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Places to Scatter Ashes in Alabama

Little River Canyon National Preserve

Often called the “Grand Canyon of the East,” the preserve, located in Fort Payne, has spectacular scenery along trails, breathtaking overlooks, and a scenic drive where you can see the waterfalls, mountain scenery, and rushing river.

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Sipsey Wilderness

Within the Bankhead National Forest around the fork of the Black Warrior River in Mt. Hope, northwestern Alabama, the area is abundant with bluffs, canyons, waterfalls, springs, and lakes.

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Covering more than 7,000 acres, Bon Secour (from the French words meaning “safe harbor”) is considered one of the most beautiful places on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. It holds some of Alabama’s last remaining undisturbed coastal barrier habitat, full of native flora and fauna.

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Located in Pinson, 15 miles north of Birmingham, the preserve’s main feature is its beautiful waterfall, which is simply known as “The Falls.” Its 466 acres are home some of the most stunning and unique beauty found anywhere in the Southeast.

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Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Alabama

In Alabama, there are no state laws controlling where you may keep or scatter ashes. Ashes may be stored in a crypt, niche, grave, or container at home. If you wish to scatter ashes, you have many options. Cremation renders ashes harmless, so there is no public health risk involved in scattering ashes. Use common sense and refrain from scattering ashes in places where they would be obvious to others.

Alabama Cremation FAQs

What happens when you can't afford funeral services in Alabama?

Alabama law states that all counties are charged with the cremation or burial of unclaimed or indigent bodies at the county’s expense.

What is state cremation rate?

Alabama cremation rate is 31-40%, according to 2020 CANA Annual Report.

What veterans’ benefits are available in Alabama?

The VA benefits provided (at no cost to the family) include a fixed amount toward funeral expenses; a grave site; opening and closing of the grave; perpetual grave site care; a government headstone or marker; a United States burial flag that can be draped over the casket or accompany the urn (and is given to the next of kin after the service); and an engraved presidential memorial certificate signed by the current President, expressing the country’s grateful recognition of the veteran’s service.

How many funeral homes are there in Alabama?

There are 438 funeral homes in 173 cities of Alabama.

Alabama State Facts

State nickname: The Heart of Dixie

State motto: Audemus jura nostra defendere (We dare maintain our rights)

Population: 5,030,053

State bird: Yellowhammer

State tree: Longleaf pine

State flower: Camellia

Bonus fact 1: In 1836, Alabama became the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday.

Bonus fact 2: Alabama was also the first state in the nation to celebrate Veteran’s Day, with the first Veteran’s Day Parade taking place in Birmingham in 1947.

Bonus fact 3: Alabama’s state constitution has over 300,000 words and over 775 amendments, making it the longest and most amended state constitution.

Bonus fact 4: Windshield wipers were invented in Alabama in 1903 by Mary Anderson who, on a visit to New York, noticed how drivers had to get out of their vehicle and clear snow from the windshield. So Anderson devised a swinging arm with a rubber blade that the driver could employ from inside the vehicle.

Bonus fact 5: Alabama is the birthplace of Jesse Owens, the Black track-and-field athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, presided over by Adolf Hitler. Owens, born in Oakville in 1913, was the son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave.

Bonus fact 6: The Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American flying unit in the U.S. military, were trained in Alabama. Their accomplished combat record, including more than 850 medals, was an important factor in President Harry Truman’s decision to desegregate armed forces in 1948.

*State population based on estimates provided by the 2014 U.S. Census.
*Cremation rate provided by the most recent study by CANA in 2020.