This Alabama Forest Is Full Of These Mysterious Petrified Dinosaurs

Monday, April 6, 2020

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Can you find them all?

Life finds a way, even in the most unexpected places. From theme parks to museums, you can find the remains of the by-gone age of dinosaurs almost anywhere, and that includes this secluded Alabama forest. It’s probably the last place you’d expect, but if you know where to look, you’ll find that these creepy petrified dinos hiding among the trees is one of the coolest things to see Alabama.

Local legend says the story of the dinos goes something like this: an eccentric billionaire (it seems like there’s always one of those around when dinosaurs are involved) George Barber commissioned artist Mark Cline to design and build the sculptures in the woods around Barber’s marina.

The sculptures include a Tyrannosaurus rex, a triceratops, a stegosaurus, and a brontosaurus. Local hikers say the latter is particularly hard to find because he’s hiding on the opposite side of Barber Parkway than where the others are.

The search for the hidden forest dinos makes for a great scavenger hunt and even a decent hike. You’ll want to be sure to wear appropriate shoes and make sure your camera is charged.

Barber Marina makes for a good starting point, but if you want to visit each dinosaur directly, these adventurers took the time to map out each sculpture’s GPS coordinates.

In the same area, you’ll also find an attraction called Bamahenge, Alabama’s very own Stonehenge (get the name, now?).

Unsurprisingly, this sculpture is also thought to be the work of Mark Cline’s skill and George Barber’s money. You can find your way there by following the coordinates mapped out by the same adventurers.

Within the marina waters, you’ll also find a giant Lady in the Lake sculpture. You bet you can also find her coordinates on these road trippers' page.

Stranger things have happened in the south, and these are just some of our favorites to check out if you’re in the area!

Dinosaurs In The Woods

Price: Free

Address: 26986 Fish Trap Rd., Elberta, AL

Why You Need To Go: Go for a peaceful hike in the woods and see if you can find all four dinosaurs! Website