Visiting State Parks Now Offers Value and Fewer Crowds

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Visiting State Parks Now Offers Value and Fewer CrowdsAlabama State Park campgrounds were popular destinations during the recent July 4 holiday. Parks Promotions Director Randy Jinks reports that all the larger campgrounds were at full capacity during the weekend with some parks having to turn campers away. Jinks said this was the second major holiday this summer where camping was strong. “It appears that with gas prices soaring that folks are taking advantage of the great vacation value the Alabama State Parks offer,” he said.

Jinks emphasizes that plenty of campsites are available now and this is an excellent time to camp for those who don’t really like the larger crowds. “Now that the July 4 holiday is behind us, many families can enjoy a less crowded campground,” he said.

Kim Nix, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources spokesperson, announces that a new discount coupon campaign is kicking off this week to help vacationers combat the high price of gas. “Many families will be looking to take one last trip before school starts, and visiting an Alabama’s State Park is an economical destination.” Nix stated the coupons are available only on the State Parks Web site,, and are worth savings up to 20 percent on State Parks lodging Sundays through Thursdays.

To take advantage of the additional savings, obtain the coupons by visiting Download and print the coupons and take them to the park you want to visit. Coupons expire August 28, 2008.

The Web site offers information on all 22 state parks including the larger resorts and the smaller, more secluded parks. Individuals may also call 1-800-ALA-PARK to receive details or make reservations.

State Parks campgrounds are also offering “Double Discount Days” for all senior citizens (age 62 and up) and people with physical disabilities. Usually, these groups receive a 15 percent discount off basic camping rates. This discount will be doubled to 30 percent from August 3 to September 30, 2008, on Sunday through Thursday stays with the exception of August 31. No coupon is needed.

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.