Alabama State Parks

The State of Alabama Park Quick Facts: 23 State Parks | 9 National Wildlife Refuges | 6 Wildlife Management Areas | 4 National Forests | 3 State Forests | 2 National Historic Sites | 1 National Historic Park | So many beautiful resources in one State; Priceless

Bladon Springs State Park

3921 Bladon Rd Silas AL 36919
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Cheaha State Park

19644 Hwy 281 Delta AL 36258
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Claude D Kelly State Park

850 H. Kyle Rd Atmore AL 36502
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Florala State Park

514 Lake Shore Dr Florala AL 36442
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Lake Guntersville State Park

1155 Lodge Dr Guntersville AL 35976
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Oak Mountain State Park

200 Terrace Dr Pelham AL 35124
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Roland Cooper State Park

285 Deer Run Dr Camden AL 36726
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Wind Creek State Park

4325 AL-128 Alexander City AL 35010
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Blue Springs State Park

2595 AL-10 Clio AL 36017
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Chewacla State Park

124 Shell Toomer Pkwy Auburn AL 36830
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DeSoto State Park

7104 Desoto Pkwy NE Fort Payne AL 35967
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Gulf State Park

20115 AL-135 Gulf Shores AL 36542
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Lake Lurleen State Park

13226 Lake Lurleen Rd Coker AL 35452
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Paul M Grist State Park

1546 Grist Rd Valley Grande AL 36701
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Tannehill State Park

12632 Confederate Pkwy McCalla AL 35111
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Cathedral Caverns State Park

637 Cave Rd Woodville AL 35776
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Chickasaw State Park

26955 US-43 Gallion AL 36742
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Elk River Lodge State Park

18671 Elk River Park Rd Athens AL 35611
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Joe Wheeler State Park

4403 McLean Dr Rogersville AL 35652
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Monte Sano State Park

5105 Nolen Ave SE Huntsville AL 35801
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Rickwood Caverns State Park

370 Rickwood Park Rd Warrior AL 35180
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Frank Jackson State Park

100 Jerry Adams Rd Opp AL 36467
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Alabama State Park Activities

Our goal at AmericasStateParks.org is to encourage people to enjoy the activities and adventures you can find in outdoor recreational areas such as state parks. Each state has has parks and historic sites that are unique to their area. Alabama is no different. So what are some of the things you can do at state parks and what types of facilities do they have? Well each park is different but here are some of things to look for.

Size

The size of each state park will differ in how many acres associate with it. Day use parks tend to be smaller, but not always. Some parks are just couple hundred acres while others may be more than 100,000 acres.

Hiking Trails

Hiking and walking trails are a core part of almost all state parks. The parks in Alabama are no different. You will find everything from gentle lakeside trails for an easy stroll to very rigorous an challenging trails.

Picnic Areas

While many people go to Alabama state parks for camping, they are also great for day use activities such as a picnic lunch or dinner with your friends and family. Most parks have a picnic area with tables, sometime a grill, and usually restroom facilities. I have many fond memories with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, family friends and more.

Camping Sites

Depending on the park, there are different types of campsites throughout Alabama. You will find a range from:

  • Full RV hookups
  • Water and electric only
  • Lodges
  • Cabins
  • Cottages
  • Group facilities

 Wheelchair Accessible

Many state parks in Alabama are wheelchair accessible and have restrooms to accommodate wheelchairs as well.

Golf Courses

Some states parks include courses or other recreation facilities. Alabama has three state parks with golf courses including The General Golf Course at Joe Wheeler State Park, The Eagle’s Nest Golf Course at Lake Guntersville State Park, and The Oaks Golf Course at Oak Mountain State Park.

Skiing

Many state parks through the country have cross country skiing trails. It all depends on the climate and geographic location. Being as far south as Alabama is makes it difficult to have enough snow for skiing.

Swimming

State parks sometimes have designated beach areas in the parks or may have swimming pools depending on the type of park and the location. Swimming areas at the beaches are typically roped off. Life guards are typically not available so you are swimming at your own risk.

Boating

Boating is a staple activity when venturing outside. Alabama state parks have a variety of boating options. Some parks have a full marina while others are limited to hand boat launching of small crafts such as a canoe or kayak. You will need to check with the park staff to see what facilities are available for boating and the regulations associated with specific bodies of water.

Stable Operations

Riding trails on horseback is an amazing experience that you will love. Oak Mountain State Park in Alabama has 25 miles of horseback trails that travel through forest, fields and shore line. You can BYOH, bring your own horse, or you can take advantage of the facilities provided by the parks with guided tours and instructors. They even have pony parties for ages 3-13.

Hunting

Every state differs regarding their policy on hunting in state parks. Please check with parks department and applicable laws associated with hunting on state park land prior to planning any hunting trips.

Biking Trails

Biking is a great and enjoyable outdoor activity. Many state parks have trails that can be enjoyed by bike. The trails range from easy road riding to more technically challenging mountain biking trails such as the ones at Monte Sano State Park in Alabama.

Fishing

Alabama has some of the best fishing and a wide variety of fish for anglers. Alabama is fortunate to have both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Gulf State Park is a great place for saltwater fishing. All fishing requires adherence to the state licensing and regulations for the state. Several of the state parks are host to fishing tournaments through the year. It’s a great way to make memories of a lifetime with your friends and family.

ATV and Off Highway Vehicles

Exciting news for ATV riders as Buck’s Pocket received a $526,000 grant for an ATV trail system.

Geocaching

Geocaching is a fun family activity, adding extra adventure to your outside journeys. There are several  state park with geocaches including Bladon Springs, Buck’s Pocket, Cathedral Caverns, Cheaha State Park, Chewacla, Chickasaw, Desoto, Frank Jackson, Gulf Lake Guntersville, Joe Wheeler, Lake Lurleen, Lakepoint, Meaher, Monte Sano, Oak Mountain, Rickwood Caverns, and Wind Creek.

Gardens

Monte Sano State Park houses the North Alabama Japanese Garden, which was started in 1988 by Mr. Robert Black. The garden was started as a hobby garden which he enjoyed doing with his children. This was an undeveloped area in the park prior to the Japanese Garden being established. The Tea House was build in 1991, giving the garden a deeper Japanese character.

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Rock Climbing

Special Events & Special Programs

Weddings

Bird Watching

Orienteering

Playgrounds

Dinning

Winter Activities

XC skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, winter camping, sledding

Water Activities

Swimming, surfing, scuba diving, spearfishing,

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Special Use for Non Profits

Firewood Policy

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