19 Mar

Alabama State Parks Celebrating 75 Years of Service

Sunrise at Guntersville State Park

AL Parks 75 YearsIn 2014, the Alabama State Park system is celebrating it’s 75th year of service to the people of Alabama.

Throughout the year, each of the states 22 parks will put on a number of different special events, ranging from hikes, nature walks, camping, to dining specials like the Baumhauer’s Shrimpfest.

The 75th Anniversary is set to acknowledge and strengthen the relationships with the supporting partners and park patrons that make the park system possible.

The National Forest System was established in 1891, followed by the National Park Service in 1916.  The NPS was designed to oversee the burgeoning nationwide park system that includes legendary locations like Sequoia, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon.

Our state’s parks stared in 1920 with the creation of Cheaha State Park.  By 1933 the system had grown to 11 state parks with the additions of Bromley, Fort Toulouse, Geneva, Little River, Panther Creek, St. Stephens, Sumter, Talladega County, The Lagoons and Weogufka parks.  The park buildings and roads were built by the Civilian Conservation Corp, and much of it still stands at most of the parks.

In 1939, the state of Alabama created the Division of State Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites, intended to oversee management of the park system.

Sunset at Guntersville State Park

Sunset at Guntersville State Park

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It is impressive to think that one of Alabama’s 22 state parks can be reached in an hours drive from nearly any city in the state.  The parks are proud to offer a wide variety of outdoor recreation including:

  • 5 Resort parks featuring a lodge, restaurant, and convention rooms.
  • Modern cottages, chalets, and campgrounds.
  • Cave Tours at 2 parks.
  • A Golf Trail.
  • The Gulf State Park Fishing Pier
  • The Gulf Adventure Center Hummingbird Zipline
  • Marinas at three separate parks, hosting numerous bass fishing tournaments.
  • Picnic pavilions perfect for any outdoor gathering.
  • Various museums highlighting the rich cultural and natural heritage of the local communities.
  • More than 200 miles of hiking, biking, horseback riding and walking trails.
  • Thousands of acres of water-based recreation ranging from mountain lakes and rushing streams to the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

Visit the website at www.alapark.com for more information about the Alabama State Parks 75th Anniversary Celebration.  Look for lodging, camping and dining specials, as well as special events to be announced.