Beat the Gas Crunch by Vacationing Close to Home – Alabama State Parks Offer Convenient, Affordable Family Fun
Is the price of gas putting a crimp in your summer vacation plans? Don’t make a dent in your pocketbook. Take a short drive to an Alabama State Park for top-notch accommodations and recreational activities at truly affordable prices. You and your family will be pleasantly surprised at how much fun can be had just a short distance from home.
There are 22 Alabama State Parks located in every area of the state from the mountains in the north to the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you visit a resort for some rest and relaxation or prefer a rustic outing, there’s something for everyone at an Alabama State Park. Currently there are four operating resort parks that host all kinds of fun including golf, boating and paddling, fishing, fine dining, camping, swimming, hiking and biking, and the list goes on. Combine those with modern accommodations in newly renovated lodges and brand new cabins and you’ve got everything needed for a memorable summer trip. Take in the sunset overlooking the water from the balcony in your upscale hotel room at the new Lake Guntersville Resort State Park Lodge. Then dine on chef-prepared fare in the elegant Pinecrest Dining Room offering spectacular views of Lake Guntersville.
Other parks offer many of the same activities and amenities in addition to cave exploration, birding, historical discovery, nature-based education, horseback riding, picnicking, mountain biking, primitive camping, and rustic accommodations for those who like to “get close to nature.”
Camping at an Alabama State Park is hard to beat. Twenty parks offer inexpensive campsite rentals for all types of camping set among beautiful wooded and/or waterfront settings. Modern campgrounds are equipped with full hookups, bathhouses and most welcome the pet members of your family. Check with the park about pet policies when making reservations. Wind Creek State Park on Lake Martin near Alexander City has the largest campground with over 600 sites. Over 400 campsites surrounded by pristine beaches on the Gulf coast await you at Gulf Resort State Park.
While vacationing at an Alabama State Park, be sure to snap some digital photos to enter in the 2009 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest. Your photo could be published in Outdoor Alabama Magazine in addition to winning a prize. Visit www.outdooralabama.com for more information.
Affordable accommodations and fun activities close to home that won’t cost an arm and a leg when you fill up the gas tank are waiting for you and your family at Alabama State Parks. Are you there yet? Visit www.alapark.com to plan your summer vacation.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more, visit www.outdooralabama.com.