Alabama Gold Camp – Day 1-3

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Alabama Gold Camp Office

For those keeping track, we left on Saturday for our 53 day family camping trip! Unfortunately, it got off on a rough note and by the time we were 30 minutes away from the Alabama Gold Camp, our first stop, the sky opened up and started pouring down rain. It stopped long enough for us to setup our tent, but made for a miserable sleepless night because the thunder and lightning was so bad. Luckily, the rain was supposed to continue yesterday and last night, but it was clear all day yesterday and we have a great time. I thought I would share some pictures of our trip so far.

There are high bankers available for rent and they bring up piles of dirt for you to use from the creek bed. We chose just to buy some pans and do some panning, since we are just in it for fun.

Joshua panned for gold the longest and found a few flakes. The others lost interest quickly.
There were some great skipping rocks and this became a favorite activity for the boys quickly. 
Then Jayden decided he was Heman and was going to try and skip this rock. 
It didn’t really work, but he was determined. 
There are no defined campsites at Alabama Gold Camp, you can basically setup your tent anywhere you like around the creek. We set ours up in a spot away from the high bankers and dirt piles and across from the lower restrooms, because this mom can only be so far from some semblance of a toilet. Hey, roughing it only goes so far with me. 🙂 Our campsite was also right next to this cute old water tower. 

Last night we celebrated our survival of our the storms the night before with a great fire that Joshua built by himself and some s’mores, because what could be wrong with the world when you have a s’more?

{Visitor Information}

Alabama Gold Camp is located in Lineville, AL. and has a rate of $5 per night for primitive tent camping. Water is available at the front office for filling and restrooms with flush toilets and bathhouses are available in several locations. There are also full RV hook-ups available and cabins too. The fee for panning is $5 per person per day, but ages 11 and under are free.


  1. that sucks about the rain but hey, it's all about the adventure isn't it?! 🙂

  2. LOL, I would totally set up within eyesight of a restroom too. The boys skipping those rocks makes me want to do it too!

  3. I think your trip is such a fabulous idea. The boys look like they're having an amazing time already! I can't wait to read the next post.

  4. We primitive camped all the time when I was a child so it's weird that I'm such a princess about camping now. I haven't been in years and I can't handle not having my own bathroom and kitchen. I've become a wimp! Enjoy your adventure, it is a wonderful thing for your family.

  5. This looks so fun. I wish we had something like it around here, but the closest are in New Hampshire & even those don't have panning or anything, just wander around and see if you can find something… lame.

  6. It looks like your trip is off to a fantastic start! Panning for gold and s'mores? You've already earned mom of the year.

  7. Sorry about the rough start, but it looks like you guys made the best of it. Can't wait to read (and see all the pics) to hear about your adventures this summer!

  8. What a neat place to stop – and I approve of where you set up your tent! I think you're a rock star, there's no way you'd find me camping for 53 days!

  9. This looks like the perfect start to a vacation. I think my family would have a blast out there panning for gold.

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