Alabama State Parks:
Alabama State Parks: Alabama is a southeastern U.S. state that’s home to significant landmarks from the American Civil Rights Movement. The Rosa Parks Museum, dedicated to the activist, can be found in the capital of Montgomery.
Gulf State Park: This Park has two miles of beaches to greet you with plenty of white sun-kissed sand, surging surf, seagulls, and seashells, but there is more than sand and surf to sink your toes into. Inside Gulf State Park there is a brand-new Gulf Front Lodge and Conference Center, a beach pavilion, the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World Cottages, tennis courts, 154 camp sites, 28 miles of paved/enhance trails 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. Located in Gulf Shores.
DeSoto State Park: In the rustic tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), mountainous Desoto State Park is accented by many rushing waterfalls and fragrant wildflowers. The park was developed by the CCC in the late 1930s and the atmosphere of the Corps enhances many areas, including the Lodge, restaurant, and cabins. There are numerous lodging and camping options. Amenities include a restaurant, meeting rooms, pavilions, picnic area, playground, swimming pool, Benefield Nature Center, a CCC museum, and much more. A large selection of events are available such as campfire talks, classes, demonstrations, etc. DeSoto Falls, a 104ft waterfall, is one of the park’s biggest attractions. Enjoy fishing, hiking, and biking. A spectacular place to visit while enjoying the state part – and not too far away – is the Little River Canyon National Preserve. Also surrounded by the scenic beauty of Lookout Mountain, the waterfalls are absolutely majestic. Drive through the canyon, down the mountain and behold what you might consider the Grand Canyon of Alabama, it’s spectacular. There’s plenty of scenic pull offs for photo ops, and a visitor Center where you can get a map. The state park and canyon are located In Fort Payne.
Richwood Caverns State Park – Experience the thrill of the “miracle mile” of underground caverns! The 260-million-year-old limestone formations, blind cave fish and underground pool are just a few of the natural wonders exhibited in the colorful cavern. The park features an Olympic-size swimming pool, snack bar, picnic area, large and small picnic shelter, hiking trails, playground, campground, and gift shop. These caverns are a member of the National Caves Association and offers visually interesting living geological formations. The caverns themselves were water-formed,” as mineral-laden water droplets build colorful structures and flowstones and reveals that it was carved from an ocean bed – shell fragments and fossils of marine life are clearly visible along the ceiling and walls. Many curiosities are featured on guided tours and special groups of 20 or more – during the season – can be arranged by appointment. There are 13 developed campsites, landscaped for trailers and motor homes with comfort facilities. Meeting rooms are available as well as a snack bar dining area. The Olympic size swimming pool is open from May to September. Located in Warrior.
Tannehill State Park – Nature has blessed Tannehill. The beautiful 1500-acre tree-lined valley, hillsides rich in ore and swiftly flowing Roupes Creek made this a perfect setting for a successful iron making operation spanning three counties. The same ingredients afford todays visitors a pleasurable escape from modern life for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. A miniature railroad chugs through the pines. From spring to fall, the blacksmith, miller, and other craftsmen demonstrate their trades. Craft shops occupy restored pioneer cabins and artisans chat with visitors from their front porches. The cotton gin, pioneer farm and working gristmill preserve a long-gone way of life. It’s difficult to take it all in with one visit. Campground accommodations, both primitive and improved, are plentiful. Horseback riding excursions are available on beautiful trails. From March to November on the 3rd weekend, shoppers and swappers come from far and near to Trade Days in search of tools, clothing, jewelry, furniture, and other treasures. Other events include a Gem and Mineral show, Woodcarvers show, Educational programs for school children, a Labor Day celebration, Halloween festival, and a Christmas candlelight tour. Located in central Alabama near McCalla.
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Fort Morgan State Historic Site: Located on Mobile Point, at the end of Scenic Fort Morgan Peninsula, the site has a diverse number of activities to make your vacation a memorable one. Fort Morgan is a Third System masonry fort built between 1819 and 1833. Standing guard where the bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, the fort played a significant role in the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864. Used intermittently through the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II, the site showcases the evolution of seacoast fortifications and adaptations made by the U.S. Army for the defense of the country. Great historic site to wander around and visualize how soldiers during the Civil War and WWI lived and defended Mobile Bay. The small museum provided an excellent overview of events that occurred. Artifacts on displays and information was interesting and easy to read. Visit while in Fort Morgan.