Planning a summer vacation? Look no further than Alabama’s state parks, where you’ll find everything from primitive campsites to ultra-modern camping chalets.
Oak Mountain State Park
Open year round, this gorgeous 9,940-acre campground bordering Beaver Lake boasts over 50 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Updated modern campsites feature water, electric and sewer hook-ups and wireless internet -- perfect for the RV family. Clean bathhouses, located throughout the campgrounds, feature nice, hot showers. Dozens of primitive tent sites are available with nearby water.
Don't care to spend the night? Enjoy Oak Mountain State Park's day-use activities, such as picnic pavilions with grills, fishing lakes, sandy beach swimming, boat rentals and 18-hole golf. Visit the Wildlife Center to see thousands of injured and orphaned wild creatures, or enjoy close-up views of native birds on the Treetop Nature Trail.
Address: 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham, Alabama 35123
Reservations: 800-ALA-PARK or email@example.com
Blue Springs State Park
Blue Spring State Park offers 50 modern and primitive campsites across 103 acres in southeast Alabama. Water, electricity, bathhouses, playgrounds and rental campers are available. The campground is a great overnight stopping place when taking in summer festivals and jamborees.
Swimming is the main attraction here: two large 68-degree swimming pools are fed by a crystal-clear underground spring.
Catfish and bream are abundant in the park's fishing areas. Picnic tables and pavilions with grills are ideal for frying up those fresh-caught fish. After fishing and swimming, campers can enjoy the volleyball court or round up a game of softball in one of the lush, open spaces.
Address: 2595 Highway 10, Clio, Alabama, 36017
Reservations: 334-397-4875 or BlueSprings.StPk@dcnr.alabama.gov
Lake Guntersville State Park
You'll find beautiful Lake Guntersville State Park along the banks of the Tennessee River in northeast Alabama. The park covers more than 6,000 acres of natural woodlands and overlooks the impressive 69,000-acre Guntersville Reservoir.
Primitive campsites are available for campers who want to rough it, while modern campground and lake-view cottages on the lake provide comfier accommodations. A resort lodge rests atop Taylor Mountain. Campers can enjoy a beach complex, fishing center, hiking trails, nature programs, 18-hole golf and a day-use area.
Address: 1155 Lodge Drive, Guntersville, Alabama 35976
Reservations: 800-548-4553, 256-571-5440 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monte Sano State Park
Monte Sano is Spanish for "Mountain of Health." This spectacular state park rises more than 1,600 feet above sea level and its mountain has been attracting visitors since the mid-1820s. Monte Sano State Park is often referred to as "the park that spans from the Stone Age to the Space Age."
Monte Sano is situated on 2,140 acres and offers nearly 100 improved campsites and a primitive campground. Campers have access to picnic tables and grills, firewood, showers and laundry. Hiking and biking trails abound, and the country store is fully stocked to meet every camper's needs.
Address: 5105 Nolen Ave., Huntsville, Alabama 35801
Lakepoint Resort State Park
Located on the banks of the 45,000-acre Lake Eufaula, Lakepoint Resort State Park is known as the "Bass Capital of the World." Lakepoint spans a picturesque 1,220 acres and boasts a lodge, convention center, vacation cabins, lakeside cottages and a marina.
Primitive campers need not apply: picturesque Lakepoint Resort State Park is for modern camping. The campsites offer water and electricity (and sewage in some locations). Bathhouses are located in each camping area along with a sanitary station and camper storage. You'll find a community building, tennis courts, a children's playground, a marina (complete with launch facilities) and an 18-hole golf course.
Address: 104 Lakepoint Drive, Eufaula, Alabama 36027
Reservations: 334-687-6026 or email@example.com