it's cabin time™ in Langston
This is small town lake life! With a current population of under 300 people, this is the perfect spot to truly get away from it all, while staying close to larger towns and cities. Originally settled in the 1810s by the Coffee brothers, this charming town was once known as Coffeetown, then later renamed Langston after Langston Coffee, the town’s first postmaster. Once a thriving port hub for its location on the Tennessee River, the town declined with the rise of the railroad and automobile. With the damming of the river to create Guntersville Lake in the 1930s, however, a vacation spot was born.
The most obvious draw of Langston is the lake life. Rent kayaks at nearby Unphiltered Kayaking and hop on the water to get a true feel for the lake. For a more thrilling lake experience, book a boat tour or experience water sports at Lake and River Fun. Fishing is great here, and Town Creek Fishing Center provides all you need to give it a try. At the end of the day, Langston City Park is the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the water.
For fun off the water, head to Lake Guntersville State Park for a variety of hiking trails. Nearby Pisgah Gorge Falls is also a beautiful spot to hike. For a trek under the earth, Cathedral Caverns State Park is 1.3 miles long, one of the longest publicly accessible caves in the United States! For sporty leisure, hit the green for 18 holes at Gunter’s Landing Golf Course, take a trail ride with Alabama Horseback Adventures, or try an aerial course at Screaming Eagle. Guntersville Haunted History Tours provides unique nighttime experiences. While Langston is small, there’s truly so much to do in the area!
With so much to do, you’ll need good food to keep you going. Start your day with breakfast and coffee at Homecoming Cafe and Country Store or Mountain Lakes Country Cafe. Lunch and dinner options are plentiful in the surrounding area, from seafood at The Docks to a variety of barbecue joints (50 Taters, Tate’s Barbecue, and KC’s BBQ are a few options), or more ethnic options like Stevarino’s Italian food and El Campesino’s Mexican cuisine. For a special evening experience, check out Harbor View Winery.
Depending on the time of year you’re visiting, you’ll be sure to enjoy one of these events:
-Eagle Awareness Weekends at Lake Guntersville State Park in January and February
-Lake Guntersville Wild Irish Run in March
-Back When Day Fair in April
-Free summer concerts on the lake every weekend from late May-mid July
-Guntersville Lake Hydrofest in June
-St. William Seafood Festival in September
-Annual International Festival of North Alabama in September
-Melodies and Musings Festival in September
-Boaz Harvest Fest in October
-Santa in the Park in December