Alabama

State Park Campground Guide

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Alabama is geographically diverse, from the Smoky Mountains foothills and open plains to the Gulf of Mexico beaches, and has a low-key Southern charm that can captivate first-time visitors. The state’s history and culture are as much of a draw as its natural beauty, with large cities and universities, charming small towns, passionate football fans, delicious local foods like fresh seafood and barbecue, and a pivotal role in the civil rights movement.

Many RVers have learned that Alabama is an ideal destination. It may not be as well known, but wintering on the Gulf Coast can be a relaxing and economical experience, especially compared to the famous neighboring state of Florida. Alabama state park campgrounds are located in some of the most spectacular natural settings in the state, from the coast to inland lakes, rivers, and forests. With hookups and many resort-like amenities, state park campgrounds can offer a rewarding RV experience at a great value.

Gulf State Park

Reservations

To make a reservation, visit reservealapark.com/AlabamaWebHome/ or call the park directly. Reservations are encouraged but not required.

Reservations can be made from 12 months to one day in advance. 

During peak season, March 1–October 31, a minimum of two nights is required over weekends, three nights over holidays.

Campsite sizes

Site sizes vary by campground. General information about RV accommodation can be found on the specific park’s website.

Alabama’s campground reservation system does not allow searching by RV type or length, only by “Improved” or “Primitive” campsites. Search results can be filtered by “Premium” or “Standard” regarding types of hookups. 

Details about site pad length and back-in or pull-through access is displayed in the site availability grid and map. Be sure to read carefully and select a site that can accommodate your rig.

Accessibility

ADA-accessible sites are available at most campgrounds. Call the reservation line or the campground directly for information on booking.

Hookups

Water and electric hookups are offered at all campgrounds that accommodate RVs. Full hookups including sewer are available at many campgrounds. Each park’s website includes information about site amenities, and hookups can be searched for on the reservation website.

Connectivity

Alabama state parks campgrounds have been offering free WiFi since 2012. Service is available at most but not all parks, and may be accessible only from central areas like lodges. Check WiFi availability on the park website or by contacting the park directly.

Maximum stay

The maximum stay is 14 nights at most campgrounds. Check the park website or contact directly for further details.

Additional facilities

“Improved” or “Modern” campsites include a fire pit and picnic table in addition to partial or full hookups. Most campgrounds have modern restrooms, a dump station, potable water, a playground, and a store. 

Park facilities can include extensive activities like swimming beaches, watercraft rentals, fishing, multi-use trails, archery, golf, sports fields, and interpretive centers. Details can be found on each park’s website.

Cost

Campsite rates vary based on campground, specific site, and time of year. Each park’s website has a link to its campground rates, and prices are displayed per site / per date in the reservation system.

Nonrefundable reservation fee: $4.75

Cancellations within 72 hours of arrival forfeit the first night’s fee.

Pet policies

Pets are allowed as long as they’re kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet. The owner may need to present current vaccination records upon check-in. And of course, campers should always pick up after their pet.

Additional regulations

  • 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.
Lake Guntersville State Park

Featured Campgrounds

Gulf State Park

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.

Lake Guntersville State Park

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.

DeSoto State Park

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 

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