- Maximum occupancy per site: 2 vehicles, 8 people.
- Check-in time: 4 p.m. Check-out time: 11 a.m.
- Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Alcoholic beverages: Not specifically prohibited, but check with the park for any restrictions.
- Generator use: Regulations vary; check with the specific park.
- Campfires: Allowed in designated rings or pits, following local advisories.
- Drone use: Prohibited over public parks and recreation areas.
20115 State Park Road, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Experience the best of both worlds at Gulf State Park with a woodsy camping experience on a lake, just a short walk from miles of white-sand coastline and a lively beach scene. Encompassing more than 6,000 acres, Gulf State Park has extensive amenities and outdoor activities available, including nature walks and an interpretive center, miles of hiking and biking trails, a fishing pier, a large pool and splash pad, activity center, store, and watercraft rentals to enjoy on the inland lakes or open waters.
The campground is extensive, with almost 500 large, paved sites with full hookups, and an additional dozen primitive sites. WiFi, laundry facilities, and newly renovated bathhouses are available. Note that the cost reflects the location and amenities, from $59 to $77 per night on peak season weekends. This may be pricey for a state park campground, but the facilities and spectacular beachfront location set it apart. This is a popular destination for returning campers, and reservations are strongly recommended.
Note: Gulf State Park sustained flooding and damage from Hurricane Sally in September 2020. Check the park website for updates on the campground and facilities.
1155 Lodge Drive, Guntersville, AL 35976
Located along the banks of the Tennessee River and Alabama’s largest lake, with 6,000 acres of natural woodlands, Lake Guntersville State Park is beloved by Alabamans. In addition to extensive trails, renowned bass fishing, and boating, the park has many recreational activities, including a swimming beach, nature center, dog park, zip line, and 18-hole championship golf course. Stunning panoramic views and a large population of bald eagles draw photographers and wildlife admirers from all over.
The Main Campground, next to Lake Guntersville, has more than 250 campsites with water and electric hookups. Some sites have full hookups, and additional primitive sites are available. Site sizes and quality vary, some with concrete pads, large outdoor areas, or shade trees. See the reservation website for campsite details and pricing. Campground facilities include a store, playground, recreation area, laundry, and restrooms. Additional accommodation options at Lake Guntersville State Park include a main lodge, cabins, and chalets, making it a popular location for family vacation gatherings.
7104 DeSoto Parkway Northeast, Fort Payne, AL 35967
Experience another side of Alabama in this mountainous state park full of lush forest, stunning waterfalls, and abundant wildflowers. Situated atop Lookout Mountain in Alabama’s scenic northeast, DeSoto State Park is a destination for families, nature lovers, and thrill seekers alike. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, cycling, rappelling, and bouldering are all available at different ability levels. Wildflower expeditions, a nature center, and accessible boardwalks bring the natural wonders of the park to everyone.
Additional park facilities include a playground, Civilian Conservation Corps museum, and a seasonal Olympic-size pool. The wooded campground has more than 90 full hookup sites spacious enough to accommodate big rigs. Free WiFi is available. DeSoto State Park is a peaceful and comfortable base to tour the area, including Little River Canyon Nature Preserve, DeSoto Falls, and historic Fort Payne.
Alabama state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping
Bladon Springs State Park
Blue Springs State Park
Buck’s Pocket State Park
Cathedral Caverns State Park
Cheaha State Park
Chewacla State Park
Chickasaw State Park
DeSoto State Park
Frank Jackson State Park
Gulf State Park
Joe Wheeler State Park
Lake Guntersville State Park
Lake Jackson RV Park
Lake Lurleen State Park
Lakepoint State Park
Meaher State Park
Monte Sano State Park
Oak Mountain State Park
Paul M. Grist State Park
Rickwood Caverns State Park
Roland Cooper State Park
Wind Creek State Park
For more information on Alabama state park campgrounds, visit alapark.com/camping