the rowing community in the West Alabama region. The Black Warrior River runs between the cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport, and provides a wonderful venue for recreational and competitive rowers alike. BWRC has both competitive rowers and rowers who just want to row recreationally and enjoy the beautiful river while making new friends and reaping the benefits of a terrific low impact but vigorous exercise.

UA Outdoor Recreation: With everything from an indoor climbing wall to outdoor excursions, the University of Alabama Outdoor Recreation Center has something for every thrill seeker and nature lover. The Outdoor Rec is open Sunday-Friday and provides sleeping bags, tents, cookware, canoes, kayaks, and other camping equipment, along with bicycles, for rent to both members and nonmembers of the university community. The Outdoor Rec also sponsors weekly activities, trips, and clinics, such as a ski trip to Snowshoe, WV and an exploration of Anvil Cave, with discounted prices for university students and faculty.

Bama Belle Cruises: Take a cruise up and down the Black Warrior River on Tuscaloosa’s own Bama Belle Riverboat.