Home to the Rocket Capital of the World and the stunning Gulf Shore Beaches, Alabama provides an array of activities and natural beauty that make it the perfect destination for campers. Narrowing down where to visit can be quite a chore with over 22 state parks alone, along with a string of other privately owned campgrounds and eight national parks to choose from. The following list is our choice of five of the top camping destinations in Alabama that are suitable for families to visit any time of the year.
Monte Sano State Park
Located near Huntsville, Alabama, Monte Sano State Park
is the perfect location for families looking for some outdoor fun
while still wanting to be close enough to the attractions located in the Rocket Capital of the World. Spend your days hiking 20 miles of trails or visiting the CCC Museum and Memorial within the park, or drive over to visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center or other popular area attractions like Burritt on the Mountain. Mano Sano State Park features 14 rustic cabins as well as 80 improved campsites for all types of campers.
Wind Creek State Park
One of the largest state parks in the United States, the 1,445 acres of Wind Creek State Park wrap their way around scenic Lake Martin. If you are interested in water sports, boating and fishing, then this is the camping destination for you. With 586 campsites to choose from, there is something to fit every camping need including 157 waterfront, 39 premium sites and 7 camping cabins. Boat rentals are available as well as plenty of access for fishing. If hiking is what you are looking for, there are 28.5 miles of trails available to you.
If you are in search of a camping destination that is truly unique and secluded, then Dismals Canyon is the ideal spot for you. Located in Northwest Alabama, the 85 acres of this National Conservatory are filled with natural wonders and primitive beauty. The 1.5 mile hiking trail along the canyon’s floor will reveal waterfalls, towering trees, and as a bonus, is 14 degrees cooler than the surrounding areas in the summer. There are both secluded cabins as well as campsites located here, but only a few, so be sure to make your reservations early for this sought after camping destination. When visiting, be sure not to miss out on the “glow worms” that come out in the evening.
Gulf State Park
If a visit to Alabama’s Gulf Coast is what you’re looking for, then Gulf State Park
is the ideal camping destination for your family. With over three miles of white sand beaches to enjoy, the campground with its 496 improved campsites, 20 modern cabins and 11 lakeside cottages are located just a short drive to the beach. Gulf State Park features a swimming pool
, splash pad, nature center and weekly activities, making it an all-in-one family camping destination for the summer.
Cathedral Caverns State Park
Step into an underground world with this subterranean camping destination. Drawing in visitors since the 1950’s, this captivating underground wonder was used in the filming of the 1995 on screen version of Tom and Huck. Home to the stalagmite forest, mysterious river and the “frozen” waterfall, a guided tour of the Cathedral Caverns
is sure to impress the family. Along withe the cavern, there are activities such as hiking and mining bags of dirt available to help round out your vacation. Primitive and improved campsites are available along with a bathhouse for both tents and RV’s.
Alabama is home to beautiful gulf shore beaches, lush green forests and beautiful mountains, creating a wide range of travel options to choose from. Above are some of our top picks for camping destinations in Alabama. Have a favorite that isn’t on the list? Feel free to share it below!