Where to Camp in the Cotton State
Camping season is in full swing, and I for one can’t wait to get out there and explore some new campgrounds this year.
There are amazing places to camp all over this great country of ours. I think most people would be surprised just how many great campgrounds there are right in their own backyard!
So for the next few weeks, we’ll be going state-by-state alphabetically and listing the best campgrounds in each. Whether you’re planning a cross-country roadtrip or just looking for a quick getaway, you’re sure to find a campground that suits your style.
Today we’re covering the “Cotton State” of Alabama.
1. Gulf State Park – Gulf Shores
Gulf State Park’s two miles of beaches greet you with plenty of white sun-kissed sand, surging surf, seagulls and sea shells, but there is more than sand and surf to sink your toes into. Inside Gulf State Park there is a championship golf course, new beach pavilion, rental cottages, tennis courts, camp sites, hiking trails, Zip Line, and a fishing pier that is 20-feet wide and extends 1,512 feet into the Gulf. This and much more make Gulf State Park the perfect in-state vacation or out-of-state adventure. Learn more here.
2. Lake Guntersville – Guntersville
Located along the banks of the Tennessee River in Northeast Alabama, Lake Guntersville Resort State Park promises to satisfy whether you are looking for a resort style retreat or an outdoor adventure in the park’s 6,000 acres of natural woodlands. Learn more here.
3. Monte Sano State Park – Huntsville
Monte Sano State Park is located near Huntsville in northeast Alabama. In Spanish, Monte Sano means “Mountain of Health.” In the late 1800s, visitors from across the United States came for “the season” to experience and enjoy Monte Sano’s fresh air, spectacular views and mineral springs. Learn more.
4. Joe Wheeler State Park – Rogersville
Whether you arrive by land or water, there’s no mistaking the beauty and serenity of this 2,550-acre resort park. On the shores of Wheeler Lake, the resort features a stunning, waterfront lodge with restaurant and convention facilities, championship 18-hole golf course and clubhouse, full-service marina with permanent and overnight docking slips, modern and primitive camping, lakeside cottages, cozy cabins, and a rustic group lodge. Learn more.
5. Corinth Recreation Area – Double Springs
Located in Bankhead National Forest, Corinth is a popular recreation area on Lake Lewis Smith. It offers a day-use group picnic site, a campground and countless ways to enjoy the lake and surrounding area. Learn more here.
6. Wind Creek State Park – Alexander City
Wind Creek’s 1,445 scenic acres hug the shoreline of beautiful Lake Martin making the park an angler’s paradise. Crappie, bluegill and striped bass are just a few of the species the lake has to offer. Several fishing tournaments are scheduled at the park each year. Learn more here.
7. Cathedral Caverns State Park – Woodville
The first feature most people notice about Cathedral Caverns is its massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high, a possible world record for commercial caves. The grand entrance is only the beginning. Inside the cavern are some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created including “Goliath”- one of the largest stalagmites in the world measuring 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference. Learn more.
8. Oak Mountain State Park – Pelham
With the largest land-area, one of the widest varieties of outdoor activities of any state park, and its proximity to Birmingham, Oak Mountain is a perfect stop while traveling to and from the state’s largest city. Topping it all off is the park’s stunning physical landscape, which alone makes for an unforgettable experience. Learn more here.
9. Deerlick Creek – Tuscaloosa
Deerlick Creek Campground is located on Holt Lake on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway northeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The facility is in a beautiful forest along the shoreline, providing campers and day-use visitors with access to water sports, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and biking. Learn more here.
10. Lake Lurleen State Park – Coker
Located nine miles northwest of Tuscaloosa and Northport, this 1,625-acre park is a scenic retreat set on the banks of Lake Lurleen and offers plenty of recreation and relaxation. Facilities include a modern campground, activity building, picnic areas, play areas, pavilions, a beach and bathhouse, fishing piers, RV storage, boat rentals and boat-launch areas. Learn more.
What’s your favorite campground in the great state of Alabama? Let us know in the comment section below!
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