Places to Visit

Hambrick Bat Cave

The Hambrick Bat Cave is a wonderful place to visit on Lake Guntersville! Each and every night (around dusk) somewhere around 60,000 bats emerge from the cave. The cave is one of the largest maternity colonies (a place where bats birth and raise their young) of gray bats.

How to find the cave

The Hambrick bat cave is located about a mile upriver from the Guntersville Dam. If you launch at the dam, just head upriver (towards Guntersville) and the cave is on your left (north side) just after the Hambrick Hollow (an inland area of water on the north shore).

If you are coming from Guntersville, head towards the dam and the cave is on right shortly after the Honeycomb Creek and Goat Island.

You will know you are at the cave when you see the fence and TVA signs about the cave.

The cave is not accessible by land. It is also illegal to enter the cave by land or water.

Here is a map of the cave’s location

About Gray Bats

Gray Bats are an endangered species, hence the fence keeping people from entering the cave. During the winter months, gray bats hibernate mostly in vertical caves and during the summer they stay mostly in caves along rivers and lakes. Females give birth in late May to early June. The months of June and July are some of the best times to see the most bats.

Gray Bats are endangered due to their lack of suitable habitats. During the maturation of their young, the females will drop their young on the floor of the cave if the female is startled. This presents a problem because, at this point, the young can’t fly yet. This is why there is a fence at the cave and the public isn’t allowed in. Please help preserve this spectacle for all and don’t attempt to enter the cave.

Next time you are in Guntersville Alabama and on the river/lake be sure to check out the Hambrick Bat Cave!


25 Words True Southerners Say

We all know that the south has its own language, but have you ever wondered what those southern words actually mean? Here are 25 words true southerners say!

#1: Fixin’ To

This phrase means I’m about to. I can also be said all in one word, fixin-to or fixin-ta.

#2: Pocketbook

This is another name for a wallet. You would normally put your pocketbook in your purse.

#3: Po’ Boy

A Po’ boy is a traditional sandwich from Lousiana that is usually on New Orleans french bread with some sort of meat or fried seafood. This sandwich became popular in the south because of its low price.

#4: Collards

Collards are a dark green leafy vegetable. Collards are not a mixture of leafy vegetables, but a vegetable themselves. Collards are in the same family as kale, turnip greens, and mustard plants. Collards can be bitter if cooked improperly but are usually cooked with some sort of meat.

#5: Darn Tootin’

Darn Tootin’ is a phrase southerners use to say that they strongly agree with what you said.

#6: Hankerin’

Hankerin’ is a craving for something

#7: Britches

Britches means pants or underwear.

#8: Hushpuppies

In the south, we eat hushpuppies, coleslaw, and fish. Hushpuppies are usually a deep-fried ball of cornmeal, milk and some salt.

#9: Caddywompus

Caddywompus simply means crooked or not straight.

#10: Reckon

This is usually said as “I reckon” and it means “I suppose.”

#11: Skedaddle

Skedaddle means to go quickly.

#12: Tarnation

Tarnation is used to express surprise.

#13: Yonder

Yonder usually means over there, but it usually a general direction and not a specific area or direction.

#14: Hunky Dory

Hunky Dory means fine or great. It is usually expressed as, “Everything is Hunky Dory.”

#15: Mash

Mash means to push or hit something. Hit the button or mash the gas pedal.

#16: Crawdaddy

A crawdaddy is the same thing as a crawfish or crayfish. A crawdaddy is a freshwater crustacean resembling small lobsters.

#17: Gumption

Gumption means something is spirited, but not as in the holy ghost, but as in you have guts (are brave). She had the gumption to tell the boss he was wrong.

#18: Skeeter

Skeeter is another word for a mosquito.

#19: Lickety-Split

Lickety-split means very fast.

#20: Lighting Bug

This is the same thing as a firefly.

#21: Buggy

A buggy is simply a shopping cart.

#22: Hissy Fit

This another word for a tantrum.

#23: Coke

Southerners usually refer to all sodas as coke. Many times when someone says “get me a coke,” you will respond with “what kind” and they may say Dr. Pepper or Pepsi.

#24: Humdinger

Something or someone that is outstanding or funny.

#25: Supper

Supper is usually the last meal of the day, commonly referred to as dinner outside of the south. In the south, dinner is usually lunch.

What are some of your favorite words true southerners say? Let us know in the comments!