After six weeks of driveway surfing in our hometown, we’re finally back on the open road. It took us a few days to rediscover the rhythm of nomadic life. Our first campsite at Lake Payne Recreation Area was peaceful, but offered absolutely no cell reception. The second site, Oak Mountain State Park, was pricey and had out-of-date amenities. Finally, we found Noccalula Falls Park & Campground in Gadsden, Alabama. It has well developed hiking, lots of nature, and great connectivity.
Here’s the breakdown:
Location: Gadsden, Alabama
GPS: 34.04076, -86.01986
Price: $16/night for water & electric. They offer full hookups for a few dollars extra.
Date/Temp: We camped here for three nights in mid May. The highs were in the mid 80s, and lows in the mid 50s.
Amenities: This is a full service RV park, offering large (and clean) bathrooms & showers, a laundry facility, wifi, covered pavilions, hiking trails, and concessions. They also have a beautiful 90 ft waterfall, cabin rentals, and a small chapel for weddings.
Noise: This is a family friendly park with spaces very close to each other. The location of our site was tucked away in a corner, and pretty quiet. But, I imagine some of the other sites can get a little noisy.
Wifi/Cell: The campground offers free wifi, and during our stay it was amazingly fast. We also had strong T-Mobile and AT&T service.
Grocery/Errands: There are many large shopping centers three miles from the campground. Historic Downtown Gadsden is also three miles away. It didn’t seem too lively, but there were some local dining options in the area.
Dog Friendly: The campground welcomes dogs. All the hiking trails are dog friendly, and at our spot there was enough room to let River play on a short line.
Entertainment: The park is known for its beautiful falls. There is a well kept grassy lawn for casual sports, a petting zoo, and a replica antique train that offers daily rides. We were most impressed with the hiking trails. The Black Creek Trail System begins by the falls and follows the Black Creek for 1.7 miles. The trail is wide and properly maintained.
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