A road trip is not complete without making a detour to see an interesting roadside attraction, and these roadside attractions are definitely, well, head-turning to say the least.
7 Head-Turning Roadside Attractions in the South:
1. Alabama: Lady of the Lake
What do you do with your money when you’re a billionaire? Apparently, whatever the heck you want, even if what you want is a piece of floating art that looks like a woman skinny dipping in the lake. Alabama Billionaire George Barber commissioned the Lady of the Lake, which is on display at Barber Marina on the Alabama Coast.
2. Arkansas: Christ of the Ozarks Statue
It’s not every day that you get to see a 65.5 foot statue of Jesus. The statue, Christ of the Ozarks, was built in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in 1966. The seven-story statue is on the same grounds as The Great Passion Play, an outdoor drama depicting the last days of Jesus.
3. Florida: Skunk Ape Research Headquarters
Bigfoot goes by many names, but in Florida, Big Foot is known as “Skunk Ape.” According to some, there have been multiple sightings of Skunk Ape in the Florida Everglades. You can learn all about Skunk Ape and the evidence for its existence at the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters in Ochopee, Florida
4. Kentucky: Statue of Octavia Hatcher
If one of your fears is being buried alive then you might want to just keep driving. Locals in Pikeville, Kentucky, believe Octavia Hatcher, who died in 1891 was buried alive during a time when people were suffering from falling into swoons, where they appeared dead, perhaps caused by gas leaking from the coal mine. As the legend goes, people began to wonder whether Octavia Hatcher had indeed just fallen into a swoon, and when they dug up her grave found that she had bloody fingernails from scraping at the coffin. It only adds to the creepiness that the moss covered statue on the gravestone is missing its hand, and some say the grave is even haunted.
5. Louisiana: Kenny Hill Sculpture Garden
Artist and bricklayer, Kenny Hill, of Chauvin, Louisiana, began filling his yard with life-sized statues of angels and other religious figures in the early ’90s. In 2000, Hill abandoned his garden and left town never to return again. The garden is now home to an art center and a museum, which is run by a local university.
6. Mississippi: Grave of the Confederate Camel
Perhaps, you didn’t know that some Confederate forces during the Civil War tried using camels as pack animals instead of horses. “Old Douglas,” the camel, was one of these, but poor Douglas was killed by a Yankee sharpshooter in 1863. (It’s thought Old Douglas may have then been eaten by hungry Confederate soldiers). If you’re so inclined, you can see his gravestone in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
7. Texas: Cowboy Boot House
This 35-foot house in Huntsville, Texas, is made mostly from recycled material and was built by Huntsville artist and builder, Dan Phillips. It has a kitchenette and a tiny bathroom, and a spiral staircase leads to a rooftop deck. The downside is that it has very few windows. Phillips hopes to plan a Cowboy Hat House next door.