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7 Must-See State Parks in Alabama

There are many ways to enjoy a visit to Alabama – these exceptional state parks should be on the top of any visitor's list. From the coast to the farthest reaches in the north, explore these 7 AL state parks.


1. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

While there are many ways to explore outdoor Alabama, the state parks here are truly exceptional. Especially ideal during spring and summer, these parks are a must-visit – start your trek just southwest of Birmingham at the Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. Sprawled across 2,063 yards, Tannehill IHSP is home to the May Plantation Cotton Gin, and is open each day of the year, sun up to sun down.

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2. Frank Jackson State Park

Head for the city of Opp in the southern region of AL. Once there, be sure to spend some time exploring Frank Jackson State Park. A gorgeous spread of 2,050 acres, Frank Jackson State Park has been entertaining locals and visitors since 1970. Bring your bait and tackle and head for Lightwood Knot Creek.

3. Oak Mountain State Park

When your stay in Alabama has you square in the central region of the state, you won't want to miss any of the fun over at Oak Mountain State Park. Just minutes from Pelham, Oak Mountain is a favorite among hikers – there are 51 miles of designated hiking trails here, and to boot, there are 29 miles of biking trails, if you prefer to pedal. 

4. Joe Wheeler State Park

Plan for a stay in the far north region of Alabama. Here, you'll find the always impressive Joe Wheeler State Park, just to the west of Athens. Not only is the Joe Wheeler SP spread across 2,550 acres for you to explore, it's also home to The General Golf Course – 18 premier holes to play. During the summer, enjoy a cool-down with aquatic fun on Wheeler Lake.

5. Gulf State Park

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Enjoy the AL Coast at Meaher State Park

In the deep south of Alabama, along the Gulf Coast region, check out and explore Gulf State Park. A major draw for those staying in Gulf Shores, Gulf State Park is particularly ideal for summer visitors; two miles of sandy beaches await. There are also tennis courts, hiking trails, a fishing pier that juts out 1,512 feet into the sea, and a golf course!

6. Wind Creek State Park

Stick to the southern region of AL – closer to Opelika – and head for Wind Creek State Park. Just one more impressive example of the sterling state parks you'll find around the state, Wind Creek SP is at the northwestern ridge of Lake Martin. Easily accessed via State Route 63, Wind Creek SP is 1,445 acres in size, and offers some of the most exceptional fishing in the state. 

7. Meaher State Park

Before you depart from the coastal region of AL, do yourself a favor and check out the impressive Meaher State Park. Explore as much of the 1,327 acres as you can – bring your kayak and hit the open waters. Others prefer the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center for unmatched insights, while the 300-foot pier offers numerous fishing opportunities. The drive in from Daphne and Saraland is scenic. 

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Athens Inn

1329 US Highway 72 E, Athens AL 35611-4405
Phone: 256-233-4030  |  Fax: 256-233-4030  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Plus Carlton Suites

140 State Farm Pkwy, Birmingham AL 35209-7186
Phone: 205-940-9990  |  Fax: 205-940-9990  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Plus Daphne Inn & Suites

8931 Sawwood Street, Daphne AL 36527-7607
Phone: (251) 625-6260  |  Fax: (251) 625-8690  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western on the Beach

337 E Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores AL 36542-6505
Phone: 251-948-2711  |  Fax: 251-948-2711  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Auburn/Opelika Inn

205 N 21st Street, Opelika AL 36801-5447
Phone: 334-745-6293  |  Fax: 334-745-6293  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Opp Inn

7084 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Opp AL 36467-3772
Phone: (334) 493-9000  |  Fax: (334) 493-9025  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Plus Oak Mountain Inn

100 Bishop Circle, Pelham AL 35124-1397
Phone: 205-982-1113  |  Fax: 205-982-1113  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Saraland Hotel & Suites

1118 Shelton Beach Road, Saraland AL 36571-3016
Phone: (251) 675-4446  |  Fax: (251) 675-6041  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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