1.Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores
This State Park is on the Alabama Gulf Coast, and has wetlands, two miles of white, sandy beaches and 25 miles of walking and biking trails. The Fishing and Education Pier is a great place to catch a sunset or rent rods and reels from the Bait and Tackle Shop.
2. Cathedral Caverns State Park, Woodville
Woodville, Alabama in the Blue Ridge foothills is home to 493 acres of camping and hiking bliss. The cavern entrance, 126’ wide by 25’ high, leads to an underground cave network acquired by the state in the late 80s. The cave features flowstone waterfalls, a stalagmite forest, and one of the largest stalagmites in the world.
3. Cheaha State Park, Delta
This State Park, located in Delta, AL, is home to Mt. Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama at 2,407 feet above sea level. You’ll find awesome hiking, rock climbing, and great mountain biking trailsl. Cheaha Lake, at the lower end of the park, is a great place for a swim or some primitive camping.
4. Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham
This State Park is the weekend warrior’s dream just a few miles south of Birmingham. You’ll find camping, hiking, a BMX track, boating, water skiing, and fishing.
5. Chewacla State Park, Auburn
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This park is a great pre-game stopover if you’re already headed out to Auburn for a home game. There are stone cottages, originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 30s, alongside the swimming area and the trailheads to easy, laid back trails.
6. Monte Sano State Park, Huntsville
This State Park is all about great vistas. Fall colors sweep along the ridges at the end of summer. During spring, the azalea blooms light up the trails with vibrant pink and spring green. If you’re looking for serenity in a mountain setting, this is it.
7. Buck’s Pocket State Park, Grove Oak
You’ll find seclusion at this State Park. You’ll find just as many great views here as at larger parks, but with a much smaller crowd. Hiking and fishing are the main to-dos here. (Note: The campground is currently closed.)
8. Joe Wheeler State Park, Rogersville
This park is half resort destination, half boater’s paradise. In addition to the lodges, restaurants, and marina, the best way to enjoy this park is on the water. Grab a paddleboard or kayak. The lake is home to catfish, bass, and bream.
9. DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne
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Lookout Mountain, home to this State Park, is best known for its abundance of waterfalls, forest trails, and seasonal community events — Yoga on the Mountain, Spookapalooza, and Great Outdoors Day. Wildflowers are abundant along the mountain trail in the Spring.
10. Rickwood Caverns State Park, Warrior
This State Park will give you a firsthand experience of low cave ceilings and narrow tunnels. The cave tour is a great way to escape the summer heat, 200 feet beneath the surface of the earth. If you really want to cool off, you could also take a dip in the Olympic-sized pool, which is fed by cold waters from the cave itself.