Alabama is home to more than 20 state parks. Even though some of these parks are well known throughout the state, others aren’t. Listed below are nine of Alabama’s most beautiful state parks that we believe are underrated and should receive more attention.
1. Blue Springs State Park - Clio
Blue Springs State Park is one of Alabama's best summertime hangout spots. The park's main attractions are its two spring-fed pools.
You can visit Blue Springs State Park at 2595 AL-10, Clio, AL 36017.
2. Chewacla State Park - Auburn
Covering nearly 700 acres, Chewacla State Park offers plenty of rest, relaxation, and a variety of recreational activities such as hiking, camping, swimming, and mountain biking. The park's main feature is its stunning waterfall.
You can visit Chewacla State Park at 124 Shell Toomer Pkwy., Auburn, AL 36830.
3. Frank Jackson State Park - Opp
Frank Jackson State Park, which covers 2,050 acres, is home to the 1,000-acre Lake Jackson. Even though camping and hiking are both offered at this state park, its main activity is fishing. Frank Jackson State Park is the perfect place to visit if you're looking for peace and quiet.
You can visit Frank Jackson State Park at 100 Jerry Adams Dr., Opp, AL 36467.
4. Meaher State Park - Spanish Fort
Meaher State Park covers 1,327 acres and is located in the wetlands of Mobile Bay. Offering activities such as fishing, picnicking, and hiking, Meaher State Park is the perfect destination for a day trip.
You can visit Meaher State Park at 5200 Battleship Pkwy., Spanish Fort, AL 36577.
5. Rickwood Caverns State Park - Warrior
Rickwood Caverns State Park offers camping, swimming, and gem mining. What makes this incredible state park stand out among the rest is its massive cave that contains 260-million-year-old formations that were created by water. Rickwood Caverns State Park offers a guided tour of this historic cave. You can visit Rickwood Caverns State Park at 370 Rickwood Park Rd., Warrior, AL 35180.
6. Wind Creek State Park - Alexander City
Wind Creek State Park is home to one of the largest state-owned campgrounds in the United States. It's also the public's only access to Alabama's beautiful Lake Martin. You can visit Wind Creek State Park at 4325 AL-128, Alexander City, AL 35010.
7. Lake Lurleen State Park - Coker
Lake Lurleen State Park is located just outside of Tuscaloosa and Northport. Covering 1,625 acres, this state park offers a modern campground, a beach, fishing piers, 23 miles of multi-use trails, and so much more.
You can visit Lake Lurleen State Park at 13226 Lake Lurleen Rd., Coker, AL 35452.
8. Lakepoint Resort State Park - Eufaula
Located on the banks of Lake Eufaula, Lakepoint Resort State Park offers a variety of activities such as hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, boating, and more. It's a must-visit for anyone who loves the outdoors. You can visit Lakepoint State Park at 104 Lakepoint Dr., Eufaula, AL 36027.
9. Paul M. Grist State Park - Selma
From hiking and camping, to swimming and fishing, this state park offers a variety of activities. It's a true outdoorsman's paradise! You can visit Paul M. Grist State Park at 1546 Grist Rd., Selma, AL 36701.
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