Best state parks in Alabama

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Explore the most popular state parks in Alabama with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Best state parks (20)
#1 - Cheaha State Park
Alabama
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This is a beautiful park in eastern Alabama, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The park is surrounded by the Talladega National Forest. You'll find miles of beautiful trails here, ranging from easy to moderately challenging. This park is one of the highest points in Alabama, which is why the local Creek Indians named it "Cheaha" meaning "high place". There is a fee to enter the park.Show more
#2 - Oak Mountain State Park
Alabama
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If you're looking for adventure for the whole family, Oak Mountain State Park is your spot. This is Alabama's largest park, and offers something for everyone. There are cottages, camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, mountain bike trails, and horseback riding facilities. It's a quick drive from Birmingham, so come early on a weekend day!Show more
#3 - Monte Sano State Park
Alabama
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This is a beautiful park right near Huntsville. The park boasts miles of trails for every experience level. There are lodges and conference areas if you're looking for a place to host an event. There are also cabins, campsites, and picnic areas for those looking to relax.Show more
#4 - DeSoto State Park
Alabama
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DeSoto State Park is a beautiful park perfect for the whole family. Situated atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama, this park provides waterfalls, wildflowers, meeting rooms, cabins, campsites, and miles of hiking/mountain biking trails. The park is located right near Interstate 59, so easy to get to from any direction.Show more
#5 - Chewacla State Park
Alabama
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Located near Auburn, this park is a beautiful reprieve from daily life and a great place to unwind. The park boasts a lake, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, campground, picnicking area, and cabins. There are some beautiful small waterfalls to check out as well.Show more
#6 - Gulf State Park
Alabama
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This is a beautiful park boasting over two miles of white sand beaches, and thousands of acres of natural woodland. There are sporting facilities for everyone including tennis courts, a golf course, a large lake for fishing/swimming/water skiing, nature programs, and picnic areas. There are, of course, miles of hiking trails too for those looking to explore the woods.Show more
#7 - Lake Guntersville State Park
Alabama
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This beautiful park is located on the shores of the Tennessee River in northeast Alabama. The park also borders the Guntersville Reservoir, and has thousands of acres of forest. Onsite there is also a golf course, fishing center, hiking trails, and a day-use area. For those looking to stay the night there are also lakeview cottages, a lodge, chalets, and a campsite.Show more
#8 - Lake Lurleen State Park
Alabama
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This is a great park within a few miles of Tuscaloosa, situated on the banks of Lake Lurleen. At 1,625 acres, there is plenty to explore with miles of trails. There are places to relax as well, including campgrounds, picnic areas, pavilions, and fishing piers. There is a fee to enter.Show more
#9 - Buck's Pocket State Park
Alabama
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NOTE: This park is currently closed. Please check the park website for more information. This is a beautiful park in northeastern Alabama, known for its incredible lookout points. The park sits atop a natural pocket, so the picnic area has great views. The park also hosts a campground, shelters, laundry, playground, and miles of hiking trails.Show more
#10 - Cathedral Caverns State Park
Alabama
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Cathedral Caverns State Park is Alabama's newest state park, and a must-see for everyone in Alabama. The main attraction is the cave, which boasts one of the largest openings for commercial caves in the world. The cave is wheelchair friendly too! The cave holds many delights including a "frozen" waterfall, color designs, stone formations, stalagmites, and more. Call the park for "Cave Tour" scheduling. There are also campsites with bathhouses on site.Show more
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