Alabama State parks provide opportunities for Alabamians and visitors of all interests and any means to enjoy our great outdoors.
From a single park in 1930, the Alabama State Park system has expanded to 22 beautiful state parks encompassing approximately 48,000 areas of land and water. When the first state parks were opened in Alabama, they were not created to make money. These parks were created to provide all Alabamians and visitors of all interests and any means the opportunity to enjoy the abundance of natural resources we are blessed with in Alabama. The parks system also allows us to preserve some of the most magical wonders of our state from the snow white beaches of the gulf to the tallest mountains of North Alabama and even caverns below the earth’s surface. Our parks offer a wide variety of activities and recreation including camping, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, golf, target ranges, bird watching, boating, ziplining, hunting and so much more!
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources manages the Alabama state parks and one hundred percent of our operational funds are generated through our visitors and the remaining maintenance funds are decided by the Alabama Legislature. It is important that you know that Alabama State Parks are your parks. The revenue to operate and maintain the 22 state parks is user-generated funds in the form of entrance, rental, lodging, golf and other recreational fees. It is largely thanks to those who enjoy visiting our parks that we have the operating budget we do each year.
Alabama’s State Parks provide residents in urban and rural areas alike open space to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors, while also drawing tourists to the area and contributing to the local economy. We encourage you to go out and enjoy, take care of and support Alabama’s State Parks.
Choose an Alabama State Park for your next Adventure
Alabama State Parks Compare Amenities:Bladon Springs State Park, Bladon Springs, Alabama Bladon Springs State Park is a 357 acre state park in Bladon Springs, Choctaw County, Alabama, centered on four mineral springs. Park facilities include campsites, shelters, tables, and grills Blue Springs State Park, Blue Springs, Alabama Blue Springs State Park is a 103 acre Alabama state park located 7 miles east of Clio. The centerpiece of the park is a clear blue underground-fed spring in which visitors can swim. Buck’s Pocket State Park, Grove Oak, Alabama This 2,000 acre park in northeast Alabama is secluded in a natural pocket of the Appalachian Mountains chain and hosts and improved campground complete with tables, grills, shelters, laundry, comfort station, playground, picnic area and hiking trails. Cathedral Caverns State Park, Grant, Alabama Located just 35 miles east of Huntsville, Cathedral Caverns State Park is a natural wonder that should not be missed! The cavern holds six world records and was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1972. Inside the cavern is Big Rock Canyon, Mystery River and other magnificent formations created by Mother Nature. The park also includes a welcome center and primitive camping sites. Cheaha State Park, Delta, Alabama Cheaha State Park covers 2,799 acres and is Alabama’s oldest continuously operating state park, encompasses Cheaha Mountain, the highest point in the state. Park facilities include a lodge, restaurant, general store, campsites, hiking trails, and other amenities. Chewacla State Park, Auburn, Alabama This 696 acre park offer picnicking, hiking, swimming, camping, and has six renovated Civilian Conservation Corps era stone cabins featuring hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, bathrooms, TVs, and modern kitchens. Cabins have central heating and cooling systems. Chickasaw State Park, Gallion, Alabama Chickasaw State Park is 520 acres and is located in Marengo County, 4 miles north of Linden. The park features hiking trails, a wading pool for children, playground, restrooms, picnic area with barbecue grills, pavilions, picnic tables, both modern and primitive camping and adjoins a handicapped-accessible, state-operated hunting facility. Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama Desoto State Park, developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps after the Great Depression, is known for it’s natural scenery covering more than 3,000 acres of forest, rivers, waterfalls, and mountain terrain. Services and amenities include a lodge, cabins, restaurant, modern chalets and campsites, picnic area, swimming pool, tennis courts, the Company 472 CCC Museum, a nature center, plenty of historical sites dating back to the 1930’s, and miles of hiking trails. Florala State Park, Florala, Alabama This Florala is a 40 acre State Park that park wraps around the Alabama side of Lake Jackson, a 500 acre lake that straddles the Alabama-Florida state line. The park provides facilities for boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking and camping. Frank Jackson State Park, Opp, Alabama Frank Jackson State Park covers 2,050 acre and wraps around he 1,000 acre Lake Frank Jackson. The park offers facilities for fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking and camping. Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama The park includes 2.5 miles of white sand beaches along the Gulf, a modern campground for both RVs and tents, rental cottages, and nature trails, plus both fresh and saltwater fishing and swimming. There are three spring fed, fresh-water lakes and 496 campsites a that all have electrical, water, and sewage hook-ups. The park also contains an 18-hole championship golf course that is open seven days a week and includes a pro shop and snack bar. Joe Wheeler State Park, Rogersville, Alabama Joe Wheeler State Park, located Wheeler Lake. The park contains 2,550 acres of land which includes a resort lodge, full service convention facilities, restaurant, campground, a marina with 140 boat slips, a 2.5 mile looped trail for hiking and biking, and an 18-hole championship golf course. The park property adjoins that of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Wheeler Dam. TVA has a scenic overlook of the dam near the state park’s cabin area Lake Guntersville State Park, Guntersville, Alabama The park overlooks the 69,000 acre Lake Guntersville and contains 6,000 acres of natural wood lands. It includes a resort inn, restaurant and convention complex on the pinnacle of Taylor Mountain, lake view cottages and a campground on the lake and has an 18-hole championship golf course, hiking trails, fishing center, beach complex, and a day-use area. Lake Lurleen State Park, Coker, Alabama The park is located 9 miles northwest of Northport, Alabama in Tuscaloosa County and has 1,675 acres which includes a 250 acre lake, 91 campsites, a nature center, nature trails and a multi-use trail designed for both foot traffic and mountain bike riding. LakePoint Resort State Park, Eufaula, Alabama LakePoint Resort State Park is situated on the shores of Lake Eufaula, known as the “Bass capital of the World.” Lakepoint offers a variety of amenities such as an 18-hole championship golf course, full service restaurant and lounge, fully equipped Marina, nature and hiking trails, modern campground, swimming complex, tennis courts and playgrounds. Lodging accommodations include 101 Hotel rooms, 29 Cabins and 10 Lakeside cottages. Meaher State Park, Spanish Fort, Alabama The 1,327 acre park is located on an island at the north end of the bay and is surrounded by wetlands of the Mobile Bay estuary. The park is available for day use or camping. The camping area has 56 individual campsites. The park also features picnic areas, two nature trails with a boardwalk through the wetlands, a boat ramp and a fishing pier. Monte Sano State Park, Huntsville, Alabama Monte Sano State Park is a 2,140 acre mountaintop retreat with 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps rustic cottages, built during the Great Depression, with hiking trails overlooking scenic views, picnic areas, and modern campsites. The park officially opened August 25, 1938. The park occupies the eastern portion of the top and slopes of Monte Sano Mountain and was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on June 19, 1996. Oak Mountain State Park, Birmingham, Alabama Oak Mountain State Park is Alabama’s largest state park at 9,940 acres. Activities and amenities include: beach/day-use area, fishing, hiking, camping, horse riding and equestrian camping, golf, hunting, mountain biking, pro shop, cottages, BMX track, amphitheater and the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center full of natural history exhibits, a meeting room and teaching lab. Live displays include native species of snakes, fish, turtles, and salamanders, and other exhibits explain the area’s geography and geology. Paul M. Grist State Park, Selma, Alabama Paul M. Grist State Park is 17 miles north of Selma and has a lot to offer. Fish on a 100 acre lake stocked with bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and catfish. Only electric trolling motors are permitted. The park’s campground has 11 modern sites with hookups for RVs and primitive campsites and a day-use area with picnic tables, large picnic pavilion, swimming beach, paddle boat rentals, playing fields, boat rentals, boat launch and shoreline for fishing. Rickwood Caverns State Park, Warrior, Alabama The underground “miracle mile” of Rickwood Caverns is composed of magnificent passages and beautifully lighted rooms accented with thousands of sparkling white limestone formations. Enjoy a guided tour of active “living” formations, spring-fed pools, and other curiosities. The park surrounding the caverns features 380 acres of wilderness, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, picnic area with shelters, hiking trails, playground, campground, panning for gemstones and gift shop. Roland Cooper State Park, Camden, Alabama Roland Cooper State Park covers 236 acre, along the 22,000 acre William “Bill” Dannelly Reservoir, known locally as the “Millers Ferry Reservoir” and features a 9-hole regulation-length golf course with a driving range and clubhouse. The park also features cottages, campground with electricity, bathhouse, laundry, camp store, a scenic picnic area with tables, grills, pavilions and a comfort station. The park also provides boat launching facilities. The Dannelly Reservoir contains both white and black species of crappie, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, bream, blue catfish, and channel catfish. Wind Creek State Park, Alexander City, Alabama Wind Creek State Park occupies 1,445 acres of shoreline along Lake Martin, a 41,000-acre clear-water reservoir on the Tallapoosa River. Wind Creek manages the largest state-owned campground in the United States, with over 600 camping sites, nearly one-third of which are on the water. There are also seven cabins available year around. The park hosts professional and amateur fishing competitions, Indian festivals and skiing/wake-boarding shows. Wind Creek offers a variety of activities: six playgrounds, a lighthouse, children’s activities, a number of geocaches are in the park, two hiking and biking trails totaling 5 miles and cliff jumping at Chimney Rock and is only accessible by boat. There are many other places to cliff jump within 30 minutes of Wind Creek.